Expert Colton Bed Bug Services
Once all but gone in North America the tiny blood-sucking insects are back and wreaking havoc across the country. According to the centers for disease control they don’t spread disease but are notoriously difficult to contain and expensive to exterminate. Bed bugs are everywhere. Nobody is immune to bed bugs.
Just reading or hearing about bed bugs make a lot of people itch. But knowing where to look and what to look for is your best defense. Most people will either see a bite reaction on their skin or see droppings or see the bed bugs crawling.
Where Do They Come From?
How do bed bugs get brought in to a home? Bed bugs are normally good hitchhikers and if you’re traveling they can easily get in your luggage, briefcase, or even clothing. Once they’re in your home they can migrate easily between rooms through wiring. Bed bugs feed on blood while you’re sleeping. They inject a numbing agent first so you don’t feel their bite. After about 10 minutes they go back in to hiding nearby. In some people a series of otherwise unexplained red bite marks or even welts will appear shortly after getting bit, but this is not the case for every person.
Unfortunately many people don’t react to bed bug bites and they never know they have a bed bug problem unless they see the insects. The bed bug starts out in an egg stage, like many other pests. Once the egg hatches it is then called a nymph; a little insect about 1 mm long or the thickness of a credit card. From an egg to an adult the insect changes dramatically. Adults are always darker reddish brown, a quarter of an inch long or more. As it feeds and takes in blood it becomes plumper; so it goes from flat to plump.
Where to Inspect for Active Bed Bugs
The first place to look is in the pillowcases. Check the seams for signs of blood or fecal matter. Check the seams of your bedding, layer by layer all around the bed; including bed skirts. Look for blood stains or smears or dark spots which are their fecal matter. The mattress itself is a notorious hiding place for bed bugs. They’re known to nest along the seams, the sides and around grommets.
Don’t forget the box spring; check around and under it. Carefully examine behind the headboard, the bed frame, any storage space under your bed and of course, everything that may be on the floor around the bed, including nearby furniture. The bottom of side tables and nightstands. Bed bugs will hide on or in wood, fabric, metal, foams, electronics; anything so long as it is close to their food source, which is you.
Even though most times they are found in the bed, you still want to check the couch, easy chairs and desk areas. Wherever you spend significant time lying or sitting still. Despite the horror stories you may have heard about bed bugs infesting every nook and cranny in your home, for most people a thorough search like this is good enough to determine any present bed bugs.
A lot of people think that you can find bed bugs all over the place. That’s true but only if there is an infestation. It takes months to end up with this type of infestation. By checking regularly you can prevent an infestation and get treatment at the first sign of a bed bug problem.
Colton Bed Bug Inspections
We recommend people regularly inspect for bed bugs; especially if you travel often. Four times a year could be sufficient enough if you have no other reason to check more often. Otherwise you might make it part of your regular laundry routine; when you’re changing the bedding check for bed bugs. If you can catch a bed bug infestation early it will be less costly and less stressful to deal with.
Phone Best Colton Pest Control for Superior Bed Bug Services
If you suspect you might have a bed bug problem inspect the areas we mentioned above and then give us a call at (909) 895-0011 if you find evidence of bed bugs. We can provide a hassle-free quote and get your scheduled to eradicate the bed bugs as soon as possible.