Pest Guide: What are bed bugs?

Identifying Bed Bugs: Common Features

Bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped bugs with a reddish-brown color. About the size of the head of a pin, adults may look similar to a tick, spider, or crab. Females can lay up to five sticky, white eggs in a day, each only about a millimeter in length. Bed bugs can multiply fast, making it possible to find many tiny little dark balls on infected surfaces. As they feast on blood and are highly mobile, it’s important to identify any infestation and act fast against it.

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How Does an Exterminator Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Exterminators use a variety of strategies to get rid of bed bugs. Given their small size and hardiness, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy to take them out. An exterminator will do the following to deal with any bed bug infestation:

  • Heat Treatment: Bed bugs will die if exposed to temperatures of 113° F or greater for an hour and a half. Eggs will die if they face temperatures of 118° F or more for this time. Exterminators use indoor heaters to bring an infested room to these temperatures.
  • Mattress Encasement: An exterminator may try to seal a mattress off from bedbugs, trapping those inside and preventing more from entering.
  • Targeted sprays and powders: Bed bugs tend to congregate in certain room areas, which an exterminator can spray or treat with powder to kill them.

Common Questions About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases to humans, making them more of a nuisance pest. However, they can travel easily and are difficult to eradicate once established. However, even though bed bugs feast on blood, they don’t transmit diseases directly. Instead, they leave red welts, which may get infected if you scratch them too much.

Bed bugs are also excellent at hiding during the day, as they are nocturnal creatures and only emerge to feed. They are also skilled at hiding in the nooks and crannies of your room and even your bed itself, such as within the folds of the mattress’s tags. That makes it important to work with a professional exterminator against any bed bug infestation.

It’s never a good idea to handle a bed bug infestation alone. Some people attempt to use natural remedies or chemical sprays against the creatures. However, some of these remedies may not work or are only powerful enough to kill single bugs. Sprays can usually kill bedbugs, but it’s unlikely you will be able to find them all.

Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs

  • Inspect second-hand furniture: If you're bringing second-hand furniture into your home, be sure to inspect it thoroughly for any signs of bed bugs before you bring it inside.
  • Use mattress encasements to protect your mattress, box spring, and pillows from bed bugs infestions.
  • Keep your home clutter-free: Bed bugs love clutter, so it's important to keep your home as clutter-free as possible. This can help make it easier to spot any signs of an infestation and can make it harder for bed bugs to find hiding spots.
  • Be cautious when traveling: Bed bugs are often brought into homes via luggage and clothing, so it's important to be cautious when traveling. Inspect your hotel room for any signs of bed bugs before you unpack your belongings, and keep your luggage off the floor and away from the bed.
  • Hire a professional pest control service.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Bed Bugs

My Pest Pros has more than a decade of experience treating bed bugs in homes, hotels, and medical facilities. We understand how frustrating it can be for your family to cope with bed bugs, and what it takes to quickly get rid of bed bugs in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

Professional treatments can be more effective than DIY methods and can help ensure that all bed bugs and their eggs are eliminated from your home.

We offer non-toxic bed bug heat treatments as well as traditional bed bug treatments that are highly effective and utilize the best EPA-approved products.

Our professional team not only eradicates current problems but also provides preventative care. With our protection plan, the tiny nuisances will be eradicated both now and in the future with regular treatment visits.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your bed bug problem, today and tomorrow.

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