It’s difficult to imagine a pest control situation more fraught with home or business owner anxiety than bedbugs. Residential pest control experts have been following an uptick (no pun intended) in cases in recent years, and in the commercial pest control industry bedbugs have become increasingly prevalent in settings such as hotels and dormitories.
Bedbugs are very flat, brownish-red insects about the size of a pencil eraser; sucking blood to survive, females can lay between two to five eggs every 24 hours. Without proper pest control management practices, and with that sort of growth rate, an infestation can number in the thousands in a relatively short amount of time.
Unfortunately, the initial detection of bedbugs can be something of a rude awakening: raised, itching welts on a sleeper’s body that resemble flea or mosquito bites. Bedbug bites themselves are usually painless and unnoticed at the time; it is only later, through an allergic reaction to the bedbugs’ secretions, that they are discovered. Small blood spots discovered on sheets are another common indicator, since bedbugs generally secrete roughly half of the blood they ingest.
Bedbugs live about a year, and infestations can be well-established by the time they are detected. They are not limited to sheets and bedding, but can make their homes in all sorts of small cracks and crevices, including chairs, couches, closets and luggage. They spread quickly, and thanks to their small side can move from house to house relatively unimpeded.
Children’s rhymes notwithstanding, bedbug infestations require more comprehensive pest management efforts than the heel of a shoe; professional pest control specialists are required to successfully eradicate them, and help prevent future infestations