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Bed bugs

With increased travel, summer temperatures soaring, the phenomenon of holiday accommodation rentals and hotels operating at high occupancy rates, there has been a rise in outbreaks of bed bugs across the US.

An estimated one in five Americans have personally dealt with a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has encountered the dreaded pest. If you think you have seen any of the signs of bed bugs around your home or business, contact your local Western Exterminator office today to discuss bed bug detection and removal options, and rest easy knowing you are in safe hands.

Signs of a bed bug infestation

Bed bugs are elusive, nocturnal creatures often surfacing from cracks and crevices to feed on human hosts for a few brief hours in the night before returning to secluded hiding places for up to 5 - 10 days.

The first thing a professional bed bug exterminator does is to look for the signs of a bed bug infestation. This process can be challenging, which is why we may sometimes recommend a canine bed bug inspection, but adult bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye and you may be able to spot them if you know where to look.

Check areas such as bed frames, headboards, mattress seams, baseboards, inside electrical sockets and fittings and look out for these telltale signs:

Blood stains

Usually found on your sheets, pillow cases and bed clothes

Dark or rusty spots

Bed bug excrement on sheets, mattresses, bed bugs and walls

Sickly sweet scent

An offensive musty odor from the bed bugs’ scent glands

Skin sheds

Nearly translucent shells left behind in a clutter

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How to get rid of bed bugs

Bed bugs can be hugely aggravating for home and business owners alike and be particularly troublesome to control. More often than not, people will attempt a DIY solution using home remedies to manage the bed bug infestation before contacting a pest control professional. Here are a few steps you can try if you decide to have a go at it yourself:

Inspect hot spots

Check bed bug hiding areas such as mattress seams, bed frames, headboards, wall joints, edges of carpets and nearby furniture for live insects.

Wash the bedding

Strip the bedding, place it in a garbage bag and transfer it to the washing machine. Wash infested bedding at temperatures of at least 140°F for 90 minutes.

Vaccuum thoroughly

Vacuum your bed, mattress and areas where you have spotted bed bugs. Use the hose attachment to clean along walls and edges. Empty your vacuum into an outside bin.

Freeze them out

Place infested items such as pillows and duvets into your freezer. Maintain temperatures below 0°F for at least 4 days.

Seeing as they are some of the most slippery hitchhikers, the most effective way to control bed bugs is to enlist the help of a professional bed bug exterminator. At Westen Exterminator, the treatments we employ eliminate the bed bug infestation at all stages of the life cycle, getting rid of the adult bed bugs but also removing all eggs and larvae.

What do bed bugs look like?

Knowing what bed bugs look like is a key part of bed bug control. Bed bugs are tiny and vary in size based on their stage in the life cycle.

Bed bugs have flat, round bodies divided into three segments, six legs and two antennae at the top of their head. Bed bugs are tiny and vary in size based on their stage in the life cycle. Learn about how you can identify a bed bug by watching the video below.

 

The bed bug bite

One of the most obvious signs of a bed bug infestation is waking up to bed bug bites on exposed parts of your body, most commonly, your arms, torso and legs. Sometimes referred to as a bed bug rash, many people do not feel the bite or develop clear symptoms other than the bite marks and minor surrounding inflammation and irritation.

At Western Exterminator, we understand how mentally taxing it can be to find yourself being bitten in your bed at night. Bed bug infestations are widely known to cause sleep deprivation and decreased wellbeing, find out everything you need to know about bed bug bites and how to get rid of them.

What do bed bug bites look like?

Bed bug bites are generally pretty small. They can be raised welts, sort of like mosquito bites, but can also be flat and appear like a rash.

By looking at the pattern, the location, and the approximate time of the bites, this can help you correctly identify the culprit.

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