Bed bugs are among the most common and frustrating pests to infest homes. These little insects feed on human blood while they sleep and can cause significant stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights. But not to worry, this guide explains everything you need to know about effective bed bug pest control in Tampa.
The first step in pest control is identification. With bed bugs, bites alone aren't enough to determine an infestation. We'll explain how to check for bed bugs and review the most common signs to look for.
Bed bugs are not pests that will eventually go away. Once they get into a home, they are here to stay, and because of their rapid breeding, the infestation will continue to get worse. The sooner you can eliminate these pests, the better.
DIY home remedies and store-bought products aren't enough to eliminate these bugs. Working with a professional bed bug control company near you is the only effective way to treat these insects. We'll explain more about controlling and eliminating these pests to give you a better understanding of the process.
Finally, we'll provide some tips to help you prevent a reinfestation. A little extra vigilance can help ensure bed bugs won't return to your home. Please keep reading to learn more about these troublesome pests and the best way to control them with the pros at EcoTech.
Examining Your Home: Where To Look For Bed Bugs
Learning how to check for bed bugs is the best way to determine whether you have them in your home. As we said, bed bug bites alone cannot confirm an infestation. But knowing what evidence to look for and where to look for it will give you a definitive answer.
Bed bugs are elusive pests that are good at hiding. They are small and able to fit in places you might never think of, such as inside electrical switch plates and wallpaper. We'll provide a list of the most common bed bug signs in homes and elaborate on them below:
- Red, itchy, bed bug bites
- Actual bed bugs
- Blood spots on sheets
- Bed bug fecal spots
- Molt skins and eggshells
While bites are not enough evidence on their own, it does help to know what bed bug bites look like, to help you rule out bites from mosquitoes or fleas. Unlike these other pests, bed bug bites tend to be in a cluster or zig-zag line of three to five bites. Bites are often on the arms and legs and may take up to three days to appear.
The surest sign is seeing the bugs themselves, and many people ask, What do bed bugs look like anyway? Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, mahogany in color, and are flat, broad, and oval when unfed. After feeding, they will be reddish-brown, swollen, and elongated.
When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic so you don't feel the bite and an anti-coagulant to keep the blood flowing for the ten minutes or so they need to eat. If you look closely at the sheets, you might see small spots of blood left behind where they were feeding.
While checking the sheets, you may also notice darker spots. Bed bug feces primarily consists of the blood they digest, and these dark reddish-brown spots are about the size of a dot from a magic marker. You may also notice the marks on walls, upholstery, and furniture.
As bed bugs mature, they molt and discard their skins as they grow. You'll notice these translucent, off-white shells look similar to the bugs. You might also find hatched eggshells that appear hollow and are nearly transparent.
One or two of these signs in your home is enough to indicate it is time to find a company that offers bed bug control near you. Contact EcoTech if you need help determining whether or not you have an infestation or assistance eliminating these pests.
Bed Bug Problems: They Aren't Just Going To Go Away
Bed bugs are not a problem you can ignore, hoping they will go away on their own. If they have made their way into the house, and there are people to get blood from, they aren't going to leave. These bugs can even go several months without feeding if they need to.
If you search "how to get rid of bed bugs" online, you'll see plenty of ideas. People suggest steam cleaning the house or freezing your belongings for several days, but these pests can survive nearly freezing temperatures and up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Over-the-counter products may seem to work at first, but they aren't enough to destroy the eggs, and the problem will soon return when they hatch.
Bed bugs are resilient pests that know how to survive. Store-bought bed bug treatments will send them running to the next room or hiding deep inside furniture or crevices where the treatment can't reach them. These insects can slide into a crack the width of a credit card, making every baseboard, picture frame, and crack in the floor a potential hideaway.
Another issue is how quickly these pests reproduce. Female bed bugs can lay one to five eggs per day, which amounts to around 540 in their one-year lifetime. These eggs hatch and become reproductive adults in just 21 days, and the problem continually multiplies.
The pros at EcoTech provide the best pest control for bed bugs near you. Our Green Pro specialists know how to check for bed bugs, determine which areas of your home require treatment, and can efficiently eliminate these pests. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a free inspection.
Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite: Contact The Pros Right Away
Whether you have already been trying to get rid of these insects on your own or are starting to suspect you have a bed bug infestation, the sooner you call in the pros, the better. Bed bug numbers will continue to increase along with the areas in your home requiring treatment as they spread out.
At EcoTech, we understand the stress of a pest infestation and find it helps to know what to expect when you call us for bed bug removal. Our Green Pro specialists will thoroughly inspect your home to confirm you have bed bugs and determine which rooms in your home have a problem.
Following the inspection, we treat each area they are infesting and can do a room-by-room treatment if they aren't widespread and a whole house treatment if necessary. We also treat all the cracks and crevices they might hide in, including wall voids and electrical outlets.
We proudly provide the best bed bug pest control near you and back up our services with a 30-day warranty. If bed bugs return within the warranty period, we will treat your home again at no additional charge. We also offer mattress encasements that extend the warranty to 90 days if purchased.
Contact us today at EcoTech to request your free inspection or to learn more about our services. Let us help you and your family get back to having a pest-free home and a good night's sleep.
Long-Term Bed Bug Prevention: Tips To Prevent Reinfestation
Monitoring your home for any signs of these insects can help you to spot an infestation early, allowing you to promptly call for treatment and eliminate them before the problem becomes severe. There are also some techniques you can use to help prevent them.
Hotels are one of the most common places to pick up bed bugs, and they will hitch a ride home with you in your suitcase. Check your hotel room for early signs of bed bugs, such as the bugs themselves, eggshells, or spots of blood on the linens, to ensure the room is clear before you unpack.
You can also take precautions while traveling and when you return home to prevent bed bugs. The following list provides some tips to ensure you don't bring home any unwanted souvenirs from your vacation:
- Carry a flashlight to inspect the hotel mattress and furniture.
- Closely check behind the headboard where bed bugs commonly hide.
- If you see any signs, change rooms immediately and avoid adjacent rooms.
- When you return home, empty and inspect suitcases outside for any indications of bed bugs, and thoroughly vacuum all of your luggage.
- Wash all of your clothing on the highest heat setting possible.
Bed bugs infest places where people congregate, so it won't hurt to inspect children's backpacks after school and any bags that were on public transportation. You can keep these pests out or catch an infestation early with careful vigilance.
If bed bugs are already in your house, EcoTech provides expert bed bug control in Tampa to help you eliminate these troublesome pests. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection or to request more information.