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Bed Bug Services

 

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny parasitic creatures with an oval shaped flat body that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Adult bed bugs have no wings and are reddish brown in color. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they moult and reach maturity. Their shape and size allow them to hide in tiny crevices of furniture, beds, floors, chairs, upholsteries. Bed bug eggs conglomerate where they hide and are translucent or white cream in color.
 
Bed bugs do bite. They feed at night, and in some cases leaving itchy and sometimes painful red bumps, welts or rash-like wounds on the skin. However, some people do not show signs of bites.

Bed bugs can reproduce 500 times in a single life time and could lay eggs at 5 hatchlings per day. The life span of bedbugs varies by species and is also dependent on feeding. Bedbugs have six life stages (five immature and an adult stage). They will shed their skins through a molting process  throughout multiple stages of their lives. The discarded outer shells look like clear, empty exoskeletons of the bugs themselves. Bedbugs must molt six times before becoming fertile adults.Although large scale infestation from bed bugs was once controlled through the use of DDT, the chemical was determined to be harmful to humans and usage was stopped. Recently bed bugs have begun to appear more and more due to their rapid reproduction and the ease at which they spread.
 
Causes of Bed Bugs

Dwellings can become infested with bedbugs in a variety of ways, from:

  • Bugs and eggs that "hitchhiked in" on clothing and luggage
  • Infested items (such as furniture or clothing) brought in
  • Nearby dwellings or infested items, if there are easy routes (through duct work or false ceilings)
  • Wild animals (such as bats or birds)
  • People visiting from a source of infestation; bedbugs, like roaches, are transferred by clothing, luggage, or a person's body.

Bed Bugs - Myths and Facts

Myth: Bed bugs are too small to see.
Fact: Although they may be difficult to find because they hide well, bed bugs are big enough to be seen with the naked eye. Bed bugs look similar to an apple seed in size and appearance.

Myth: Bed bugs are only found in shelters; only poor people or dirty people get them.
Fact: Bed bugs can be found in 5-star hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, condos, private homes, and even in some public places, such as businesses and offices. Anyone can get bed bugs.  Bed bugs are an unfortunate infestation and is not an indication of how someone lives.

Myth: Walking into a room that has bed bugs means you will get bed bugs.
Fact: Bed bugs do not jump. They spend 90% of their time hiding and are usually active at night. Bed bugs avoid light and do not like to be disturbed.

Myth: Bed bugs cause disease.
Fact: Bed bugs are not considered a health hazard and do not transmit disease. Bed bug bites, however, can cause allergic reaction in some people similar to a mosquito bite. Frequent scratching of the bite marks or picking the scabs can cause infections. And people with severe and/or repeated infestations can feel anxious, worried or ashamed.

Bed Bug Extermination

Bed bug extermination is best left to professional pest management companies such as M.A.D. Exterminators. Our technicians have been specially trained to determine the most effective means of ridding your home or business of these difficult to remove pests. We have the availability to offer Heat Treatments, Freezing Treatments, Chemical Treatments, and Canine Bed Bug Detection Services or a combination of depending on the level of infestation.

Call us today to schedule an inspection of your home or business if you feel you may have a bed bug infestation!!!


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