Pest Spotlight: How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Tampa

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If you even suspect that you may have bed bugs in your home, you need to immediately call a professional Tampa pest control company to get rid of them. More than 76% of pest control professionals say bed bugs are the most challenging pest to eliminate. DIY methods may keep them at bay for a time, but the only way to really get rid of bed bugs is with professional help.

How To Tell If There Are Bed Bugs In Your Home

You need to know how to find bed bugs in Tampa to determine whether you have them. Bed bugs typically hide in the creases and seams of mattresses and box springs. They're usually closer to the headboard.

When you're looking for signs of bed bugs, you may see:

  • Bed bug eggs. These are like small white pearls, about 1/16 inch in diameter.
  • Molt skins. Bed bugs outgrow their exoskeletons five times as they grow and leave these shells behind.
  • Red, brown, or black smears from where the bed bugs have defecated on your mattress.
  • Bed bug bites on your arms or legs. These generally appear in lines or clusters of three or four bites.
  • Nymphs. These young bed bugs are small, yellow to tan, and very flat.
  • Bed bugs themselves. These ¼ inch long, oval, brown, flat bugs grow longer and rounder after they've fed.

You can also find bed bugs in your headboard, carpet, electrical outlets, other furniture, behind door jambs, baseboards, and light switch plates.

Bed Bugs Won't Just Go Away On Their Own

Now that you know how to know if you have bed bugs, you need to get them out of your mattress and out of your life for good. However, it's not that easy. Getting rid of bed bugs is a job for the professionals at EcoTech Pest Control Services. Our Green Pro Specialists are highly trained in finding where the bed bugs are hiding and how to apply products to get rid of them and keep them from coming back.

Bed bugs won't just go away on their own because they've found their perfect gourmet dinner: you. The longer you ignore them, the larger the infestation will grow. Females lay between one and five eggs a day, more than 540 in their lifetime. Each of those eggs will become a full-grown adult in about three weeks – then a new generation starts breeding.

Before you worry about how to get rid of bed bugs in your Tampa home, let's talk about preventing them.

Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard To Prevent

Bed bugs are nearly impossible to prevent. They're the ultimate hitchhikers. They crawl onto your shoes, pants, skirts, bags, groceries, or purchases to move into your home. Unfortunately, they're everywhere: churches, daycare centers, schools, retail stores, hotels, offices, public transportation, libraries, and anywhere else people gather. 

Approximately 20% of homes in the U.S. have bed bugs at any given time – that's one out of every five. Let us make one thing perfectly clear: having bed bugs does not mean that your house is dirty or that you're a bad housekeeper. Bed bugs have been found in the most pristine hotels and office buildings, where thorough cleaning is done on a daily basis.

Once you have bed bugs, you need professional bed bug control in Tampa to get rid of them.

What's The Fastest Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?

If you want to know how to get rid of bed bugs permanently, the answer is simple: call EcoTech to schedule your free, thorough inspection and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Tampa.