Bed Bug Removal Services
Once, most people had never heard of bedbugs or thought that they were an invention from stories for children. With a resurgence in this pest, bed bugs are no longer unfamiliar. Most of us know someone who has had an infestation of bedbugs or has suffered through one themselves. Think you may have a bedbug problem? Read on to learn how to detect bedbugs, how to prevent them and the best methods for bed bug removal.
What are bedbugs?
Bedbugs are small insects about 5 mm in length. They feed on blood and cause itching and irritation when they bite. While the are not known to transmit any diseases, an infestation can be extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant.
How do you know if you have bedbugs?
Bedbugs hide by the seams on bedding, in cracks on your bed frame and headboard, in the folds of curtains and along the edges of cushions on furniture.
Bedbug bites are not considered a good way to detect bed bugs; the bites look similar to other insect bites, so many people dismiss them as bites from mosquitoes or other outdoor pests.
You may have bedbugs if you detect the following during regular cleaning:
- Rusty stains on sheets and mattresses. These are caused when bedbugs are crushed.
- Dark spots on bedding about the size of the bullet point at the beginning of this sentence. These are bedbug excrement.
- Pale yellow egg casing and eggs which are about 1 mm in length.
- Live bedbugs.
How can you prevent bedbug infestations?
Bedbugs move easily from infested areas to new homes. They travel on furniture, bedding, clothing, boxes and luggage. If you buy secondhand furniture, examine it thoroughly for signs of bedbugs. Wash clothing in hot water immediately after returning home from vacations and hotels. Reduce clutter in your home to reduce the places where bedbugs can hide. By carefully watching for the presence of bedbugs coming into the home, you can often catch them before they become an infestation.
What do you do if you have bedbugs?
Bedbugs are resilient. Although they usually feed every five to ten days, they can live for up to a year without feeding. They can be difficult to treat on your own and are resistant to many home pest control methods.
Because of this, many people choose to go with professional pest control for bed bug removal. Experienced cleaning and pest control professionals can use a combination of chemical and non-chemical treatments to kill bed bugs and their eggs and prevent them from returning to your home.
A professional experienced in bed bug control will inspect your residence and, if necessary, take furniture apart to get to where bed bugs hide. Then, using a combination of heat, pesticides and vacuums, the bed bugs will be removed.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, there is no time to lose. They can move from one area of the home to others quickly. Call us today at 720.344.2870 or use our online contact form for a bed bug inspection right away to find the bugs and get them out of your home.