Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small oval insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded hosts, and prefer humans. Bed bugs are generally nocturnal, and typically will attack humans while they are sleeping. Victims often wake and recognize red, itchy, and irritated areas of skin from bed bug bites.
Why Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
Bed bugs do not fly and commonly hitchhike among properties where humans reside within clothing, suitcases, and other belongings. Once they arrive at a new location, bed bugs begin feeding and reproducing, and become difficult to eliminate. Travelers are among those most likely to encounter them in hotels, or when using mass transportation, but they also might be introduced to a new home in second-hand furniture.
Fortunately, bed bugs are unlikely to transmit diseases among their hosts. However, people should be careful to avoid scratching irritated areas of their skin that could worsen, and increase the potential for a secondary infection. Females are capable of laying several eggs per day and hundreds throughout their lifespan, which causes minor bed bug intrusions to develop into much larger infestations.
The Appearance Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs in Florida are often described as appearing similar to an apple seed, and their bodies rarely exceed ¼ of an inch long. They have a flat body that is a reddish-brown color; however, the young bugs (nymphs) have a white, yellow, or translucent appearance. Bed bugs travel using their six legs, and are equipped with antennae.
Recognizing The Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation
- The most common hiding spots for bed bugs are in bedroom areas. They are often found on mattresses, box springs, or burrowed within bedding materials. Bed bugs often retreat to openings along baseboards, in laundry piles, or furniture.
- Look for small reddish blood stains and dark smears from feces on sheets, pillows, and mattresses.
- They shed their external skins as they grow, and leave small eggs and eggshells close to the bed.
- A musty odor is often detectable as the population grows.
Do I Need A Professional Pest Controller?
Retailers today are marketing various do-it-yourself home treatment options that make exaggerated claims of effectiveness. Many of these products, including foggers, foams, and aerosol sprays, are not sufficient for completely eliminating serious bed bug infestations. The best course of action is to consult with a licensed pest controller that is trained and equipped to banish these pests.
The experienced technicians with EnSec of Florida can use an advanced method of thermal remediation for eradicating bed bugs from homes. The process involves a heat treatment that increases the temperature to a level that bed bugs are unable to withstand. One benefit of this treatment process is that it involves no harmful chemicals that could have an adverse residual effect on humans or pets. The heat treatment will also extend to hard-to-reach areas within walls where bed bugs often hide.
Licensed Provider Of Pest Extermination Services In Pensacola
Did you know that the team of experienced home pest control professionals with EnSec of Florida has been delivering results for Pensacola property owners struggling with bed bugs, mosquitoes, rodents, termites, and other troublesome pests for more than 20 years? Our formula for success is largely attributed to a firm commitment to superior customer service, and offering a satisfaction guarantee.
When our experts arrive at your home, they provide a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior areas of the property to determine the extent of any pest-related concerns. We also identify any existing conditions that make the premises vulnerable to a future invasion from unwanted pests.
We continue to use many of the latest products and treatment methods in the industry today, in accordance with the best practices of the Florida Pest Management Association (FPMA) and other organizations that promote safety and environmental concerns. Contact our office today for an onsite inspection, and no-obligation estimate that will help you get rid of all your bed bug problems.