How to Identify Bed Bugs & How to Remove Them

February 28, 2020 - Bed Bugs

Dealing with bed bugs is nothing short of a tremendous headache. However, the initial stages of a bed bug infestation can be difficult to catch. Since bed bugs come out at night to feed, they can go unnoticed for some time. Eventually, if you are dealing with a bed bug infestation, you will see remnants of their bites on your skin. Bed bugs tend to bite in a linear pattern. For most people, they are small dots on the skin, but for those who are allergic, the bites can become inflamed and quite uncomfortable. Furthermore, if itched incessantly, you run the risk of infection.

Adult bed bugs are about 1/5 inch long and 1/8 inch wide. They have small, flat bodies that resemble an apple seed. Eggs and newly hatched nymphs are only about 1/25 inch in size. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color. After feeding, their body swells and their coloration becomes a deeper red.

Where To Look For Bed Bugs In Your Home

If you think you have bed bugs, you want to begin searching in your bedroom as bed bugs harborage locations are usually within a few feet of people's resting areas. Begin by checking your mattress. Look for signs of bed bugs such as black spots of fecal material or empty shells leftover from their molting process. Next, check for the bed bugs themselves. Look carefully at the seams and folds of your mattress as bed bugs will stay hidden when they're not feeding. Next, lift your mattress to check your boxspring.

Though bed bugs often reside close to where people sleep, they will also spread to other areas of the home. Check upholstered furniture, carpets, curtains, or even behind electrical outlets for signs of bed bug activity. Furthermore, if you're experiencing a bed bug infestation, you may also notice a sweet, musty odor throughout your home.

How To Prevent Bed Bugs From Coming Inside

Despite your best efforts, bed bugs may find their way into your home. These nuisance pests are notorious hitchhikers, and regardless of the location, size, or cleanliness of your home, they may find their way inside. They travel to homes from public locations where lots of people reside such as schools, public transportation, used clothing, and furniture stores, or hotel rooms. Therefore, after visiting any of these locations, bringing used items into your home, or entertaining guests, it's important to check for bed bug activity.

If you suspect bed bugs have gotten into your home, wash your belongings in hot water and dry them on high heat. Bed bugs cannot survive when exposed to elevated temperatures.

How To Treat A Bed Bug Infestation

When it comes to treating bed bugs, you must contact a professional. Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy task. You may do everything you can to wash your belongings, but these pests are experts at hiding. In fact, if threatened, bed bugs can go without food for months at a time. You may initially think you've solved your bed bug woes only for them to return later in greater numbers.

If you're concerned about bed bugs, our experts at GOTBUGSKILL have the experience and tools necessary to eliminate your bed bug problem completely. We're experienced in a wide variety of treatment options including fumigation, heat, freeze, steam, chemical, and fungal treatments.

Our multi-tool approach to bed bugs is so effective because it targets all life stages of the bed bugs from egg to adult thus eliminating your chance of reinfestation.

How GOTBUGSKILL Tackles A Bed Bug Infestation

If you're experiencing bed bugs, contact one of our friendly representatives immediately. We follow the following process to ensure that you no longer have a bed bug infestation:

  • We begin with an extensive inspection of your home by an expert technician.
  • After inspecting your home, we will summarize our findings, develop a treatment plan, and explain what you should expect after treatment.
  • To begin treatment, we will remove visible bed bugs with a vacuum.
  • Bed bugs cannot survive high heat, so we apply steam to highly infested areas to kill eggs and any live bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs hide behind electrical outlets, so we will dust behind electrical plates where evidence of activity is detected.
  • We apply a liquid treatment to high activity areas such as beds, furniture, baseboards, and the edges of your ceiling.
  • Lastly, we will return for a follow-up visit after 30 days to ensure that all bed bugs have been eliminated.

We are confident that our bed bug treatments work. That's why we offer a 90-warranty. If you notice bed bug activity after our initial treatment, we will return and re-treat, free of charge. For the best bed bug exterminator near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach call GOTBUGSIKILL today. 

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