Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug Control

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Bed Bugs

Found in all 50 U.S. states, bed bugs are the source of much anxiety for many American homeowners and businesses. Bed bugs are very difficult pests to get rid of as they can survive for months between meals and withstand wide ranges in temperature.

Bed bugs have been on the rise in recent years with a recent National Pest Management Association study reporting 99% pest control professionals have treated bed bugs in the last year.

A bed bug infestation can cause panic and worry in a residential home and devastate the reputation of commercial business. Contact your local Western Exterminator office to set up a free inspection. We are the exterminator for bed bugs residents and businesses call for reliable bed bug detection and removal processes.

Fill out a contact form online today and one of Western's pest experts will get in touch with you to answer all your questions.

Bed bug detection

Western Exterminator is the bed bugs exterminator with the training and tools on hand to find bed bugs throughout a home or office. The bites on arms and legs can be from a variety of potential pests, but we can tell you if bed bugs are the ones doing the feasting and potentially ruining your night’s sleep.

Bed bugs leave behind telltale signs, but they can be hard to spot with the untrained, naked eye. Bed bugs are very small and very good at hiding. However, a Western Exterminator bed bug specialist can spot the signs of bed bugs quickly and then use tools, such as bed bug dogs, to track down their location.

Bed Bug Removal

It takes professional expertise to successfully get rid of a bed bug infestation. There are several different bed bug extermination methods that have proven effective depending on the situation. Factors that could influence which treatment solution is recommended include:

  • The type of property (residence, hotel, movie theater, etc.)
  • The severity of the infestation
  • The local and state regulations regarding bed bug removal
  • The preferences of the customer

Some of the bed bug eradication methods Western Exterminator employs include both chemical and non-chemical solutions. In some situations, we will recommend a canine bed bug detection using one of our highly trained bed bug dog units.

A specialist who is a trained bed bug exterminator will be able to offer you a number of bed bug removal options. We want to be sure the entire infestation is removed, and since they hide in so many spots, this can be difficult to do on your own. We use the latest methods in bed bug detection to find all of their hiding spots, even behind photos, throughout furniture and carpeting and behind electrical outlets.

Our state-licensed exterminators are bed bug removal specialists that have been trained to identify, eliminate and prevent bed bugs. Find a Western Exterminator office near you today.

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1. Contact

Call us and we will arrange for your local pest specialist to contact you.

  • Local pest specialists
  • Calls returned within 24 hours (Mon-Fri)

2. Survey

We will discuss your pest problem, schedule an appointment and provide a quote and recommendations.

  • Appointment at a time convenient to you
  • Solutions tailored to your pest problem
  • State-certified pest specialists

3. Treatment

Our state certified pest specialists will come to your home or business and provide treatment.

  • Appointment at a time convenient to you
  • Environmentally sensitive approach
  • Child & pet friendly treatments

4. Aftercare

We'll make as many visits as you require to ensure your problem is resolved. 

  • Guaranteed solutions
  • Prevention advice

Bed Bug Prevention

The mobile nature of bed bugs limits their prevention. Avoidance is especially challenging in hotels, motels and apartments because occupants and their belongings are constantly changing, which affords many opportunities for the bugs to be introduced. Everyone should be wary of acquiring secondhand beds, bedding, and furniture. At a minimum, such items should be examined closely before being brought into the home.

When traveling, it's prudent to examine the bed and headboard area for signs of the bugs, and elevate luggage off the floor. If your room does have a problem, notify hotel management immediately and move to another room. Make sure the new room is not immediately adjacent to (including above or below) the infested room that you are departing.

The History of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have been recognized as pests since the 17th century, and were introduced to the New World by early colonists. Bed bugs were quite common in the U.S. prior to World War II, but declined in incidence after the mid 20th century, primarily due to the widespread use of synthetic insecticides such as DDT. Improvements in sanitation and personal hygiene, along with more vigilant regulations and consumer knowledge about the use of second-hand furniture are also likely contributors to bed bugs becoming known to most of us only through a children's nursery rhyme.

Although never totally eliminated, bed bug populations dwindled enough for most of us to ignore them. That has changed. Bed bugs have undergone a dramatic resurgence worldwide, and in the past decade, bed bugs have begun making a comeback across the United States; in many areas becoming a major nuisance pest.

International travel and commerce are factors in the recent spread of these insect hitchhikers, which can be readily transported in luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. There are some experts that believe the small population that remained in the U.S. after the 1950's were 'super bugs', resistant to the chemicals available to treat them.

Bed bugs can be found anywhere, and not just in your bed. They are still most frequently found in dwellings with a high rate of occupant turnover, such as hotels, motels, hostels, dormitories and apartment complexes; but can be found in private homes, movie theaters, high-end stores and on public transportation. Such infestations usually are not a reflection of poor hygiene or bad housekeeping. However, once established, bed bugs are persistent and getting rid of them also requires persistence.

Bed Bug Bio

Bed bug pest control is important because bed bugs are parasites that preferentially feed on humans. Bed bugs do not fly or hop, but are fast-moving insects that are nocturnal blood-feeders, gorging themselves while their host is asleep. The bite itself is painless. The salivary fluid injected by bed bugs typically causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals differ in their sensitivity.

Older people often do not have a significant reaction to the bites, and can often live with infestations that go unnoticed until a caregiver or relative is bitten. Those who are highly allergic can experience severe reactions. The bite is usually accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days.

The amount of blood loss due to bed bug feeding typically does not adversely affect the host. No scientific evidence links bed bugs to the spread of any disease.

Bed Bugs Life Cycle

Female bed bugs lay from one to twelve eggs per day, which hatch in 6 to 17 days, and nymphs can immediately begin to feed, requiring a blood meal in order to molt. Bed bugs reach maturity after five molts.

Developmental time (egg to adult) is affected by temperature and takes anywhere between 21 to 120 days. Nymphs may become engorged with blood within three minutes, whereas the adult usually feeds for ten to fifteen minutes.

The adult's lifespan may encompass 12-18 months, with three or more generations occurring each year. If no host is available, nymphs and adults can actually live for several months without food.

Bed Bug Habits

Bed bugs hide during the day in dark, protected sites. Despite their name, the attractant is not the bed itself, but the warm-blooded person that lays in it quietly for hours at a time - so they can be anywhere a host is nearby.

Bed bugs usually inhabit seams, tufts, and folds of mattresses, later spreading to crevices in the bedstead. In heavier infestations, they may occupy hiding places farther from the bed, hiding in window and door frames, electrical boxes, floor cracks, baseboards, furniture, and under the tack board of wall-to-wall carpeting. Bed bugs will crawl upward to hide in pictures, wall hangings, drapery pleats, loosened wallpaper, cracks in plaster, and ceiling moldings.

They can rapidly spread through a multiple residence building, hotel or other accommodations, as about 3% of the infestation is usually found moving away from the host!

Bed bug bites

One of the first signs people often have that they might have a bed bug infestation is they wake up with bed bug bites on their arms, legs, torso and other parts of their body. Bed bugs require a blood meal at regular intervals and when they bite, they inject some chemicals to ensure the blood flows. This includes an anticoagulant and an anesthetic so you don’t feel the bites and the blood does not clot too quickly.

Bed bug bites are sometimes referred to a bed bug rash. This is because they may appear as raised bumps, similar to mosquito bites, or as red marks or rash-like bites across the skin.

The good news is that bed bug bites are not known to be a health concern as far as disease transmission. However, at Western Exterminator our bed bug exterminator experts understand it can be mentally taxing to find yourself being bitten by insects at night.

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Because bed bugs are so adept at hiding, you may not see the live insects. However, a bed bug infestation can be recognized by blood stains from crushed bugs or by rusty (sometimes dark) spots of excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, walls, and furniture. Fecal spots, egg cases, and shed skins may be found in the vicinity of their hiding places. Use of a flashlight helps in visual detection in hidden cracks and crevices.

Find a bed bug exterminator near me

The key to really eliminating the infestation is enlisting the services of bed bug pest control professionals, as it is extremely difficult for those inexperienced in pest control to successfully find and treat for bed bugs.

Elimination of the infestation requires the services of pest control professionals who understand the habits and biology of the bed bug, and can find and treat all places where bugs and eggs may be present. Although we can provide visual bed bug inspections, a canine bed bug inspection is the quickest and most accurate barometer to finding bed bugs.

If you've ever wondered, "Where are bed bug exterminators near me?", call a Western Exterminator professional at 800-937-8398 or be sure to fill in our online form to schedule an inspection.

Note: Due to the intricacy of work required for bed bug pest control, this service is provided as an additional service outside of our regular pest control programs.

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