Bed Bug Removal
Bed bugs have been around for a long time. In addition to being pesky, unsanitary and causing irritating bites in some people, new research is emerging that there could even be a possible link between bed bugs and the Chagas disease in humans. In most cases, the warning signs are hard to spot, and may not even leave bites behind--these insects often only cause itchy bites in people that are allergic, which makes it even more difficult to identify a problem.
Bed bugs are extremely common all over the world--including here in the Southeast. Whether you encounter bed bugs in your home or from travelling, you don’t have to accept bed bugs as a fact of life. Instead, educating yourself about them will help you keep them out of your house (or help you know what to do if you suspect you have an infestation).
It is a process to get rid of bed bugs, so it won’t happen overnight, but a little hard work will go a long way. To make sure you fully eradicate these pests, it is often best to call in a pest control professional specializing in bed bugs. Ensec Pest and Lawn pest control professionals have extensive experience in bed bug control. With locations from Mobile, AL to Panama City, FL, they are the local bed bug experts.
Ensec utilizes the most cutting-edge treatments, using both thermal remediation (heat) treatments, as well as conventional chemical treatment methods to get the fastest possible control of these pests.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are very small, and they don’t usually come out in the daytime. They have six legs and their body is in the shape of an oval. An adult lives for just under a year; they can go months at a time without a feeding. If they have just bitten a human, they are bright red in color. If they have not eaten recently, they take on more of a rust color instead. The baby bed bugs, or nymphs, are pale yellow in color.
How Do You Know If You Have Bed Bugs?
If you suspect that you have bed bugs, there are signs to look for. First, examine your mattress, paying particular attention to the creases. If you have bed bugs, you may seeing droppings in this area; the droppings are black and will not come off, even if you rub them.
You can also examine your sheets to see if you have blood stains on them. Try putting light colored sheets on your bed, first, so that it will be easier to see. In addition, bed bugs leave behind skin casings when they transition to different life stages. These casings are light in color.
What Can You Do If You Have Bed Bugs?
Don’t give them a place to hide. Get rid of as much clutter as you can. Not only will doing so help you in the short-term, but it will also make treatment more effective if you have a professional pest control company come out to the property.
Dry all your clothes in high heat and pack them in sealed containers, only opening them to get out the items that you need to wear. In addition, wash your bedding regularly and make sure to dry it on high heat as well.
Put on a mattress cover. Any bed bugs that are hiding in your mattress will die if the cover is left on long enough. In addition, the encasement means that no additional bed bugs will be able to get into that area of the room. In order to completely keep these pests out, however, it is important to buy a mattress protector that is specifically made to keep bed bugs out--a generic cover will not provide complete protection.
Sleep where you always sleep. If you try and move into another room, the bed bugs will likely follow, and then you will have an even bigger infestation.
In order to completely get rid of bed bugs, it is important to get professional help. Bed bugs are a very tricky pest to deal with, and while you may be able to alleviate the situation somewhat, chances are that you will not be able to get rid of all of them without the help of a professional. Contact the bed bug specialists at Ensec today for more information.