Bed bug Removal
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are insects that live off of the blood of animals & humans. They live in small tight areas like cracks and crevices and are well-known for taking up residence in beds, hence the name. Bed bugs are small, about the size of an Appleseed, which can make them difficult to see until you are specifically looking for them.
Also known as Cimex lectularius, common bed bugs have been around for centuries, but have become a household name since the early 2000s. Â Before that they were relatively rare in developed countries. As travel has grown, so have the numbers of bed bug infestations.
The Bedbug Life Cycle
Bedbugs reproduce by “traumatic insemination” which is the process of the mail wounding the female’s abdomen and planting his sperm in the wound. Females can lay up to 200 eggs in their lifetime.
There are five juvenile or “nymph” stages before becoming an adult bedbug. The entire lifespan can be up to a year or more.
Bed bug Statistics
- It is estimated that 20% of midwest homes have a bed bug infestation.
- 84% of pest control professionals report that they were initially contacted about a different kind of pest.
- 91% of pest control professionals reported finding bed bugs in single-family homes. 89% found them in apartments/condominiums. 68% had found them in hotels/motels.
- 92% of all infestations are discovered after a human has been bitten by bed bugs.
- Bed bugs love hiding out in furniture, mattresses & box springs.
- Some spots you wouldn’t think about include; stuffed animals, wheelchairs, airplanes, buses, and purses.
Bed bug Myths
While a good portion of bed bug information is true, but there are also a lot of myths surrounding these pests.
- You can’t see bed bugs. – False. You can actually see bed bugs with the naked eye.
- Bed bugs can jump and fly. – False. Bed bugs can not jump or fly. They do not have wings to allow them to fly and their legs are not built in a way to allow them to jump much.
- Bed bugs can live up to a year without food. – False. They can go up to 2-3 months without food, but an entire year is not likely.
- They only bite at night. – False. Nighttime is their most active time, but bed bugs will adapt and feed at any time.
- They prefer dirty or unsanitary conditions. – False. Bed bugs do not discriminate. They will live anywhere, preferring cracks and crevices in furniture, clothes, or other fabrics. Clutter makes them more difficult to spot, but bed bugs tend to be more active in highly populated areas.
Bed Bug Extermination
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to exterminate. While there are do-it-yourself methods, it is a very complex process, with a high likelihood of failure. Getting rid of bed bugs without professional help can take weeks or even months, making the process that much more difficult.
The first viable option is the use of spray pesticides. There are over 300 products listed by the Environmental Protection Agency for use on mattresses, room and whole-home extermination. We have the knowledge and expertise to use these pesticides.
We offer bed bug heat treatment. While you have to leave your house, this is an effective and less intrusive method than other bed bug extermination methods. We heat your house to 120 degrees, killing all bed bugs and even other insects, mold and harmful bacterias.
As a last measure, structural fumigation requires tarping your entire home and several days of evacuation. This process allows the gasses to permeate every crack and crevice in your home, killing bed bugs.