Bed bugs are insects about the size of an apple seed and live off blood from animals and humans – these become red and swollen after a meal. Eggs hatch within 6 to 10 days and under favorable conditions, bed bugs can live for up to a year, even without feeding. Mattresses, bed frames, box springs, linens, comforters, upholstered furniture, luggage, and clothing are just a few of the places where bed bugs can breed and thrive. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers; they can reach your home from places you’ve been to – the office, a hotel, an infested cab, or even the gym. Visitors who spend the night at your house might unknowingly bring in these unwanted guests as well.
Although small, mature bed bugs are visible to the naked eye and an infestation can be detected. Signs to look out include:
- Shed exoskeletons, or shells. As bed bugs mature, they molt and leave behind a trail of casings – a sign of a growing bed bug population.
- Fecal matter: Check for clusters of tiny, brown or rust-colored spots on your bed.
- Blood stains: Blood on your bed linens or pillows is a common indicator of a bed bug problem.
- Bites: Bed bugs feed on human blood for up to 10 minutes. Check for red, swollen welts on your upper body, neck, arms, and shoulders.
Bed bugs are nocturnal and will bite exposed areas of a person’s skin while sleeping, which may cause severe itching, allergic reactions, and even bacterial infections.
Getting rid of an infestation is not easy, and will require professional pest control for bed bugs. If you’re looking for a bed bug extermination provider near you, Nextgen Pest Solutions’ thorough bed bug extermination process is the best course of action against a larger infestation.
- Chemical application – Using a combination of chemicals approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency help exterminate bed bug populations and prevent these from coming back.
- Heat treatment – Items such as shoes, luggage, linens, and clothing are subject to temperatures ranging from 117 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures that are lethal to bed bugs.
- Steam treatment – Hot steam is used to kill bed bugs, larvae, and eggs nesting on bed frames, curtains, and pillows.
- Cryonite freeze treatment – A non-toxic new treatment for pest control that kills pesticide resistant bed bugs and most insect pests in all life stages by rapid freezing.
From initial site inspection to post-treatment monitoring, a Nextgen Pest Solutions expert will make sure that the bed bug problem is addressed at the source and help keep your home is pest-free.