Bed Bug Control
When you go to sleep at night, the last thing you want to do is to worry about being bitten by a bug in your bed. Thinking that you may have bed bugs may keep you up at night, and if you do wake up, you may have developed an itchy rash. If you wake up with new bites or you find bloodstains on your sheets, it’s likely that you have bed bugs.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are oval-shaped, flat and 5 millimeters long. They tend to be red or brown. Right after a meal they may appear more swollen than usual. Bed bugs are nocturnal, and are most active in the area just before dawn. They feed on blood and will crawl onto the host while they are sleeping. The bed bugs can take up to ten minutes to feed, and will bite multiple times during a feeding. Bed bugs can go up to a year without eating, which may make it difficult to identify that you have a problem until the infestation has set in. Each female can lay up to 500 eggs, and most bed bugs will live about a year. While the bed bug bites may be itchy, they do not spread diseases.
How Bed Bug Infestations Start
Bed bugs are not the result of poor housekeeping. Bed bugs can be picked up just about anywhere, but most people get them after they have traveled either for visit or on vacation. The bed bugs will crawl into their suitcase and catch a ride home. Bed bugs are spread throughout the United States and around the world. If you are traveling, be sure to check your hotel room for signs of droppings and bugs in your mattress. You should keep your luggage off the floor and bed and complete a thorough inspection before you leave the hotel and before you bring the suitcase into your home. Bed bugs have also begun to be a problem at local gyms and in schools where they may travel from bag to bag without anyone realizing it. If you hear reports of bed bugs, you may choose to stop sending a backpack to school with your child.
4 Signs of an Infestation
It is important to recognize the signs of bed bugs. This will allow you to quickly deal with a bed bug infestation.
- Seeing the bed bugs
- Skins left on furnishings and pillow cases
- Black or brown stains that are the bugs droppings
- Bites in a row on the skin
What To Do If You Think You Have Bed Bugs
If you think that you might have bed bugs, you should schedule a free inspection and have the professional bed bug exterminators at EcoTek deal with the problem. Our technician will perform an inspection and determine if you have problems with bed bugs and give you a clear treatment plan and written estimate
Free Bed Bug Inspection
The inspections at EcoTek will look at the room with the bed bugs, as well as your entire home. Our technicians will check the furnishings, curtains, rugs, beds and more. All the crevices and cracks and are carefully examined with a trained eye. The inspection will look for both live and dead bugs as well as skins and fecal matter to determine if you have a problem. They will also look for cream colored eggs in the dark cracks. We will set up a plan to exterminate them.
The EcoTek Bed Bug Treatment Plan
Once we have identified the bed bugs, we will begin a full treatment with an effective insecticide to treat the bed bugs. Bed bug treatments can take up to an hour for each room that needs to be treated. If you have more rooms being treated, you will need to allow more time.
How to Prepare for an EcoTek Bed Bug Treatment
There are few steps you will need to take before treatment begins. The first step is to clean up any clutter in the home so that the treatment can be done effectively. The next step is wash all the linens in hot water and to dry them on high higher. You can avoid future infestations by thoroughly inspecting any second-hand furniture you bring into the home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do bed bug bites cause complications?
Bed bugs do not transmit disease. However, they can cause issues with allergic reactions. If you have issues breathing after being bitten, you should seek medical treatment right away. Many people have a difficult time sleeping if they know that they have bed bugs.
How do I tell the difference between fleas and bed bugs?
Bed bug bites will be in a row and may appear anywhere on your body. Flea bites tend to be on your ankles and will be more random. The bed bugs tend to only bite at night, while flea bites may happen at any time during the day.
Can Bed bugs fly?
Bed bugs do not fly. Bed bugs move by crawling from place to place. They can crawl about four feet an hour. They will find you by the CO2 emissions that each person emits and the heat that each person puts off. They may move from victim to victim at night.
Are bed bugs nocturnal?
Bed bugs are nocturnal. They are most active right before dawn. However, bed bugs have been known to feed during the day if given the opportunity. Since they are only active at night it can be difficult to treat for bed bugs since it is hard to find the cracks they like to hide in.
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