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Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs
Common Name:Bed Bugs
Color:Reddish-brown
Length:2.5 to 4.5 mm
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What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are one of those insects that can be very tiny but can infest and create huge problems in homes. The most common ones are usually reddish brown in color and they have 6 legs. They’re flat and oval-shaped but become elongated after they are fed. They also have antennae and these can be found everywhere across the United States, including Arizona.

Health wise, bed bugs are not too dangerous. They’re not even deadly. To this day, there are no proven cases of bed bugs killing humans. They do carry diseases but they have no ability to transfer those diseases to humans. Truly, they are parasites as they usually feed on human blood as we sleep soundly at night.

Contrary to popular belief, these bugs are not only found on beds and mattresses. They’re practically everywhere from your home, the office, school, hotels, and your automobiles. They don’t have wings and their 6 tiny legs can’t take them far. They travel through humans by getting on to your luggage, shoes, clothes and other items you bring into your home from the outside.

When your home is infested by bed bugs, you need to do a major cleanup. You may also have to replace items that can no longer be salvaged. For instance, one look at a mattress heavily infested by bed bugs will tell you whether it already needs to be replaced.

It is best to call a pest control company for bed bug treatment and assistance in bed bug removal. Watchdog Pest Control offers this service in Phoenix, Arizona and beyond. Give us a call at 602-842-5290 for assistance.

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Bed bugs are probably some of the most bothersome pests that could ever infest a home. Once one fertile female bed bug comes in, she can build a huge family of her own consisting of hundreds of bed bugs. And from each female that she gives birth to, there’ll be even more bed bugs you would have to worry about. Where do bed bugs live? Are they really found only in your bed and nowhere else? Where do they come from in the first place?

They are so difficult to deal with because bed bugs can come from pretty much everywhere. They don’t have wings so it’s impossible for them to fly towards your home. They may have 6 legs, but they’re too tiny for them to travel great distances. In short, they enter your home because you brought them in. They would hitchhike through your luggage, shoes, and other things you can bring in from the outside. They may even come from second-hand furniture that you thought was a great buy from a thrift store!

Bed bugs love mattresses, beddings, and linen. They would hide in your bed frame, carpets, underneath your sofa and so many more places around your home. In fact, they don’t only live in homes. They can also be in your car, school, and office, but of course, they’re most troublesome in homes and hotels. Bed bugs would feed on human blood right when you’re sleeping soundly so that’s why they’re most common in bedrooms.

If you have a bed bug problem at home, call pest control right away for proper advice, treatment and bed bug removal. Watchdog Pest Control is the best company to call if you’re in and around Phoenix, Arizona. Call 602-842-5290 today.

What Kinds of Bed Bugs Live in My Area?

Bed bugs are possibly one of the most annoying pests any homeowner can ever deal with. You don’t even have to wonder which kinds of bed bugs live in your area; when you spot even just a few bed bugs in your home, you must get rid of them all. In Arizona, bed bugs are quite common because of the warm weather almost year round. However, it is not too comforting to know that bed bugs can be everywhere in and outside of the state. And yes, you can easily bring them into your home through your coats, shoes, and luggage.

The Cimex lectularius is the household bed bug, which you have probably dealt with so many times already. They are the ones who would feed on human blood and love to live in areas where the temperature is quite warm. The Cimex hemipterus is the tropical bed bug, which also likes human blood, and is more common in tropical weather regions. Bat bugs or the Cimex adjunctus are also common in tropical and warm climate areas. While they do feed on human blood sometimes, they prefer bat blood, hence the name bat bugs.

Bed bug prevention and removal remain the same no matter their species. A major cleanup of your home is absolutely necessary and for larger infestations, it is best to call on pest control service. Watchdog Pest Control is a company based in Phoenix, Arizona. We help homeowners get rid of bed bugs the best and safest way possible. To set an appointment, you may reach us at 602-842-5290.

What Damage Can Bed Bugs Inflict On You And Your Home?

Bed bugs are very tiny insects that are common in many households and places of business all over the world. Because of their size, they may seem like harmless creatures. However, we’ve all heard of horror stories of homeowners involving their bed bug problems, which makes you wonder what damage can bed bugs inflict on you and your home.

If you notice even just minor bed bug problems in your property, then you must act upon them immediately. Harmless as they may seem, you must know that even just one fertile female bed bug found in your property can start a huge infestation. These things can produce multiple eggs every day and hundreds of bed bug babies in their lifetime!

They would ruin your furniture, take over your expensive mattresses, leave bloodstains on your linens, damage your carpets and so much more. A bed bug problem, if not solved immediately, can be very expensive because you might need to replace everything they have infested once they can no longer be salvaged through cleaning.

In addition, these bed bugs bite. If you wake up in the morning with strange red marks that are very itchy across your back, arms and other parts of your body, then you must have bed bugs hiding in your mattress. While there are no proven cases yet that these bugs transfer the diseases they carry to humans, they’re still considered parasites and their bites, especially when there are too many can cause so much discomfort.

For bed bug removal services in Phoenix, Arizona, it is best to call the experts. You can reach Watchdog Pest Control for assistance at 602-842-5290.

What Do I Do If I Was Bitten/Stung By Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs do really great in hiding. Many times, we wake up with strange red marks that are very itchy yet we can’t find the culprit that caused it. But just so you know, they’re underneath your mattresses, hiding behind the bed frame or on your carpet, and other areas in your home. If you never had a bed bug history in your home, they must have been carried from the outside along with your luggage, shoes or other items you bring home with you. Now the question is – what should you do if you were bitten by these bed bugs?

A bed bug bite is usually red and swollen with a darker red dot in the middle. There may be hives or blisters that would appear in the area where the bites are. They usually don’t just bite once. Since they have quite a great appetite for blood, they would bite you multiple times usually grouped together in one small area of your body, or in a line. They can bite you on your back, arms, face, hands, legs — more on those skin areas that remain exposed as you sleep.

The problem is these bites won’t appear immediately. You’d notice them come out a few days after, sometimes even weeks after. These bites aren’t really deadly or dangerous, but they can cause much discomfort and a whole lot of itchiness. To keep yourself from scratching, you may use an anti-itch cream or cold compress.

Of course, to stop them from biting you all the time, you must try to get rid of these bed bugs by calling experts like Watchdog Pest Control. You may reach us at 602-842-5290.

What Can You Do If You Already Have Bed Bugs?

Some would claim that they keep their homes very clean at all times yet they still end up with bed bugs infesting their mattresses and other pieces of furniture. Truth is, there’s no fool-proof way of preventing bed bugs from coming into your home. You may try to use pesticides and other natural ingredients to create insect repellents, but truly the best way is to perform a thorough inspection of your home every now and then. And when you do find them, what can you do if you already have bed bugs?

To completely get rid of bed bugs, you need to clean your house thoroughly. These insects do not only hide in beddings, but they can also infest carpets, bed frames, furniture, and more. If you see that your mattress has been infested by them, you can’t simply clean your mattress only. You have to clean the entire area. It is going to be a lot of work and will definitely take a lot of time especially when you are doing it on your own.

There are items that can no longer be saved through cleaning. If bed bugs have infested a piece of furniture, say a mattress, heavily, then you must already replace it with a new one and make sure all other items in your home remain free from these bed bugs completely.

Better yet, call professionals like Watchdog Pest Control for assistance. Through the years, we’ve helped property owners across Phoenix, Arizona and beyond get rid of their bed bug problems and prevent them for coming back. For bed bug removal services and more, call us at 602-842-5290.

How Do You Prevent Bed Bugs from Invading Your Environment?

Truth be told, total bed bug prevention can be very challenging. It would mean having to control every single person entering your home and every single item you and the rest of your family members bring indoors. There’s not much you can do to stop these parasites from coming in, but you can do something to make sure that you can at least prevent them from multiplying and invading your environment greatly.

Bed bugs are found everywhere, but they like your bedroom the most. Why? Because they feed on human blood and they can do just that when you’re lying still on your bed while asleep. More often than not, they would hide in your mattress, beddings, bed frame, box spring, curtains, carpets and other areas in your bedroom or even in your living room.

To prevent bed bugs, you must do your best to keep your home clean at all times. Vacuum regularly and make sure no clutter is left behind. Bed bugs don’t have wings and they can’t travel far either using their six tiny feet. They would hitchhike on your luggage, your shoes and your outdoor clothes. Avoid bringing in bags, coats, and shoes that you used outdoors into your bedroom. This way, bed bugs would stay out. Furthermore, at first sight of bed bug, call pest control right away. There’s no way you can allow them to multiply because they can do so greatly in such a short period of time. Just so you know, a fertile female bed bug can produce hundreds of bed bugs in her lifetime.

Call Watchdog Pest Control for bed bug removal today. We offer services in and around Phoenix, Arizona. For an appointment, call 602-842-5290.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous for My Pets?

Most of us treat pets like family. We love them so dearly and would never wish any harm to come upon them. If you already have an existing bed bug problem at home, then you might be wondering if these bed bugs are dangerous to your pets. Just like ticks and fleas, can your pets be infested by these bed bugs too? Would their flea collar be good enough as protection?

Truth is, we bring these bed bugs home from the outside. They attach to our shoes or luggage then they start invading our environment. If your cat or dog went outdoors, a bed bug may attach to it but they wouldn’t stick around for long. You see, bed bugs feed on human blood. They like biting skin areas where there is no fur. This is precisely why they would bite our arms, legs, neck, back, face and other parts of our body, but not our head full of hair.

Because of this, you can be pretty sure that these bed bugs are harmless to your pets. And if a bed bug would bite your pet for any reason, you can also be sure that no type of disease would be transferred. In fact, there are still no proven cases to this day that would say that bed bugs have infected humans with diseases.

This doesn’t mean you should let bed bugs stay. After all, they can be harmful to you and your family. For bed bug removal in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding communities, call Watchdog Pest Control for assistance. You may reach us at 602-842-5290 for an appointment.

When Are Bed Bugs Most Active?

Bed bugs can be such a huge pain to deal with. They would invade your home, bite you and make you itch all over, and cause a whole lot of discomfort. Dealing with them can be pretty expensive too because there are many cases when you would have to replace entire furniture pieces especially mattresses just to get rid of them completely. But when are bed bugs most active? Are they really around all year round?

Truth is, there’s no official season for bed bugs. They’re around all year round the same way they’re pretty much everywhere across the United States including Arizona. However, you would find them more common during the summer and other holiday seasons because this is when people travel the most. Since bed bugs rely on you to transport them to your home, you would need to get on board an airplane or train or sleep in a hotel so they can attach to your luggage shoes or coat. Of course, you’ll notice that you have brought them home after they have already started biting you and your family members.

On a daily basis, bed bugs are most active at night. They’re nocturnal insects meaning they sleep most of the day. They feed on human blood so they need you to be still and asleep so they can crawl on you and bite where it’s most convenient for them — your exposed skin areas like arms, legs, neck, face, etc.

To get rid of bed bugs completely, proper treatment and bed bug services are needed. You may have to call on experts such as Watchdog Pest Control for assistance to ensure that you can prevent these bugs from multiplying further. You may reach us at 602-842-5290 for assistance.

Where Are the Common Hiding Places for Bed Bugs?

As you probably know by now, bed bugs exist pretty much across all of the United States. Whether you live in Arizona or visiting someplace else, you may come across bed bugs and you’re going to dislike them for sure. Their bites are very itchy and cause a whole lot of discomfort. They would attach themselves to your shoes or your luggage, and worst, they could come home with you. If you’re trying to get rid of bed bugs and you want to know about their common hiding places, read on.

There are plenty of bed bug species and all of them like to feed themselves with blood. While some would feed on the blood of other mammals, many more live from human blood. Yes, they would attack as you lie in bed sleeping peacefully at night. So where do they live? They choose places that are close to their food source and attack right when they least expect it when they’re asleep.

Because of this, common hiding places for bed bugs include your mattress, beddings, linen, luggage, shoe cabinet, pillows, curtain, bed frames, headboard, box springs and more. They’re most common in homes and hotels because this is where they can find a lot of humans sleeping. Some of them can stay in your car, public transportation, hospitals, schools, offices, and more. In short, as mentioned, they’re everywhere.

But there’s not much you can do to get rid of bed bugs outside of your home. It is your responsibility, however, to make sure that your home is free from bed bugs. For bed bug removal, Watchdog Pest Control is the company to call. You may reach us at 602-842-5290 for assistance.

What is the Birthing Cycle of Bed Bugs?

One of the most bothersome and most difficult to control pests a household has to deal with are bed bugs. If bed bugs attach to humans through their shoes, luggage, coats and other items they take home from outdoors, how can there be too many in our home without us noticing that we’re bringing them in? What is the birthing cycle of bed bugs and how do they manage to reproduce and multiple greatly within such a short period of time?

To simplify, one fertile female bed bug has the ability to produce up to 250 eggs within her lifetime. Within a span of six months, one pregnant female bed bug can give you up to 5,000 bed bugs in your household. Note that this is just one female bed bug. Most likely you have more in your house.

A female bed bug would rather go away from her original location after getting mated to avoid more mates. This is because over-mating can cause injury to the bug. However, it can also mate with her offspring the moment it has already fully matured. Of course, her offspring would also result in some females, which would also mate with the males in her offspring. And so, the infestation begins.

A bed bug egg may only take 6 to 17 days to become hatched nymphs. Once these nymphs mature within just about 21 days on warm days such as what we have in Arizona most of the year, they can start mating. This is why there are larger and faster infestations of bed bugs in places with warmer climates.

To stop them from multiplying, call bed bug removal services right away. Watchdog Pest Control can help you out. Call 602-842-5290 for assistance.

What is the History of Bed Bugs?

“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” We’ve all heard of this saying for as long as many of us can even remember. Bed bugs aren’t new insects at all. They’ve been around almost since the beginning of time when the human race began. If you look into the history of bed bugs, you would be surprised at how they were mentioned in writing in ancient Greek history as early as 400 BC. With insects surviving through centuries of wars, extreme weather and climate changes, and more, you know for sure these bed bugs are here to stay.

It’s amusing how there’s no actual concrete evidence on where bed bugs really came from the way there’s no concrete evidence on who or what brought them to your home. They say that these bugs may have started in caves found in the Middle East where bats and humans used to live. In your home, they could have been brought from the outside through your coat, shoes or luggage.

Bed bugs are found pretty much everywhere in the world, across all of United States including Arizona. Because they reproduce and mature faster where the climate is warm, they like living in states like ours. The infestation could be larger and more challenging to control and prevent because of this.

This is also the reason why it is best to call on companies like Watchdog Pest Control for proper bed bug treatment and removal at first sight. We have a team of professionals who are ready to assist you anytime. Give us a call at 602-842-5290 for an appointment.

 

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Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. There are several methods to control bed bugs.

Physical methods of controlling bedbugs include steam cleaning, vacuuming, heating, freezing, washing, and throwing out items. Bed bugs prefer to hide in cracks and crevices during the daytime and come out to feed on the host’s blood at night, usually while the host is sleeping. The pest control operator will usually give you specific instructions to prepare for an inspection or treatment.

Watchdog Pest Control can come periodically to monitor your home and help prevent an infestation of bed bugs.

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