Bed Bug Exterminator
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BED BUG EXTERMINATOR


Posted By SafeGuard Pest Control Administrator  

WHY ARE BED BUGS SO HARD TO GET RID OF?



Much has been written about bed bug infestations. This is because these pest problems appear to be happening with greater frequency.

Experts suggest numerous reasons why bed bugs seem to be more prevalent than they used to be. Part of the problem is that people are traveling more often than ever before. Accordingly, it is more likely that people will visit a hotel room that has an ongoing infestation, and they then unknowingly bring the problem home with them.

Additionally, bed bugs are minuscule in size which enables them to hide most anywhere. Bed bugs are active only at night, come out for feeding infrequently, and travel easily from one location to another.

To make matters worse, most people are unfamiliar about how bed bugs are contracted and spread, which only exacerbates the problem.

These are just some of the many reasons that bed bugs are so hard to get rid of and why professional pest control is needed.

HOW BED BUGS ARE SPREAD



Experts often refer to bed bugs as "travelers." This is because they are incredibly adept when it comes to attaching themselves to portable items like purses, suitcases, briefcases and clothing. The pests even may be living in the seams of furniture. When a person sits in an infested couch or chair, they may pick up a hitchhiker without realizing it.

When someone brings home an infested article, it is the beginning of a new infestation. Bed bugs are capable of quick reproduction, especially when they have a steady food source. This means that bringing home just one or two insects can lead to a large-scale infestation in a matter of weeks.

Once inside a building, bed bugs may be forced to spread out as their population explodes. They will travel through openings in walls, floors and ceilings to get from one room to the next. Pipes, wires and cables may serve as bed bug highways, taking them to other rooms where they find hiding spots and seek a food source.

DO BED BUGS HAVE WINGS?



It is a common misnomer for people to believe that bed bugs have wings. In fact, most common pests do have wings, so it is not surprising that people might expect bed bugs to fly in through an open window as other insects do.

However, bed bugs do not have wings. Scientists know that the prehistoric ancestors of today's bed bugs did have wings and were capable of flight. Modern members of the species only have wing pads that are not functional.

It also is worth noting that bed bugs cannot jump. This means that they must rely on climbing and crawling to find a host or hide. Bed bugs commonly latch onto fabric and await transport into a home. Capable of surviving for weeks or months without a meal, this strategy often is successful.

WHERE DO BED BUGS HIDE?



Bed bugs use their tiny size to great advantage. With flat, oval-shaped bodies and a length of about 1/8 of an inch, members of the species are capable of sliding into remarkably small spaces. For transport, they cling to the seams of furniture, luggage, clothing and other items. Unless people carefully inspect such articles before bringing them home, they are unwittingly helping to start a new infestation.

Once inside a home, hotel room or dorm room, bed bugs try to conceal themselves in close proximity to the beds where people sleep. Preferred hiding locations include the seams of mattresses and box springs or somewhere within the bed frame, footboard or head board.

If these locations become too crowded, then some bed bugs will move to furniture and other items, trying to stay within about five to seven feet of the bed. Accordingly, nightstands, lamps and dressers all may become infested. It is not unusual to find bed bugs hiding in remote controls, books, flashlights and piles of undisturbed paperwork.

Some infestations become so large that the bed bugs are forced to hide within picture frames or behind the baseboard on walls. Bed bugs have been discovered hiding behind the plates of light switches and electrical outlets as well as window and door frames. If there are any upholstered chairs, loveseats or stools in the room, then these may be infested as well. Children's toys, especially stuffed animals, also may become infested.

When the bed bug population explodes, then it may become necessary for the pests to spread to another bedroom. They are capable of crawling through carpet to accomplish this, but they also may use electrical wiring or pipes to move to different rooms.

WHY DO BED BUGS COME OUT AT NIGHT?



Researchers have discovered that bed bugs tend to be light averse. This is why they seek dark, hidden places to conceal themselves during the day. Under cover of darkness, they emerge to find food or to find a new place to hide if their current spot is untenable.

The one food that bed bugs require is blood. A human host is preferred, though any mammal will do if the pest is particularly hungry. The species has developed adaptations that help them to find a host when one is nearby. Over millennia, bed bugs have developed an acute circadian rhythm that helps them to sense daylight hours from nighttime hours.

Darkness cues them to leave their hiding spots. Then, they are drawn to a host by carbon dioxide emissions. As they get closer, they sense the heat put off by the host. This helps to unerringly guide them to a blood meal.

Bed bugs depend upon their ability to escape detection for survival. Accordingly, they do not move much during the daylight when hosts are more likely to see them and kill them. This means that they must use the nighttime to get all of the food they need.

WILL BED BUGS DIE IN THE COLD?


Unfortunately, no. It is unlikely that it will be cold enough for long enough to kill bed bugs. Bed bugs actually have a high tolerance for cold.  Bed bugs must be subjected to temperatures at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit for a period of at least four days or more before they will die.

However, sunlight, humidity, temperature variations and other factors during the day increase the risk that bed bugs will survive.

DO NOT attempt to freeze your apartment or house by opening the windows and turning off the heat. There is a major risk that structural damage will occur and you will not kill the bed bugs.

WHY IS PROFESSIONAL BED BUG CONTROL NECESSARY?



In most instances, do-it-yourself products are ineffective against bed bugs. That is why specialized products and treatment equipment is needed which are mainly available only to licensed pest control companies.

Experienced bed bug control professionals know which types of products and treatment methods are best to use for any given situation in order to prevent the spreading of a bed bug population and the elimination of the infestation in the most timely and effective manner possible.

DOES PROFESSIONAL BED BUG EXTERMINATION WORK?



In most instances, do-it-yourself products are ineffective against bed bugs. That is why specialized products and treatment equipment is needed which are mainly available only to licensed pest control companies.

Experienced bed bug control professionals know which types of products and treatment methods are best to use for any given situation in order to prevent the spreading of a bed bug population and the elimination of the infestation in the most timely and effective manner possible.

WILL BED BUGS RETURN AFTER EXTERMINATION?



In some cases bed bug activity may continue after extermination. Typically, pest control providers offer inspections and any follow-up treatments that may be necessary to ensure that the problem is eradicated.

When bed bugs invade, homeowners are encouraged to take swift action by contacting a licensed exterminator who can end the infestation.

BED BUG CONTROL



SafeGuard  Pest Control, LLC. has been providing area homeowners and business owners with quality, long-lasting pest control extermination services for nearly 30 years.  And as a licensed pest control provider, we have the products, tools, and experience to eradicate any type of bed bug infestation.

We provide clients with a 100% guarantee and follow up visits to ensure peace of mind and complete bed bug eradication.

BED BUG INSPECTION



If you suspect you may have a bed bug problem, call us. We will conduct a FREE professional inspection of your  home or business within a 10-mile radius of our office, searching for all of the known tell-tale signs of a bed bug problem, in all of the areas that could harbor bed bugs and bed bug eggs.

In the event bed bugs are discovered, we will discuss our findings with you and explain the best treatment options for your situation.
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