Night-Night, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite! …A common phrase we jokingly use when we tuck our kids into bed. However, you may be saying this in all sincerity in today’s world.
The experts at The Pest Control General Store’s Pest Focus for the Mont of May is…you guessed it! Bedbugs!
Did you know that Bed Bug infestations are on the rise in our country? An increase in bed bug infestations have been growing in the US since 2004 and continue to rise and the problem is not going to go away any time soon.
Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat, oval bodies about the size of an apple seed.
Bedbugs are considered hitchhikers; meaning that they enter your home easily by traveling on items like:
- used furniture and bedding
Once they cling on and move into your home, the battle has begun!
Although bedbugs do not live in nests like ants or bees, they do tend to live groups. Since these bugs are flat and very small, they are likely to be found in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite at night.
They also may scatter through a bedroom, moving into any crevice or unprotected location as well as spreading to nearby rooms or apartments.
Since bedbugs live on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. It is just as easy to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as well as in filthy ones.
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What Damage Do They Cause?
Bedbugs active at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin feeding on blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from 3 to 10 minutes. Once they become engorged they stop feeding and leave the scene unnoticed.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Bedbug bites can be found on any exposed skin that may be exposed during sleeping.
How do I Know if I Have Bedbugs?
Here are some telltale signs of a bedbug infestation:
- If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep,
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands
How Do I Get Rid of Them
The Pest Control General Store is dedicated to educating you about bed bugs and how to win the battle against them. No one is immune to these pests.
The good news is that there ARE ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no chemical quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.**
The Pest Control General Store has the Professional-Strength products that you will need to combat this problem and win, but more importantly, The Pest Control General Store has the Expert advice you need to be successful in this treatment.
Where Bed Bugs are concerned, it’s “Buyer Beware.” Retail chemical manufacturers, chain store marketing strategists, and fly by night “get rich quick” scheme artists are preying on consumer fear and two things are happening;
- People are wasting valuable time and money on products that do not work and
- The bed bug population is spreading like a wild fire throughout the country because they are not being controlled properly. Don’t fall into this trap.
You can trust the Professionals at Pest Control General Store to guide you step-by-step through this process.
The Pest Control General Store are EXPERTS in this field and keep up-to-date on all of the products and safety issues involved.
YOU CAN DO IT with the help of The Pest Control General Store
**Always read and follow manufacturer’s labels and directions.