Carter Pest Control, Pest Library: Bed Bugs
HOW TO IDENTIFY BED BUGS: CARTER PEST CONTROL GUIDE
Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed exclusively on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Although bed bugs feed on blood, they do not live on or in humans. They do not fly or hop, but rather crawl, and will travel 5-20 feet from established hiding places to feed on a host and then go back to rest and digest blood.
If bitten by bed bugs, symptoms can range from no reaction at all, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Common reactions are small, red, raised welts that appear in a straight line. In cases of allergy, the bites can be extremely swollen and itchy and could require medical attention. Other symptoms include anxiety, insomnia and systemic reactions. In order to control bedbugs, the problem must be properly identified as bed bugs, and not fleas, ticks or other insects. If a bed bug infestation is misidentified, the bugs are allowed more time to spread. Contact CARTER PEST CONTROL to inspect your home and correctly identify the pest problem.
CARTER PEST CONTROL LOCATES BED BUGS AROUND YOUR HOME
Although bed bugs feed on blood, they do not live on or in humans. They do not fly or hop, but rather crawl, and will travel 5-20 feet from established hiding places to feed on a host and then go back to rest and digest blood.
When not feeding, bed bugs will hide in a variety of places, such as under carpeting, between walls, under flooring and other dark places. Their favorite place to call home is soft, cushiony places such as your couch or the mattress on your bed.
As with other pests, the best methods to prevent a bed bug infestation include reducing the number of hiding places and cleaning up clutter. A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder; regularly washing and heat-drying your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor; reducing the number of bed bugs by thoroughly vacuuming rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room.
Servicing the Southern Central United States area, CARTER PEST CONTROL will thoroughly inspect your property, locate the pests’ living quarters, and help you decide on the best comprehensive approach
CARTER PEST CONTROL DISCUSSES BEDBUGS: SEASON: WHEN IS IT?
As the summer travel season got underway in June, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) worked to spread public awareness about bed bugs during Bed Bug Awareness Week. According to Cindy Mannes, executive director of PPMA, “we’ve witnessed a significant resurgence in recent years.”
Bedbugs had basically been eliminated since the 1940s, but began re-emerging in the mid-1990s, with complaints increasing 50-fold over the last five years. Experts say the increased bed bug infestations are due to an increase in international travel. They attach themselves to clothing, in purses, or other pieces of luggage and are usually transported from place to place as people travel. Bedbugs can secretly set up camp in new locations, going for up to a year without feeding, which allow them to go unnoticed. If given time to actually infest your home, getting rid of them is not an easy task. Be prepared this year and contact CARTER PEST CONTROL for all your pest control needs.