Sleep Well With Absolute's Bed Bug Control
Due to increased travel, changing pest control products and resistance to available insecticides, the resurgence of this age old pest has become a significant problem in residences, businesses, hotels, hospitals, movie theatres, dorm rooms, etc. Bed bugs, as the name implies, are often closely associated with the bed, since human hosts show up on a regular basis. They are proficient hitchhikers and will crawl onto just about anything.
Basic identification, biology, and habits
Bed bugs are parasitic, very small and reddish brown oval shaped (the size of an apple seed). They cannot fly, but manage to walk very fast. Their survival relies on the consumption of blood from humans and other animals. They are attracted by carbon dioxide & body heat, feed quickly and, on average, lay 1-5 eggs per day and up to 200 eggs in their lifetime. Their typical lifespan is 12-18 months. These sturdy pests can survive for up to a year without feeding. Bed bugs don't attach themselves to the human and travel with them, they take a blood meal and then they jump off and go away to hide in cracks and crevices. Oddly enough, bed bugs are unproven disease carriers.
Bed bugs are not caused by bad housekeeping! As their name suggests, they are most commonly found in beds, close to their blood meal source. They hide during the day in mattress folds, behind headboards, upholstered furniture, behind baseboards, smoke detectors, wall hangings, loose wallpaper and any cracks and crevices. If you allow the population to grow, it expands from the bedroom to other parts of the house and the problem becomes more severe the longer you let it go.
Absolute Pest Control Treatment
Our technicians perform a careful inspection to identify if bed bugs are present. If bed bugs are found, we will recommend possible treatments based on the needs and concerns of the client. This treatment will require the full cooperation of the client to make the treatment successful. If you think you have bed bugs, don't hesitate to call for a free estimate. (330) 425-3210 or (440) 248-2350
What is a bed bug?
Bed bugs are rising in number, making a strong comeback after nearly 50 years of limited activity in the United States. Adult bed bugs have a distinct reddish-brown color and have flat, oval-shaped bodies about 1/4 inch in length. In a protected area, an adult female will lay up to five eggs in one day. The eggs are small, approximately 1mm in size and are whitish in color, making them nearly invisible to the untrained eye. Bed bug eggs are slightly sticky when first laid, which allows them to adhere to surfaces to remain safe until hatching. Once hatched, bed bug nymphs are no larger than a pinhead, closely resembling the adults, but smaller and lighter in color until they reach maturity. The nymphs mature rapidly, shedding their exoskeleton as they grow larger after each feeding. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, preferring human blood, but will also feed on other warm-blooded animals if necessary. Signs of a bed bug infestation are:
- • Small spots of blood on mattresses and bed linens
- • Tiny brown droppings
- • Exoskeletons, or “cast skins” shed by growing nymphs
- • Tiny white eggs and egg casings
Why do I have them?
Bed bugs are very efficient hitchhikers, capable of traveling great distances with an unsuspecting host. The affordability and prevalence of mass transit and international travel is a major contributing factor to the increase in bed bug infestations. Travel to countries with less rigorous standards of hygiene and limited pest control practices has become more common and more detrimental as bed bugs have been found in airplane seats, cabs and hotel beds. They commonly travel in luggage, backpacks and even in clothing. Once the bed bug has hitched a ride, its destination could be anywhere, including health care facilities, public transportation and private homes.
Are they dangerous?
Bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit diseases to humans, but their bites can cause skin irritation. Though many people have no reaction to bed bug bites, some experience small red welts that often appear in a line or cluster and may be itchy or painful. Serious health problems can occur if the bites become infected, at which point a medical professional should be consulted.