Bed Bug Control
Just the thought of bed bugs is enough to give anyone the shivers. When it comes to these tiny yet invasive parasites, don’t take chances. For prompt, effective results, give Well’s Termite & Pest Control a call. Don’t wait!
Bed bugs travel, on clothing, luggage, backpacks and yes, even human skin. Bed bugs aren’t just a hotel problem. In southwest Florida, bed bugs are also a common pest. They can hide in your furniture upholstery and can easily travel between rooms – on laundry, shoes, clothing, and… you.
Bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye, but they like to hide in cracks and crevices, so they can be hard to spot. Regular inspection of mattresses (especially along the seams) and along baseboards with a flashlight is one of the first steps a homeowner can take to identify a problem.
Preventing an infestation is the first step in protecting your home. Bed bugs feed (on blood) every five to 10 days. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, they can be challenging to eradicate because some can survive up to a year without feeding. They also stay hidden until they need to feed, and due to their very small size (an adult measures roughly 5 mm in length) they can be very difficult to spot.
Well’s Termite & Pest Control – Stop Bed bugs in Their Tracks
How do you know if bed bugs have taken up residence in your home? Look for:
- Tiny blood spots on your pillowcases, sheets, or clothing.
- Signs of excrement (about the size of the head of a straight pin) of bed bugs. Their excrement appears as rusty or dark spots found on wall baseboards, furniture, bed clothing, mattresses, sheets, and pillowcases.
- Indications of tiny egg shells (roughly 1 mm in length), or the shed skin (a pale yellowish color) of bed bugs, or tiny dark spots of fecal matter on mattresses, bedding, and clothing.
If you believe you have bed bugs, give the experts at Well’s Termite & Pest Control a call today. Do-it-yourself bed bug eradication measures often fail, giving the bed bugs a chance to proliferate and infest your home.
The first steps in bed bug control is a thorough inspection of your home. After one of our specialists thoroughly inspects your home, we will recommend a pest management program from start to finish.
Our treatments won’t harm humans or pets. We start in the bedroom – with treatments to mattresses, box springs, and bed frames, the most common origin of an infestation. We utilize a high-pressure system that sprays a mist into voids in and around the home, and especially seams and cracks to eradicate favorite hiding places in walls and furniture.
We take a customized approach to bed bug control based on your circumstances. Don’t wait to get help. Call Well’s Termite & Pest Control at the first signs of trouble.
Bed Bug Basics
- Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. According to the Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, bed bugs are not known to spread disease, but they are a public nuisance pest.
- The more clutter you have, the more hiding places for bed bugs and other pests.
- When not feeding, bed bugs love to hide in the seams or piping of mattresses and box springs, chairs, and couches. They can even hide in curtain folds, in the joints of drawers, and in electrical appliances and receptacles.
- Bed bugs need to feed at least once every couple of weeks in order to mate and produce eggs. Females can lay up to three eggs a day (up to 500 eggs in a lifetime, which can last anywhere from six to 12 months or longer).
- Bed bugs don’t only feed on humans, but on pets, mammals, and birds.
- A bed bug can travel up to 20 feet from its hiding place to feed on a host.
- Bed bugs are typically nocturnal, but in some cases – and depending on hunger level – they can feed in daytime.
- Common bed bugs are typically found anywhere a host can live, but tropical bedbugs such as those that reside in southwestern Florida, rely on warmer temperatures to thrive.
While bed bugs can be challenging to eradicate, it’s not impossible when you choose an experienced pest control company. With 25 years’ experience, Well’s Termite & Pest Control has the know-how and expertise to treat your bed bug problems and provide preventative measures to prevent infestations through regularly scheduled services as needed.
For more information about our bed bug control processes, call us today at 239-369-5575.