• Bed bugs can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in a lifetime.

  • Bed bugs can survive for several months without eating.

  • Bed bugs can withstand a wide range of temperatures, from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Bed bug draw blood for about five minutes before retreating to digest.

  • Bed bugs hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch-hole in a mattress.

  • Bed bugs can ingest seven times their own weight in blood, which would be the equivalent of an average-sized male drinking 120 gallons of liquid.

  • Bed bugs are found in all 50 U.S. states.

BED BUGS

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings.

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatments. Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses and bedding unless the label specifically says you can use them on bedding.  Generally it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.

Control:

We use a general spray application on the inside and exterior of the home that detracts/eliminates bed bugs.  However, if there is a larger infestation, additional steps may need to be taken.