Common problem found in homes these days!
In recent years, bed bug infestations have become a common problem. Although they were often previously associated with overcrowding and dilapidated housing environments, this is no longer the case. They have returned and can be found in the cleanest living rooms, hotels, and large apartment buildings.
The reasons that they have returned are not fully understood, but it is believed to be partially related to the increase in travel among people, which includes easy movement of luggage or other items that may have become infested or exposed.
Due to changes in regulations, pesticides that were previously approved and used to control bed bugs are no longer being used, which may also be a contributing factor to their resurgence.
Initial signs of a bed bug infestation
Because bed bugs are nocturnal and only come out at night to feed, most people do not know they have an infestation until they wake up with bite marks. Keep in mind that it usually takes 24-36 hours after exposure for some bite marks to appear, although not all humans will react to the bites. There have been many cases where both partners in the same bed are getting bit, but only one will show a visible reaction with the “bug bites”. Most bites are similar in size and shape to that of a mosquito bite, with the small red raised bump, but some people react more severely and will have larger whelps on their skin. The bites will also be in a “group or cluster” such as a circle, or in a straight line as if the bed bugs will have formed a single-file line along the same vein and fed. Although bed bugs are not considered to be disease-carriers, individuals have been known to have allergic reactions, which include hives. When bed bugs feed on humans, they generally spend about 10 minutes. Although most people do not know this is occurring, they will awaken with itchy red skin or bites due to the saliva of the bed bug that they have injected into the skin. This saliva acts as a “numbing” agent, which is also why we do not wake or feel the bed bug biting or feeding.
Initial/Visual Inspection and Confirmation of Bed Bugs
One of the initial tasks of control is inspections to locate where the bed bugs are hiding and to determine the degree/severity of infestation. The results of a thorough inspection can determine the treatment protocol.
Our experienced exterminators know exactly where to look. When an infestation is suspected, a visual inspection by one of our service technicians is the best way to detect bed bugs. They are small (adults are roughly the size and color of an apple seed) and can be difficult to see to the untrained eye. Bed bugs prefer to hide out in spots such as: box springs, mattresses, picture frames, night stands, cushions, and behind light switches and outlet covers.
Our initial inspection will include careful examination of bed linens, pillowcases, sheets, seams of mattresses and box springs. We will also inspect headboards and bed frames looking for any evidence of the insects in cracks and crevices as well as other normal hiding places that we mentioned above.
Why is confirming the bed bug infestation so important?
If a customer has been bitten, they may ask for us to treat the area, even if we are not able to locate or properly ID the infestation or pest. This is not recommended since bed bug bites are like other insect bites. The label typically requires the proper insect identification before applying any type of chemical product or treatment.
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