Bed bugs are the world’s best travelers. They typically go undetected and latch onto items like luggage, backpacks, mattresses and used furniture, which warrants their spreading from one place to another. Not to mention, the average fertilized female can lay up to four eggs a day for her entire lifespan, which can be up to nine months. This means that even if just one fertilized female bed bug comes back from vacation with you, you could have an all-out infestation within a matter of weeks. If bed bugs become a problem for you, count on Block Builders Pest Control to help.
Did you know that in the 1940s, bed bugs were nearly eradicated across the United States? However, with increased global travel, complacency and resistance, they’ve come back in full force. All across the nation, there are more reports of bed bugs than ever before – and Atlanta consistently ranks in the top 20 cities affected by this parasitic pest. Bed bug infestations have grown at astounding rates. Some experts suggest that over 20 percent of Americans have come into contact with bed bugs in their lifetime, and at the rate their populations are growing, that’s only expected to increase.
Because some people aren’t allergic to bed bugs, they may not notice the signs until the infestation has spread within their home or apartment building, to close relative’s homes or to the hotel they visited on vacation. But bed bugs are not only great travelers – they quickly and easily infest multi-family homes, hotels, nursing homes and hospitals where their food supply is seemingly endless – they are also incredibly durable. They can survive months without feeding, so even vacant units can be host to the pests. Another reason they’re increasingly common is the myth that having bed bugs is perceived as being dirty, when in fact, even tidied homes aren’t immune to bed bugs.
Bed bugs, at about 5mm in length, are nearly invisible to the naked eye. To spot them, you really have to be looking. Bed bugs hide in furniture, upholstery, in your box springs and the seams of your mattress when they’re not feeding; so if you expect an infestation, start your search in these areas. These pests typically feed while you’re sleeping – they’re attracted to the CO2 that you breathe out – because it’s easier to feed when their host is less active. That said, it may be easier to spot bed bugs at dawn, before they retreat from feeding.
Clear signs of a bed bug problem are cast skins, blood spots, and bites. The bites are usually small, red, and itchy, though, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites in the same way. Sometimes bites are flat, sometimes they’re raised, and even some people have no reaction to bites at all. Occasionally, bed bugs will smell like rotting raspberries; but ultimately, your best bet is to take out the magnifying glass. Once an established colony is formed, bed bugs tend to huddle together. So, if you see clusters of bed bugs in the same area, that could be an indication that the infestation is worse than you imagined.
If you find yourself with a bed bug infestation, it’s best to continue sleeping in your bed, if you can bear it. If you start sleeping in a different room, a localized infestation could wind up spreading; and if you stay with a friend or at a hotel, you’re likely to bring the infestation with you. Like a disease, bed bugs travel at an alarming pace, so keeping the infestation manageable is very important when trying to eradicate them.
Incredibly hard to get rid of, bed bug infestations are best left to the professionals. Many DIY treatments can quickly prove themselves hazardous and ineffective altogether. The professionals at Block Builders Pest Control are expertly trained on everything bed bug related from identifying bed bugs to delivering proven treatments to eradicate them.
Our targeted liquid treatments are applied by trained pest control technicians to eradicate bed bugs from your home. Prior to your service, we’ll provide a detailed checklist to ensure the most effective treatment. Our treatments are thorough: We always start with an extensive inspection to identify at-risk areas, then we treat common hiding places and areas targeted by the inspection. To prevent bed bugs from re-entering your home, we’ll educate you on how bed bugs are brought in and how you can avoid them in the future. If you’re ready to turn out the lights on a current bed bug infestation, schedule your appointment today!