Because they are small and flat, they have the ability to hide in unique places. The most common place they can be found is in your bed, thus why they are called Bed Bugs. They can also be found in floor cracks, under carpets, behind baseboards and loose wallpaper. 

Their ability to hide can make them very hard to detect. One characteristic of Bed Bugs is that they like to bunch together in high feeding zones and this can cause them to have a very bad smell. They can live for up to 12 months in your home and mature in as little as 1 month. This can make bed bug removal difficult due to how quickly they can reproduce.

Bed bugs are so small that not everyone who has a bed bug bite will react the same, sometimes you may not even know it. However, most people who get bit report the bites as being itchy and irritable. They may even cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

Understand that bed bugs have been around for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years. They are found throughout the world and come in a range of different types and species. 

They have become very adaptable to human environments and find their way around the globe via human, and other animal, travelers. You may be transporting them in your luggage and not even know it!

How Do You Get Bed Bugs

You can pick up a hitchhiking bed bug just about anywhere there are humans. Bed bugs have the ability to spread using unknowing people to help transport them. They are trained in hiding in those dark places within your luggage or carry-on and even yourself as well.

The key thing to remember if you do pick up bed bugs, once they are indoors - as in your home - they are very difficult to control and can spread like wildfire.

Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you lower your risk of becoming a bed bug transporter:

  1. Always check the reviews of the hotel, when traveling, for reports of bed bugs. You are most likely going to be looking at the reviews anyways, so take note of any bed bug sightings.
  2. When you get to your destination make sure you check your area. Pull the sheets back on the bed, check the cracks and crevices of the mattress, the headboard, and any part of the bed. Look along the baseboards of the room and behind any pictures for signs of bed bugs.
  3. You know those luggage racks that are in just about every room? Use them rather than storing your luggage on the ground or on the bed.
  4. Stay away from the dressers that are in the room. Hang your clothes if at all possible.

Obviously, there is no way to make absolutely sure you won't pick up any travelers, but you can minimize your risk by following these steps.

If you find that you have picked up some new guests, give us a call and we can remove them before they spread.

Bed Bug Signs

Bed bugs can hide in just about any part of your home. They are usually found in those dark comfy places like your bed or couch. These are the places that we start looking when doing an inspection.

When searching for these pests here are some of the signs we look for:

  • The bed bug itself - Makes sense. Need I go on?
  • Case Skins from maturing bed bugs. During the molting process the younger, growing, bugs shed their skin. This is a clear indicator of a problem.
  • Blackish-brown fecal material. Like any living thing, waste has to go somewhere (hopefully it's not in your bed). These bugs will defecate in their hiding spots and in turn, will cause brownish stains, smears, and even mounds.
  • They lay eggs too as if you needed something more to gross you out! Their eggs can be found in dark places, usually the around the same places where they hide out.
  • Bed Bug Bites are a huge indicator of the pest

These signs alone may not be indicative of bed bugs, so if you think you have a problem give us a call before it turns into and infestation.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs infestations don't have to do with how clean you or your home is. It's so easy to pick them up and bring them into your home, you could find them in the Pope's Villa or the White House.
It is the opposite of easy, though when trying to get rid of bed bugs. That is why your best case scenario is to find them early.

Remember that they are small, quick, and adaptable, but there are some things you can do:

  • Remove trash and clutter from your home. Although having a clean home can't keep pests out, having a dirty one is like a huge open for business sign! 
  • Clean you bed sheets, linens, and any other fabrics that get used often (use the 'Hot' settings on you washer & dryer). 
  • Do a thorough sweep of your furniture. If you decide to go buy furniture (especially if it's used), do a deep inspection before bringing it in your home. 
  • Give us a call and we'll inspect your home after and trips you go on.

When it might be important to call us: Just moved, had guests over for the weekend or holiday, had a service call, these are all very opportune times for bed bugs to enter your home.

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What are bed bugs

Bed bugs are very small insects that feed on warm-blooded animals. They are small, flat, and oval-shaped in appearance. They're reddish brown in color, from the blood they ingest. They are also known as Red Coats, Chinches, and Mahogany Flats - but don't get them confused with dust mites. Unlike Dust mites, who feed on dry & dead skin, bed bugs feast on human blood. 

Think about this ugly thing when you crawl into bed at night!


Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs are nocturnal, meaning they will feed on you at night. When they bite you, you won't feel it because their mouths are so small. It usually takes them around 10 minutes to feed. Bed Bug bites have a long incubation period as well, sometimes even taking up to a week or more to appear after you've been bitten.

The bites resemble that of flea bites. This is why it is very difficult to tell whether or not you have bed bugs or fleas, or possibly even mosquitoes.

Here are some Bed Bug Symptoms:

  • Reddish and most likely raised welts
  • A burning and/or itching rash near the bite site
  • Unlike fleas and mosquitoes, bed bugs will normally feed in groups so you may have lines of bites in a single area.

Because these kinds of bites are so hard to tell apart, most of the time a Doctor can't even tell the difference by just looking at them. Bed bugs have a very distinct bite pattern, so look for bites in rows/lines of 3 to 5.

Bed bugs like the exposed areas of the skin, this is why most bed bug bites occur around the ankles, legs, and feet. These bites may take a week or two to go away - this can be quite irritating.

What can be worse is if you have not taken care of the problem, and the infestation spreads, you will be in dire straights. Get rid of the problem or you will only continue to get bit.

Bed Bug Bite Treatment

Bites from bed bugs resemble other insects bites, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the area. Look for a raised rash area of multiple bites.

Note when the bite takes place. For example, write down whether you noticed the bite after a family outing or after you woke up in the morning. You will need to take into effect that every person's reaction time will be different - so it can take an hour for bed bug symptoms to manifest themselves, or it could take 10 days.

What should you do if you get bit?

My lawyers say this is the first thing you should do:

  1. Consult your physician! We are not doctors and cannot provide medical advice!
  2. That being said... Wash the bites with soap and water - simple right. Lightly rinse and wash the site. Try not to use soap that will burn; I mean, feel free if you want to. Try to use bar soap. The real trick is to get your hands lathered up with the soap and then gently massage the area. The purpose of the bar soap is that it will dry out your skin and help soothe the irritation.
  3. For the pain, you can try the usual, aspirin or acetaminophen. They will help a little at least.
  4.  If you want to try and concoct some home remedies, here are some good ones: 
    1. Baking soda & Water. Apply the paste to the bed bug bite and let it sit for about an hour. Wash it off with warm water.
    2. Cotton ball & lemon juice. Dab on the site and it will dry out the area.
    3. Aloe (use the 100%aloe version), this can help fend off an infection from all the scratching you are doing!
    4. Calamine lotion. Can help out a little with the irritation, but will dry out the area as well - which is what you want.
  5. Antihistamines (i.e., Benadryl). If you are not familiar with Benadryl, you will not itch at all, because you'll be passed out (do not operate heavy machinery after consumption)!
  6. Hydrocortisone or cortisone. They will help keep the swelling down and the itch away.
  7. Refer to number 1 - Go see your doctor!

Bed Bug Symptoms

Bed bugs are tiny and very sneaky, so remember that in infestation can happen to just about anyone. It may even take a while for you to even notice they've set up shop! 
They can cause physical, as well as emotional pain. Some people can even have allergic reactions to bed bug bites. If you or your loved ones have an allergic reaction, go see your doctor immediately.
There are also those folks out there that won't have any reaction to being bit. Make sure you realize that just because you don't itch or feel any sort of discomfort that there isn't a problem. They will keep feeding on you until there is nothing left. 

Remember to keep and eye out for the tell-tale signs of an infestation. Watch for clues that bed bugs are in your home or on your luggage. Watch where you go and where you sleep when you are traveling. Take care of yourself if you have bed bug bites.

What do we do?

We will come over and inspect your home or property. We check all areas of your home for possible infestations or areas that may be at risk. We then discuss with you, the homeowner, what the process moving forward should be. Together we will develop a treatment plan. 

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