Yes, bed bugs are real! As you might know, bed bugs have made resurgence in our area. However, while you should be concerned— do not be alarmed! You can feel secure in knowing that Hopper Termite and Pest Management are pest management experts that can help rid your property of this nuisance pest!
Should you encounter a problem – bed bugs are difficult to get rid of, and do-it-yourself treatments and home remedies unfortunately, do not work, and in some instances can make matters worse. So, if you are worried you may have a problem, give us a call and one of our licensed professionals will be glad to perform a free inspection to properly identify the problem.
As bed bugs become more common, it is important to take steps to prevent them and understand what you need to do If you think you have an infestation, below is some key information:
Bed Bug Biology and Behavior:
What do they look like?
Bed Bugs are small insects, adults are about 1/4 inch long and are compared to apple seeds or lentils in size, bed bug nymphs are even smaller. They have flat oval shaped bodies with six legs and two antennae. Adult bed bugs are rusty brown in color, however after a blood meal, they turn reddish-brown. Baby bed bugs, or nymphs can be almost colorless when they first hatch, turning more brown as they mature.
What do they eat?
Bed bugs feed on human blood; however they are not known to transmit any infectious disease(s).
Where do they hide?
Bed bugs will spend most of their time in hiding, moving around primarily at night for feeding. They prefer locations close to a host, but can be located considerable distances from a bedroom. They like to hide in small cracks and crevices, places that are warm and dark.
Where to Look:
Bed Bugs are built small and flat, which allows them to hide in many places. When looking for signs of bed bugs you should look in the following places:
- On the mattress and inside the box spring
- Linens and upholstery
- Behind Headboard(s) and other bed components
- Behind walls and baseboards
- Behind picture frames and peeling wallpaper
- Within curtains and draperies and curtain and shower rods
- Within electrical equipment such as: lamps, clocks, radios, smoke alarms etc…
- Electrical boxes and outlets
- Within and on the exterior of couches and chairs or the upholstery (around seams and zippers)
- At wall floor and wall ceiling junctions
- Near the edge and underneath rugs
What are the signs of bed bugs?
An early warning that you might have a problem is the presence of small reddish-brown fecal spots on mattresses and linens in and around the bed. Bed bugs will also leave behind molted skins and white, sticky eggs (eggs may be small and translucent, which can be hard to see).
Bed bugs also bite, which can leave itchy red welts on the legs, arms and other body parts. A person cannot feel a bed bug bite, yet their salvia can cause a reaction. It is important to note that not everyone will have a reaction to bed bug bites; reactions are highly individual, depending on a person’s sensitivity.
Treatment of Bed Bugs
While, the thought of having bed bugs can be scary, not to worry. Hopper Termite and Pest Management can help! Our highly trained and licensed professionals will follow a proven process to ensure your home or business becomes bed bug free.
1) perform a through inspection to properly identify pest and level of infestation
2) Educate the customer on how to prepare and ensure a successful treatment
3) Develop a treatment plan, which may include multiple methods such as: IPM strategies, application of pesticides, and steam treatment.
Even after treatment it is important to note that reinfestation of bed bugs is possible, it is important to educate yourself on how best to prevent reinfestation of bed bugs. Call or visit our office for more information.