When should you start thinking about bed bug control? Should you wait until you need bed bug extermination? We hope you don't. There are many ways you can prevent a bed bug problem inside your Lawrenceville home long before it starts. Join us today as we take a look at important facts to know about bed bugs if you want to keep them out of your home. We'll cover bed bug identification, how to evaluate a problem, control solutions, and ongoing preventative steps. You'll find great tips here and valuable insights that will make bed bugs less mysterious. As always, we want you to remember that your ProCare Pest Services team is standing by, ready to assist you. We can answer questions about bed bugs in Lawrenceville and explain what is needed to get control of these annoying pests. Our technicians have the training and experience to help you better understand what you're up against with these troublesome insects. Jump to our contact page to connect with us or to request bed bug control in Lawrenceville. We're here to help.
Visual Clues: Identifying Bed Bugs By Appearance
Let's start off with a question we get quite a bit. "Can you see bed bugs with the naked eye?" The common belief is that you can't see bed bugs. But you can, actually. The issue isn't that they're so tiny that you can't see them. It is that you may not recognize a bed bug when you see one or not know where to look for these bugs when they get into your home.
Adult Bed Bugs: Most Lawrenceville residents know what an adult bed bug looks like. We're sure you would quickly pick out a bed bug in a line-up of pests. They have a noticeable brownish-red coloration, apple-seed shape, and crease lines. But seeing a bed bug in real life is different than seeing one in a picture on the internet. At full size, a bed bug is less than ? of an inch long. While not invisible to the naked eye, they are incredibly small. So, they'll just look like little brownish-red specks. It is easy to overlook a speck.
Baby Bed Bugs: Often, it isn't adult bed bugs that Lawrenceville residents see. The most common sightings are those of bed bug nymphs. A bed bug starts life as a six-legged insect with a shape similar to adult bed bugs but is visually different. A baby bed bug is translucent and may be pale white or appear bright red if it is feeding on blood. It may have a black coloration as the fecal matter inside the abdomen is visible. It may appear tan as older nymphs start to take on a tan-to-brown coloration over time. We recommend looking at photos of nymphs online to get an idea of what they might look like and, as you do, remember that they are even smaller than adults. A newborn nymph is a mere 1/26 of an inch long.
Bed Bug Eggs: It is possible to see bed bugs before they hatch. What do bed bug eggs look like? They are around 1/26 of an inch around, white, and oval. If you hope to find eggs, you'll need to inspect exceedingly tight spaces, such as the seams of your mattress, cracks in your luggage, pockets in your pocketbook, binders on your hardback books, or other similar locations.
It is essential to know what bed bugs look like in all stages of development. That way, if you see them while away from home, you can take steps to prevent them from coming home with you. These are hitchhiking pests. They don't live in your yard. They travel from one populated location to another. If they should hitch a ride into your home, there are a few things you should know about a bed bug problem.
Bed Bug Problems: They Aren't Just Going To Go Away
Bed bugs don't choose where they want to live. They live wherever they find themselves. That means there is nothing about your home that attracts them and nothing you can do to make them go away. They're also not going to go away on their own if you attempt to starve them. A bed bug can't live in your yard. Their food source is far too difficult to acquire in nature. One reason for this is that they can't easily climb on fur or hair. Through the centuries, bed bugs have sought after the blood of humans almost exclusively. So, unless you have humans sleeping in your yard, bed bugs aren't going to want to go out there.
When bed bugs find their way into your home, there are a few things they'll do inside your home that they did in the last place they lived. It is helpful to understand these behavior patterns as they provide insights into why these pests are hard to control.
Bed bugs prefer to hide in cracks and tight spaces. They rarely come out in the open because they don't like the light. For this reason, some people think that they are invisible.
Bed bugs hide near beds, couches, chairs, and other places where you sleep, lounge, or sit. At the onset of an infestation, bed bugs are likely to target one point. This is a good time to contact a professional to control them because it can save you money.
Bed bugs will feed on the people living in your home, but they can go months without a blood meal. If you attempt to control them, one of two things will happen: They will move to another location to find someone to bite, or they will simply wait until you're tired of applying your control methods.
A bed bug is going to do what a bed bug is going to do. Your methods should take into consideration where they prefer to hide and what control methods will work to eliminate them without causing them to spread. So, how do you get rid of bed bugs without spreading them around? We're glad you asked.
Professional Bed Bug Control: Call In The Experts Right Away
If you detect a bed bug infestation, your best first step is to contact professional home pest control in Lawrenceville. Since bed bugs are typically isolated to one zone at first, your technician can corral the bugs and eliminate them in that zone. Along with isolating these insects, your technician will use trusted products and methods to get results. There is no silver bullet for bed bug control. A pest professional analyzes the environment, tracks activity, considers conducive conditions, selects several control measures, and applies a multi-pronged strategy to effectively control bed bugs.
There are many benefits to getting professional bed bug control early. One that is often not considered is that these insects are the gift that keeps on giving. If your infestation lasts long enough, you can accidentally give bed bugs to friends and family. That means you have the potential to get those bugs back after you've paid to eradicate them in your home. Let's take a look at some prevention tips that can help you avoid getting bed bugs after treatment.
Maintaining A Bed Bug-Free Home: Prevention Strategies
Bed bug prevention does not work like most other pest prevention strategies. You can't apply protection around your home and seal entry points to keep these pests out. You'll need to apply unique prevention methods. Here are our best suggestions:
Learn how to check for bed bugs. Every time you leave your home, you have the potential to bring bed bugs home with you. Check out our other blogs on how to detect bed bugs while away from home.
Routinely check your home to catch bed bugs early. Use the same inspection methods you use while away from home.
Take steps to keep bed bugs out of your clothing and luggage. These insects are attracted to the scent of laundry. Storing laundry in a sealed plastic bag and never draping laundry items on beds and chairs will go a long way toward keeping bed bugs out. As for your luggage, store luggage high, use a luggage rack if available, and protect your luggage within a sealed bag or apply a lavender spray to mask the scent of the items inside.
When you return home from vacation, wash all of your laundry in hot, soapy water and put the items through a dryer cycle. Soap dries bed bugs out and dehydrates them. Heat exterminates bed bugs in all stages of development, including eggs.
Should you ever have an infestation in your home and require bed bug services in Lawrenceville, contact your ProCare Pest Services team. We'll help you zero in on that infestation and apply the industry-leading control solutions to eliminate all the bed bugs in your home. It is easy to schedule service or find out pricing for bed bugs in Lawrenceville. Jump to our contact page to make your requests. You don't have to let the bed bugs bite.