PCS CAN TAKE CARE OF YOUR BED BUGS
At Pest Control Solutions, we know how to eliminate bed bug infestations. Here is our process.
- Our technician will perform a thorough inspection of your home, including beds, furniture and linens.
- PCS will customize a treatment for your needs to quickly and safely eliminate bed bugs from the infested areas.
- We will then remove visible bed bugs and treat the area to eliminate any hidden bed bugs and their eggs.
- Pest Control Solutions backs our work with our Bed Bug Guarantee. If bed bugs are found in the treated areas within the next 30 days, we will perform further treatment at no additional cost.
WHAT ARE BED BUGS?
Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood. The name bed bug derives from the preferred habitat of Cimex lectularius: warm houses and especially near or inside beds and bedding or other sleep areas. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed. A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bugs are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors. Certain signs and symptoms suggest the presence of bed bugs; finding the adult insects confirms the diagnosis.
Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. At a point in the early 1940s, they were mostly eradicated in the developed world, but have increased in prevalence since 1995, likely due to pesticide resistance, governmental bans on effective pesticides, and international travel. Because infestation of human habitats has begun to increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well.
WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?
Adult bed bugs are light brown to reddish-brown, flattened, oval-shaped, and have no hind wings. The front wings are vestigial and reduced to pad-like structures. Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adults grow to 4–5 mm (0.16–0.20 in) long and 1.5–3 mm (0.059–0.118 in) wide.
Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color, and become browner as they moult and reach maturity. A bed bug nymph of any age that has just consumed a blood meal has a bright red, translucent abdomen, fading to brown over the next several hours, and to opaque black within two days as the insect digests its meal. Bed bugs may be mistaken for other insects, such as booklice, small cockroaches, or carpet beetles; however, when warm and active, their movements are more ant-like and, like most other true bugs, they emit a characteristic disagreeable odor when crushed. Bed bugs use pheromones and kairomones to communicate regarding nesting locations, feeding, and reproduction. The lifespan of bed bugs varies by species and is also dependent on feeding.
SIGNS OF BED BUGS
There are several things to look for when trying to identify if you have a bed bug infestation or not. A few signs that commonly are noticed first are listed below.
Live or dead bed bugs or shed skins.
Bites you receive while you are sleeping.
Small blood stains on your bedding.