Bed Bug Removal
If you notice even a minor bed bug problem in your home, it’s time to act on it. Just one fertile female bed bug found on your property can start a huge infestation. These insects can produce hundreds of babies in their lifetime, and leave you with red, itchy rashes and sleepless nights. They will ruin your furniture, take over your expensive mattresses, leave bloodstains on your linens, and of course, feed on you (and your pets) while you sleep!
Inspect & Identification
Due to their very small size, it is very hard to detect bed bugs up until you see several symptoms already manifested in your body and your house. To know if you do have bed bugs, watch out for these tell-tale signs:
1. Uncomfortable Nights and Red, Itchy Bites Bed bugs are most active at night and mostly in bed to feed where humans go to sleep. This makes it difficult for any one to rest in peace as you will be constantly disturbed by their bites. If you are developing flat, red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters that are irritating and itchy, then this means that you have bed bugs specifically with you where you lay.
2. Use Your Eyes and Nose After feeding, bed bugs leave behind blood stains that resemble small rust spots. These can be usually found near the corners and edges of the bed. Also, as bed bugs mature, they shed their old skin which you may find in the form of an oval brown exoskeleton. An unpleasant odor can also be sensed that would remind you of wet towels and a dirty locker room.Bed bugs secrete pheromones, and in large numbers, can really give off a strong musty smell.
3. Inspect Your Whole House Once you have bed bugs in bed, this only means that they have already invaded other parts of your home especially those where linens and cloth are located. Inspect anything that is upholstered, including couches, chairs, curtains, rugs, and the carpet. Also check your closet as bed bugs tend to cling on to clothing to nest and transfer from one place to another. Remember, you are looking for for rust-colored, reddish-brown blood stains and/or small brown ovals.
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 and removing them if you do find them.
To completely get rid of bed bugs at home, you need to clean your house thoroughly. You can follow these basic steps to prevent them from multiplying and spreading into other parts of your house:
Step 1. Strip your beds, vacuum all cracks and crevices and clean out your closets, all clothes and bedding. These insects do not only hide in bedding, but they can also infest carpets, bed frames, furniture, and more.
Step 2. Use of chemical treatments can be a bit expensive but will take possibly two or more treatments to fully remove these critters.
Step 3. Heat treatments are very effective as they only take one treatment to fully remove bed bugs from your home. Although, this is more expensive than chemical treatments and could fail if not used properly.
Step 4. If all else fails, call Watchdog Pest Control to know the best solution depending on the severity of bed bug infestation. We guarantee a quick and effective bed bug control to keep your home free from irritating pests.
What we do:
- We inspect your home thoroughly to find bed bugs, which can be found in a number of places – your mattress, bed frame, carpet, curtains, wall hangings, cushions, furniture, even in appliances and electrical receptacles.
- We identify and provide accurate treatment that will rid your house of bed bugs regardless of where they hide.
- Our staff will provide you with expert advice to help make sure these bugs don’t return.
- We follow up with you and your property and provide treatment as necessary to make sure you stay free from bed bugs.
For more information on bed bugs, check out our blog entries How Do You Know If You have Bed Bugs and Bed Bugs And Where To Find Them. For other DIY steps in getting rid of bed bugs, check out this article from the EPA.