ABOUT BED BUGS
While bed bugs are a pest dreaded by Bristol area homes, offices, hotels, stores, schools, and public transit systems have also been found susceptible to bed bug infestations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone who suspects a bed bug infestation in a home or commercial structure will most likely require professional bed bug control to eradicate a bed bug infestation.
Adult bed bugs are tiny at just one-quarter of an inch in length, which makes them comparable in size to an apple seed. Their young measure only between one and four millimeters. Generally flat and broad when unfed, the adult bed bug swells and gets longer after a meal. Their color changes too, transforming from brown to reddish brown after eating. Bed bugs have six legs and two antennae.
Bed bugs are known primarily because of their troubling habit of dining on blood. While humans seem to be their favorite food source, any warm-blooded animal will do, which means that dogs, cats and other pets may be at risk. Bed bugs are able to go for months without a single meal.
With their ability to survive all sorts of conditions, it is possible to find bed bugs almost anywhere. In residential homes and other structures, bed bugs have been spotted behind switch plates and inside picture frames. People have discovered these pests living under wallpaper and in various cracks and crevices. Although they may be found in other pieces of furniture, bed bugs are most often found in beds in residential homes and hotels. They can also be spotted hitchhiking on backpacks and purses or under the seats of cars and buses.
PROBLEMS WITH BED BUGS
Perhaps the most common and troubling concern that is connected to bed bugs is psychological in nature. Many people are terrified and repulsed by the idea of bed bugs, which can lead to anxiety and loss of sleep. Having a bed bug infestation handled by pest control professionals is the best way to restore peace of mind and to start enjoy meaningful sleep again.
Bed bugs are nocturnal pests that become more active when the sun sets. This is when they are most apt to feed since humans are likely to be in bed during these hours. An adult bed bug requires about five to 10 minutes of steady feeding to become fully engorged. Once sated, the pest retreats to a safe place where they can rest and mate. They will also seek a place to lay eggs at this time. After five to 10 days have passed, they will be prepared for their next meal. If they need to find another food source, bed bugs are adept hitchhikers. They can find transportation on clothing, in bags and on vehicle upholstery in their attempt to find a steady supply of blood. When conditions are optimal, they can live for up to 300 days. Females are able to lay between 200 and 500 eggs during that lifetime. Clearly, a small bed bug problem can quickly become an infestation
Many people detest even the idea of the bed bug thanks to the pest's habit of feeding on blood. Fortunately, no one is likely to contract a serious disease after coming into contact with a bed bug, even though researchers suggest that bed bugs can carry various diseases. The bite from a bed bug is liable to become red, raised and itchy, which is why their bite is often confused with that of the mosquito.
Real problems tend to arise only if the human victim fails to properly clean and care for bed bug bites. An infection can lead to increased swelling and bleeding, and some people may experience an allergic reaction.
Still, some people do experience a severe allergic reaction to the bed bug's bite. This may be especially true in cases when the victim receives a large number of bites at once. People who have an allergic reaction may experience the symptoms of asthma and anaphylaxis. These allergic reactions should be reviewed by a medical professional immediately to prevent serious complications from arising.
SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION
People in Bristol may have a bed bug problem if they spot the following signs and symptoms:
• Small spots of blood on bed sheets and pillow cases
• Seeing live bed bugs
• Red, itchy bites on people and pets
• Finding case skins which have been shed by juveniles
• Rusty-looking, dark spots on bedding which indicate bed bug defecation
Anyone can reduce the chances of a bed bug infestation by taking some simple prevention steps, including:
• Never bringing secondhand furniture into a building without inspecting it for an infestation
• Vacuuming suitcases upon return from travel
• Washing bedding in the hottest suitable water
• Storing suitcases in a large plastic trash bag while traveling
• Looking for the telltale signs of an infestation after having overnight guests or service calls
• Immediately fixing cracks in plaster
• Repairing wallpaper that has curled up to eliminate a hiding place
• Banishing clutter from around and under beds
BED BUG CONTROL
Bed bugs pose a major concern for home and business owners in Bristol and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Bed bugs are known to be extraordinarily elusive and difficult to eradicate. Therefore, the best treatment method is to hire a professional pest control company. With their comprehensive knowledge of bed bug behavior, habitats, along with specialized products and equipment, pest control technicians have everything that is necessary to get rid of an infestation for good.
BED BUG INSPECTION
Bed bugs do not favor one geographical location over another. They have been found in every state and nearly every pest control service provider has treated hotels/motels, apartments, homes, etc. for these persistent pests.
Clients, who are within a ten mile radius of our home office, and who believe they have a bed bug infestation, are encouraged to take advantage of our free professional inspection. With 20 years of experience, SafeGuard Pest Control LLC is well-qualified in locating and eliminating any bed bug infestation.
In the event bed bugs are detected, our technician can recommend the best treatment method for your situation.