Did you know that if you miss ONE pregnant female bed bug, you could be infested within 3 months of over 300 adults and 1,000 new eggs? Bed bug infestations occur rapidly, before you even know there’s a major problem. We have compiled a few ways to help you identify these pests, and how to keep them at bay.
Identifying Bed Bugs
The first step is actually identifying that you have bed bugs. Look for brown and reddish stains on and near your mattress that are about the size of an apple seed. These pests are sneaky, so they’re really good at finding hiding places you probably don’t think to look at. You can also identify bed bug eggs by their pale yellow skin. However, eggs are generally about 1mm, so very small and hard to see with the naked eye.
Bed Bug Bites
Some people begin to notice bed bug bites, before they even spot a bed bug. Bites most commonly are small, itchy, red and in a line. If you begin to notice these bites, do a thorough check of your sheets, mattress and other bedding to try and spot a bed bug. Act quickly, because remember that bed bugs can multiply rapidly, and you want to get it under control before anything worse happens. Your first step should be contacting a professional pest control company such as Scout Pest Control.
Inspection & Treatment
Scout Pest Control has all of the tools and necessary equipment to make sure those pesky bed bugs are removed and prevented from reinfestation. Home remedies and over the counter products very rarely actually get rid of the infestation. You need trusted professionals that have been trained on how to spot evidence of bed bugs. As mentioned above, they are very tiny and hard to see with the naked eye, especially if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. Our technicians at Scout Pest Control have years of experience treating these types of infestations, and we can put your mind at ease that these pests are out of your home.
We will begin by inspecting the problem areas, and work our way through your home to make sure we have located all areas where an infestation is present. Your bed bug infestation could range from your bedroom, to living room, to bathrooms and more. They are attracted to all furniture and dark, moist places.
After our initial inspection, we will suggest the best plan of action. If there is an infestation present, we will start a treatment plan that targets bed bugs and bed bug larvae, to ensure they can’t mature, breed, or bite.
After your treatments have ceased, we will make a follow-up appointment to ensure our treatments worked, and that there are no more infestations present in your home. We will then recommend any next steps, and advice on keeping bed bugs out of your home for good.
If you spot bed bugs in your home, don’t freak out. They are more common than you might think, and can be introduced to your home from multiple different sources. If your plan of action is quick, you can catch them before they’ve had time to multiply.