Bed bugs are common household pests that primarily consume the blood of humans, typically while they are sound asleep. As largely nocturnal creatures, bed bugs detect the heat and carbon dioxide that humans generate and crawl in that direction seeking a blood meal. A misconception exists that bed bugs usually live in cluttered, unkempt homes, but these creatures have no such preference.
Are you struggling with bed bugs? After reaching out to a Merrimac pest control company, they will schedule an onsite property assessment. The trained professionals understand how to spot bed bugs and what to do to get rid of bed bugs completely.
Can You See Bed Bugs In Your Home?
Adult bed bugs in Merrimac are reddish-brown and typically measure approximately ¼ of an inch long, making them barely visible to the naked eye.
Are you a Merrimac resident wondering how to know if you have bed bugs? Look for small reddish blood stains or dark smudges that result from their feces on bedding materials.
What do baby bed bugs look like? Immature bed bugs (nymphs) typically appear similar to adults, only smaller; however, they may appear yellowish or translucent in color until consuming a blood meal.
What It's Like To Have A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Home
Keep in mind that after consuming a blood meal, bed bugs typically retreat to crevices or other hiding places where they remain throughout the day. For this reason, you're not likely to see the bed bugs themselves, but you are likely to see their bites. What do bed bug bites look like? Bed bug bites usually result in red and irritated patches of skin.
All The Ways Bed Bugs Can Get Into Your Home
How do people get bed bugs in their homes? Unlike many types of insects that exist in the outdoor areas of a neighborhood and find ways of infiltrating homes, bed bugs typically enter homes inadvertently, acting as hitchhikers. Some of the most common ways this occurs include:
- Those staying overnight in hotel rooms often will encounter bed bugs that climb inside suitcases or other belongings.
- Bed bugs might venture into bags or purses of those using trains, buses, or other types of mass transportation.
- People might acquire second-hard furniture or appliances that contain bed bugs.
- Bed bugs sometimes travel through interior walls through ducts and openings used for utility lines and spread into adjacent housing units such as adjacent apartment buildings, multi-family houses, or condominiums.
When initially entering hotel rooms, travelers should take a minute or two and thoroughly check the area near the bed for any signs of bed bug activity. Travelers who might have clothes containing bed bugs should machine wash and dry all articles using a heated setting before reentering their home.
What You Should Do If You Find Bed Bugs In Your Home
Why should you contact the professionals with Freedom Pest Control for solutions to infestations involving bed bugs? First, our experts receive training and maintain the tools needed to confirm the presence of bed bugs in your home and gauge the extent of the intrusion. Depending on the difficulty of detecting bed bug activity, we might perform a traditional inspection performed exclusively by a technician, use monitoring devices, or conduct a K9 inspection that uses a dog. Our Canine Scent Detection Team achieved certification through the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA).
We also deploy a variety of bed bug treatment options based on the unique circumstances of the infestation. Our traditional treatment plan uses chemicals applied in a series of multiple visits over the span of two to three weeks. We might also choose a heat treatment for efficiently expelling bed bugs, which involves raising the indoor temperature above 130 degrees. The heat treatment process uses high-velocity fans that will ensure the circulation of the heat throughout the interior of the structure. In some cases, we will use a comprehensive, combined strategy.
We stand firmly behind the quality of our work with a satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today regarding an inspection.