Bed Bug

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Bed Bug

Description:

Adults are 1/4” to 5/8” long and up to 1/8” wide.  They are a reddish-brown mahogany color and their bodies are flattened and oval shaped.  Although the bugs are covered with tiny hairs, they appear shiny when seen.  Bed Bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts.

Behavior:

A host, harborage, and warmth are the bed bugs primary need.  They prefer to feed in dark conditions, usually in the night time hours.  Because of their flattened bodies, they are extremely good at hiding in small cracks and crevices.  Common harborages include, but are not limited to folds and tufts of mattresses, coils of springs, posts of bedsteads, and upholstery of chairs and sofas.  Harborage areas will expand with heavier infestations.  Signs of infestations include their fecal matter, eggs, and skin castes.  The Bed Bug’s bite is painless and can last up to 15 minutes.  Skin irritations from bites are caused by a reaction to the Bed Bug saliva.

Control:

Bed Bug on Mattress

The first step to control is a thorough inspection done by one of our professionals.  We will determine whether or not there is a bed bug infestation, what areas need to be treated, and what preparations are needed for the treatments.  Treatments primarily consist of precise applications of insecticides into known bed bug harborages and potential hiding places throughout the living space.  Bedding encasements, vacuuming, and steaming may also be implemented.  At least two additional visits are done following the initial treatment.  These follow-ups are to re-inspect infested areas and apply additional control measures.

Fun fact:

An adult Bed Bug can survive for over a year without a blood meal.