It doesn’t seem like such a big deal to find a couple of bugs in the home, does it? This might be the case with some species. However, this is certainly not the case when it comes to the creepy crawler known as the bed bug. These parasitic pests have grown to become one of the biggest nuisances and threats in your area. Finding just one bug in the home likely means there is a whole colony not far away.
When it comes right down to it, the most effective thing to do after spotting a bed bug in the home is to get a pest management pro on the phone. And not just any pest management firm. You want to choose one that is licensed, insured, and backed with the necessary experience and equipment like ours. We have been servicing your local area for a whole host of years and will do whatever is necessary to help you remove your problem while ensuring it stays gone.
Why Is One Bug A Problem
You are probably thinking, it’s just one bug, what’s the big deal? Well, as was mentioned above, you might only be seeing one bug, but there is a very good chance more are nearby. Bed bugs are incredibly social creatures, with a hive-like mentality. With their ability to reproduce quickly, you are going to have even more problems on your hands if the bug you are seeing is female. While these bugs are extremely small and even harder to procure, you can distinguish the males from the females by examining the abdomens.
The males have more pointed abdomens, whereas the females are rounded. Either way, you don’t want one of these bugs in the home. The female bed bug possesses the ability to lay as many as 500 eggs in a single lifetime.
Bed Bugs Are Hard To Find
Bed bugs are not only small and reddish-brown, but they go out of their way to avoid detection. They’ll only come out and feed when you are sleeping and even miss a few meals if it means avoiding detection. That’s just how adept these invaders are. This along with their ability to cram their bodies into some of the tiniest cracks and crevices in the world, and you can easily see why a pest management pro is necessary for detection.
Unfortunately, they are even more necessary for removal. While there are tons of DIY or over-the-counter methods for dealing with these bugs, they are more times than not ineffective. You throw in the fact that a lot of people don’t even react to the bites, and it just doubles the problems these bugs stand to pose.
Ensure It Is A Bed Bug
So, you found a small pest in the home? Perhaps, you are waking up in the mornings with mosquito-like bite marks? Whatever the situation is, these results don’t necessarily mean you have a bed bug infestation in the home. You may be dealing with another unwanted invader. While you don’t want any invader in the home, it is more than necessary to know exactly what you are dealing with. Different bugs and species may require varying treatments. Here’s how you can be sure you are dealing with bed bugs.
Bloodstains – Bed bugs are parasitic invaders, so it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that blood and blood loss is going to be involved. Since most bed bugs feed while you sleep, keep an eye on your sheets for droplets. These droplets will be much easier to detect if you switch to white or lighter colored sheeting.
Exoskeletons – Like reptiles and common creatures, the bed bug will shed its skin. This is also a process that leaves behind a clear, near translucent skin. A skin that might be hard to detect but should be clearly visible if you search hard enough.
Eggs/ Egg Casings – While eggs and egg casings are a surefire indication of bed bugs, these are the last things you want to find in your home. They are only about the size of a pinpoint but mean major problems because it means more bugs are to come or they have just recently hatched. Either way, these are not situations you want to deal with.
Fecal Matter – There is nothing more disgusting or unsanitary than fecal matter. Unfortunately, this is a potential you must contend with when dealing with bed bugs and feedings. Fecal matter is dark and usually shows up on the sheets smeared and spread in black ink-like stains.
Bite Marks – Not every person will react to bed bug bites, but these will be rare cases. If you are getting bitten by bed bugs the bites will appear similar to mosquitos and provoke similar reactions. They’ll itch and welt. This being said, bed bug bites usually only appear on the potentially exposed portions of the skin, whereas mosquito, flea, or mite bites can appear all over the entire body.
If you experience any of the above, you want to get our local office on the phone immediately. An infestation is best dealt with immediately. Jumping into the situation right away will not only be easier, but it’ll likely end up costing less for treatment. Let us do the heavy lifting and dirty work for you. We’ll do it with a huge smile on our faces.