How to Spot and Treat Bed Bugs
Discovering that you have an insect problem in your home or business facility is never pleasant, but finding bed bugs is especially disturbing. A bed is where you go to relax, feel safe and get a good night’s sleep. Bed bugs can also take up residence on many other objects. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to spot bed bugs and there are highly effective methods for treatment, such as PestFix®, your pest control specialists!
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects, but they can be seen if you look carefully. Young bed bugs are lightly colored, starting at about 1/16th of an inch. The adults are approximately the size of an apple seed, about 3/8 of an inch. They’re oval shaped with six legs, and although they don’t fly or jump, they can move quickly. Bed bugs tend to be found in groups. Bed bug eggs are tiny and white, and they affix themselves to surfaces. Other signs of bed bugs include white-colored shed skins and rusty spots on bed sheets from droppings and crushed bugs. You might also see their eggs and casings in droppings or in crevices. With bad infestations, there might be a sweet, musty odor. Bed bug bites typically cause a rash or an itchy red welt.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found?
There are many places where bed bugs can hide. This includes mattresses, bed frames, headboards and box springs, especially along piping and seams, under labels and handles and underneath a dust cloth below a box spring. Bed bugs are not only found on beds! They also enjoy folds and seams in curtains. They like to hide under furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting and padding, baseboards and wood moldings and loose wallpaper. They’re found inside of and behind mirrors and picture frames, and anywhere there’s a nail hole, crack or crevice. Bed bugs can be in clothing and general household clutter in closets, underneath beds, inside electrical outlets and switch plates and in clocks, computers, televisions, phones and smoke detectors. They’re also sometimes seen on bags, backpacks and luggage.
The Dangers of Bed Bugs
While bed bugs are not known to carry any dangerous diseases and their bites are typically painless, occurring while you sleep, in some cases a person might have an allergic reaction. If this happens, there may be painful swelling. Mostly, their bites will be itchy and annoying. There can be health risks if one scratches the skin enough to damage it and an infections gets in.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Even if you don’t develop anything more serious than an itchy welt, of course you will want to get rid of these human parasites! Just using pesticides probably won’t be enough. An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system is typically required. This includes an understanding of the pest, a rigorous inspection, ongoing control methods and monitoring, reducing clutter, using physical barriers and the smart use of pesticides. PestFix can help! We offer a highly effective IPM System that begins with inspection, analysis of your facility and pest identification. We then customize our program to fit your unique situation and requirements. Our ongoing treatment and monitoring eliminates pests and keeps them from returning.
In addition to treating your home or facility, our professional pest control team has a wealth of expertise and experience, so we can advise you as to “best practices” for keeping bed bugs — and other pests — at bay.