Good night, sleep tight! ... Don't let the bed bugs bite!
When parents tuck their children in their beds and repeat this centuries old warning, do they really think that bugs will be nibbling on their children in the middle of the night? The answer used to be, “no.” Now, however, this warning could be more important than you think. Bed bugs are becoming a serious problem in homes!
What Do Bedbugs Look Like? Adult bedbugs are small, reddish-brown bugs that look like a thin apple seed. They are about 1/4-inch-long and can be seen with the human eye; however, the infant bedbugs are much smaller and are not easily seen by the human eye. Bedbugs are often confused with a tick because they are similar in size and shape.
What Do Bedbugs Feed On?
Bedbugs feed on blood, mostly of humans at night while we are sleeping. We don’t usually feel them feeding because they inject an anesthetic like substance into our skin before they bite. Most people who are bitten, though not all, are left with itchy bumps or welts. After feeding, bedbugs return to their hiding places where they spend the majority of their time. Bedbugs typically hide in cracks and crevices close to where we sleep, but they can also be found anywhere humans spend a good deal of time resting.
Where Could I Get Bedbugs?
1 in 5 Americans has come into contact with bedbugs, directly or indirectly. The scary part is that bedbugs are no longer just in places with beds – they are in schools, hospitals, movie theaters, retail locations--anywhere that people are. Bedbugs are often referred to as “hitchhiker” bugs because they travel from person to person, rather than coming in to a structure from outside. Although bedbugs can be picked up virtually anywhere, they are most often transmitted through travelling. Whether you stay away from home, or have guests stay with you, you must be aware of the bedbug threat.
How Do I Know if I Have Bedbugs?
Because bedbugs feed at night, you won’t often see them during the day. It is important that you do not just check your bedding for the bugs, but for the evidence that they were there. Possible evidence of bedbugs include:
- Irritated bumps on the skin
- Small black circles on the seams of the mattress
- Small blood stains on the mattress
Do Bedbugs Mean My Home Isn’t Clean?
Bedbugs are what we call an "equal opportunity pest" because they affect families regardless of their socioeconomic status. Bedbugs are not attracted to dirty environments more than clean ones. Because bedbugs are “hitchhiker” bugs, all it takes is coming in contact with them once for them to travel to your home.
How do I Get Rid of Bedbugs?
- 1. Find the source
If you know where you got the bedbugs, you can effectively prevent them from coming to your home again. Any steps you take to remove the bugs will be in vain, if you don’t find the source and re-introduce the bugs to your home again.
- 2. Wash and Dry
Bedbugs cannot survive the washer or the dryer. Wash and dry any fabrics on or around the bed, such as bedding, curtains, stuffed animals, pillows, etc. Anything that can’t be washed you should place in the dryer.
- 3. Call Professionals
Bedbugs are an extremely difficult pest to take care of and should be left to the professionals. Over the counter products are far less effective than the products that we use as licensed professionals. We also have much more experience and know the tendencies of the bugs.
What Are My Treatment Options
Here at Schendel Pest Control we use two different methods to eliminate bedbugs: chemical treatment and heat treatment.
The chemical product that we use here at Schendel Pest Control is based off the chrysanthemum flower, making it a completely safe option for you and your family. Contrary to some sources, chemical treatment DOES work. We have had great success with this method; however, it does require some patience. Because no chemical can kill the bedbug eggs that have been laid, this method does require some follow-up visits. Usually two or three follow ups are sufficient, but every case is different. If you follow our instructions, and continue the follow-up visits, you should be able to completely dispose of the bedbugs. The chemical treatment does require patience, but it is a very affordable and thorough option.
The heat treatment is a non-chemical approach that penetrates wall cavities, mattresses and other hard to reach locations to kill bedbugs. By applying heat evenly throughout a structure, we are able to kill bedbugs wherever they are hiding. The high heat will kill all of the growth stages of the bedbug, including the eggs. The heat treatment is a one-time treatment that can eradicate the entire bedbug population. We back this treatment with our warranty--if the bedbugs are not gone after the treatment, we will come back to take care of them, at no extra cost to you. The heat treatment is an all-day process that requires more preparation and investment, but it is well worth it for the speedy results. For bedbug treatment that is customized to you, call Schendel Pest Control today!