Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug

Bed bugs are becoming an increasing problem in this country as they are easily spread and can be difficult to treat resulting in a rapid growth in the number of bed bug outbreaks.

While there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of infestation the key to eradicating bed bugs is being familiar with the signs and dealing with the problem promptly with a professional pest control service.

Bed bugs are becoming an increasing problem in this country as they are easily spread and can be difficult to treat resulting in a rapid growth in the number of bed bug outbreaks.

While there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of infestation the key to eradicating bed bugs is being familiar with the signs and dealing with the problem promptly with a professional pest control service.

Adult bedbugs are 5mm long. Before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker adult bed bugs are approximately 5 mm long. Before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding.  Adult bed bugs can survive approximately 1 year without feeding; immature bed bugs (nymphs) can go 3-4 months without feeding.  Bed bugs do not have wings, but can crawl relatively fast. Bed bugs usually enter a property carried on clothing, luggage or furniture.

A bed bug can complete its development from an egg to and adult in as little as 1 month. A single female can potentially produce 200-500 eggs in her lifetime.

Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals but despite their blood-feeding nature, bed bugs have not been shown to transmit any diseases. Bed bug bites do not hurt; bites may result in an itchy welt which causes discomfort and can lead to secondary infection of the bite wound due to scratching.

Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites which sometimes occur with bed bugs.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, lured from their hiding spots at night by the warmth of our bodies and carbon dioxide in our breath as we sleep. The most common shelters for bed bugs are in the seams of mattresses, in crevices in the bed frame, behind furniture surrounding the bed (especially the headboard) or where the wall meets the floor. However, they can also be found in other places, such as the living room, where people tend to spend large amounts of time.

A more established infestation is associated with dark or black staining of the mattress from bed bug excrement.  Some reports suggest that an established bed bug infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant odour.

Treatment Methods

Bed bugs are an objectionable pest and one of the most difficult to eradicate.   Practicing good sanitation, regular cleaning, reducing clutter and the use of “do-it-yourself” insecticide products may help to reduce bed bug numbers. However professional treatment is necessary to eliminate the infestation.

Termite Choices technicians experienced professionals that use expert knowledge when treating bed bugs in your home.

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