Bed bugs are anyone’s worst nightmare. If you come across these pests on your property, you need to take immediate action. Turn to Hydrex Pest Control for the swift and reliable bed bug control you need. Equipped with state-of-the-art tools and proven products, our technicians are fully prepared to handle any pest problem that comes our way. We have over 50 years of service experience under our belts and are confident in our ability to put those bed bugs to rest once and for all.
“I recently thought I had a bed bug infestation, and Felipe came out to my house the very same day as my initial call. He was extremely polite, professional, sociable, and friendly. He made a pretty awful experience turn into a pleasant one with his ability” - Jessica A.
The first step in controlling any bed bug infestation is identifying it. Bed bugs are very tiny, but if you know what to look for, you can spot them.
Below is a description of bed bugs in each stage of life:
- Eggs: Bed bug eggs are very tiny and difficult to see. They are approximately the size of a pinhead and pearl-white with a dark eye spot.
- Young bed bugs (nymphs): Young bed bugs can be nearly impossible to see as they are tiny (smaller than a sesame seed!) and translucent.
- Adult bed bugs: Adult bed bugs are the easiest to spot due to their size and reddish-brown coloring. They are usually around the size of an apple seed and are either round or oval-shaped, depending on how recently they’ve fed.
Because bed bugs are skilled at hitching rides on clothing, purses, bags, and other items, infestations have been on the rise in the last few decades. If you travel often, we recommend checking your home for bed bugs regularly to catch infestations early on. This type of pest is very tricky to eliminate, so early detection makes the process that much easier.
Check your mattress and headboard for the following signs of bed bugs:
- Reddish-brown stains (blood)
- Dark spots (excrement)
- Live or hatched eggs
- Live bed bugs
- Molted bed bug skins
Bed bugs can also be found in:
- Picture frames
- Wall outlets
- Drawer joints
- Ceiling/wall junctions
Bed bug infestations are usually accompanied by strong, musty odors and mysterious bug bites on arms, legs, and necks. If you suspect you have an infestation, schedule an inspection straight away. Hydrex Pest Control restores safety and comfort to your home as quickly as possible.
How to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation
Preventing a bed bug infestation involves taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of bed bugs entering your home.
Here are some tips to help prevent bed bug infestations:
- Be Cautious When Traveling: Inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before unpacking. Check mattress seams, headboards, and nearby furniture. Keep your luggage off the floor and use luggage racks when available.
- Inspect Second-hand Furniture: Thoroughly inspect used furniture, especially mattresses and upholstered items, before bringing them into your home. Avoid picking up discarded furniture from the curb.
- Use Mattress and Box Spring Covers: Encase your mattress and box spring with bed bug-proof covers. These covers prevent bed bugs from hiding in and around your bed and make it easier to detect and treat any infestations.
- Reduce Clutter: Declutter your living space to eliminate hiding spots for bed bugs. Regular cleaning makes it easier to spot signs of an infestation early on.
- Regularly Vacuum: Vacuum carpets, upholstery, and any areas where bed bugs might hide. Dispose of the vacuum bag or empty the canister in a sealed plastic bag to prevent bed bugs from escaping.
- Be Mindful of Shared Spaces: Be cautious in shared spaces, such as laundromats and communal living areas. Avoid placing personal items on the ground, and be aware of your surroundings.
- Inspect Used Books and Electronics: Bed bugs can hide in the bindings of books and in the crevices of electronics. Inspect these items carefully before bringing them into your home.
- Educate Yourself: Learn about the signs of bed bug infestations and regularly inspect your living space for any indications. Early detection can help prevent a small problem from becoming a large infestation.
- Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home: When returning home from travel, inspect your luggage and clothing for any signs of bed bugs before bringing them inside.
- Use Caution with Shared Laundry Facilities: If using shared laundry facilities, transport your clothes in sealed plastic bags and fold them at home to avoid picking up bed bugs from the laundry room.
- Seal Cracks and Crevices: Seal cracks and crevices in walls, baseboards, and furniture to reduce potential hiding spots for bed bugs.
- Regular Pest Inspections: Consider regular pest inspections by professionals, especially if you live in an area where bed bugs are prevalent.
By following these prevention tips, you can reduce the risk of a bed bug infestation in your home. It's important to be vigilant and take action promptly if you notice any signs of bed bugs. Early intervention can make the elimination process much more manageable.
Why Hydrex Pest Control Is the Right Choice
As a local, family-owned company, Hydrex Pest Control understands how important a safe, comfortable, pest-free home is. We also understand that pest infestations can be incredibly overwhelming, which is why we make your pest problems our business. Each member of our pest control team is highly trained and fully qualified to handle any bed bug infestation we encounter, no matter how severe. We use the highest quality products and most advanced equipment to reach every nook and cranny of your home and ensure positive results.
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