What you should know about bed bugs

Are there really such things as bed bugs?
Brandon Pest Control - Bed Bug Frequently Asked Questions

Bed bugs are small, oval, reddish-brown insects about 1/4-inch long as adults. They live in cracks in beds and walls as well as in furniture near beds. At night, they will crawl into the bed and bite a sleeping person. The bite is usually not painful and, fortunately, bed bugs do not transmit any diseases. Bed bugs are very difficult to control so a professional should be consulted.

Bed bugs have been all over the news lately. Is it true there has been a resurgence in bed bugs in the U.S.?

Bed bugs have been all over the news because bed bug infestations have been increasing dramatically. Pest control companies who received 1 or 2 bed bug calls a year now report 1 to 2 each week! According to research by the National Pest Management Association bed bug reports increased 71% from 2000 to 2005.

Why are bed bugs such a big problem?

Bed bugs are resilient pests that are known for their superior hitchhiking abilities. They can travel easily from room to room within a house or from hotel to home via suitcases. They are extremely difficult to remove and require the knowledge and expertise of an experienced pest professional to eliminate an infestation.

Why are bed bugs so hard to treat?

Bed bugs are very elusive, transient and nocturnal pests. Most people associate Bed Bugs with filth or sanitation problems, which is not true. They are often found in clean homes and in other areas other than the bed. They can live for a year or more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

How can you control bed bugs?

Start with a careful, thorough home evaluation by a properly trained professional like your Brandon technician. These are not pests that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures. Brandon’s trained professionals will inspect to pinpoint all the specific bed bug problems and identify the true cause of the problem and develop an effective treatment and control program to treat the specific extent of the infestation and eliminate the bed bugs.

Are bed bugs just in beds?

Bedbugs are not just in beds. They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electrical outlets, cracks and crevices around baseboards, or even behind picture frames. In other words, they can live pretty much anywhere.

How can I tell if I have been bitten?

Itchy bites can be caused by mites, mosquitoes, fleas and lice. To be absolutely sure, you need to collect a bed bug specimen and have it identified by an expert. Bed bugs take several minutes to feed, and may not feed again for 2-3 days. Most likely you will not notice the first few bites. But if you are bitten repeatedly you could develop skin irritation at the bite sites. Fortunately, there have not been any documented cases of bed bugs transmitting serious diseases to humans.

How and where do the infestations originate?

Infestations can be brought in in many ways: with luggage, back packs, gym bags, shoes, clothing, etc. Bed bugs have also been brought into the home in items picked up at thrift shops and yard sales. There have even been cases of bed bugs in the seats of movie theaters where people brought the bed bugs home in their clothing.

Can I bring bed bugs home on my shoes?

Bed bugs are active at night. During the day they are hiding in cracks and crevices. Bed bugs are more likely to be spread via pillows, mattresses, bed linen and bedroom furniture. So unless you spend the night somewhere else, it’s not likely that you’ll bring a bed bug home on your shoes. However, bed bugs are expert hitchhikers. So if you do spend a night somewhere else, be careful and investigate.

Why are bed bugs such a problem to hotels, as well as visitors and homeowners?

Bed bugs are very annoying - leaving itchy, bloody welts on human skin. Since adult bed bugs can live for a year without eating, they are especially hard to find and control. Once inside a hotel or home, bed bugs spread rapidly from room to room - through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and luggage. In a hotel, bed bugs can even spread to neighboring rooms as guests move from room to room.

How do you kill bed bug eggs? Do all these spray-on products work?

Do not attempt to use pesticides on your body or in your home or sleeping areas. Pesticides should only be applied by trained and certified pest control professionals, and pesticides by themselves will never completely solve the bed bud problem. Most insect eggs are safe inside a shell which protects them from pesticides. Bed bug eggs hatch in about one to three weeks depending upon the temperature. This is why Brandon recommends a follow up inspection after three weeks.

Brandon Pest Control offers you an effective program to control, manage, and eliminate pest problems from your home while protecting the safety of you, your family, and your pets. If you believe you have some type of pest infestation, we seriously recommend you hire a pest control professional to treat any pest problems you may be faced with.

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