Bed bug infestations are on the rise and no home or business is immune! According to the 2013 Bugs Without Borders bed bug survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky.
Bed bug infestations continue to occur at high rates and the pest is as much, if not more of a problem than in years past.
So what does that mean for the average homeowner, property manager or general manager of a hotel or motel? Education is vital to preventing an infestation or spotting one early on.
Bed bugs do not discriminate and will infest a luxury home just as easy as they will one from a low-income area. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and will attach themselves to luggage, clothing or a person in search of their next blood meal. They will return home in your belongings and just one egg laying female can lay 1-5 eggs in a day and up to 500 eggs in a lifetime ! At this rate a home or hotel room can become infested rather quickly. The good news is bed bugs are not known to carry disease. However, this nuisance pest can cause some to have reactions from their bites, like rashes and itching and because of their mysterious, nocturnal ways they can wreak havoc on one’s mental well-being.
Bedbugs are small reddish brown insects about the size of an apple seed. Adults are approximately a ¼ inch (6mm) long and wingless. Juveniles and nymphs look like adults just a bit smaller and tend to lack the full colorings of the adults. Young bedbugs appear straw colored until they feed (on the blood of a mammal) they then become more crimson in color.
If you have reason to believe that you have bed bugs we highly recommend you contact us for an inspection. Bed bug infestations are much easier to treat if they are caught early on. Their name is misleading, bed bugs can infest couches, rugs, draperies and just about any soft furnishing in your home (anything upholstered). They are extremely difficult to treat without the help of a pest professional. The following are some tips for inspecting your bed for bed bugs:
Inspecting for bed bugs is a tedious process and particularly difficult for a homeowner who isn’t quite certain what he or she is looking for. If you have been exposed to bed bugs or you or someone in your home is suffering from unexplained bites or rashes consider contacting us for an inspection. Bed bug infestations are much easier to treat early on than when an infestation has had time to spread throughout a home.
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