Get Rid Of Bed Bugs For Good: The Most Effective Control Solution For Lawrenceville Homes

Bed bugs are a fast-growing problem for homeowners in Lawrenceville. The odds, unfortunately, are not in our favor. Statistics show nearly 20% of Americans are at risk for a bed bug infestation within the next 12 months. This means if you look down the street at four of your neighbors, one of you has a chance of bringing home bed bugs this year.

Discovering a bed bug infestation in your home is extremely overwhelming, as these pests waste no time settling down once they get introduced to your home. Not only will they feed on you and your family, but they'll likely leave a mess on your blankets, pillowcases, and mattresses. If their itchy bites don't keep you up at night, worrying about how to get rid of them will.

It's not all doom and gloom, however, especially with the right prevention measures in place. Knowing what it takes to keep bed bugs out of your house is an excellent first step toward long-term prevention.

That said, many people don't know where to start with bed bug control, much less how to apply the right prevention methods to keep their homes safe. That's why the team at ProCare Pest Services wrote this guide: to help you better understand how to identify, control, and prevent bed bugs in Lawrenceville.

First, we explain the science of bed bug behavior and highlight the habits and traits you should know. Then, we discuss the long-term effects of their activity so you have a better idea of what to expect. Finally, we walk through helpful prevention steps so you can keep pests out for good. Want to completely remove bed bugs from your Lawrenceville home? We explain the step-by-step bed bug control process offered by ProCare Pest Services.

Let's start back at the beginning:

Bed Bug Behavior: Understanding Their Habits And Traits

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Bed bugs in Lawrenceville are certainly not a new phenomenon – these pests have been plaguing households for most of recorded history! Although they all but disappeared in the mid-1950s, changes in public transportation allowed these pests to resurge across the nation.

In fact, this bed bug 'renaissance' in the United States is mostly due to the pest's unique questing behaviors. Many people refer to bed bugs as the 'hitchhiking pest' thanks to their uncanny ability to sneak around undetected.

Most bed bug infestations start in high-density areas, including subways, trains, and airport terminals. These pests waste no time crawling from one potential victim to another and can even hide in clothing you're physically wearing. Since these pests are quite small (just 1/4 an inch in size) and extremely good at hiding, you may not even notice these stowaways on your luggage until it's too late.

Bed bugs begin to feed on their new host as soon as it's safe to do so. As nocturnal pests, they attack during the night and leave a network of zig-zagged bites across your body. They may also leave blood spots or excrement stains as they travel across bed sheets and pillowcases.

Once bed bugs have consumed enough blood for one evening, they usually return to their hiding place and wait out the daytime. They may also scout the rest of your home for 'food,' invading new rooms and putting other family members at risk. In rare cases, bed bugs can also feed on cats and dogs.

Thankfully, your pets don't have to worry about any serious side effects from bed bugs. But what about the rest of your family?

Let's take a closer look.

Bed Bugs And Sleepless Nights: How They Affect Your Well-Being

First, the good news: Bed bugs cannot spread serious illnesses or infect your family with diseases. Unlike many other pests that feed on blood, you don't need to worry about life-threatening bacteria, the possibility of parasites, or expensive medical treatments.

That's not to say bed bugs are harmless, however. These pesky insects are a complete household nightmare and won't go away without professional intervention.

The first thing to worry about is the initial bed bug bite. Bed bugs feed every three to seven days and can inflict up to three bites per night. Considering the average bed bug infestation involves 4 to 200 bed bugs, you and your family could receive hundreds of bites per week and find it almost impossible to sleep.

Like mosquito bites, bed bug bites are extremely itchy. But unlike mosquitoes, the itchiness doesn't go away within a few hours. Some people report feeling extremely itchy for up to one week after their initial bite. Hot showers and sweaty gym trips could make the problem worse, leading you to scratch until you bleed.

This poses yet another problem. Extreme scratching may increase your risk for secondary infections. You may be at risk for contracting Staphylococcus aureus/MRSA or Streptococcus pyogenes, requiring medical treatment.

What happens if you put up with bed bugs for too long? Insomnia and anemia are the most commonly reported symptoms. Not sleeping enough could create a host of mental and physical challenges, while anemia could make you feel tired and weak (and potentially require medical intervention).

As you can see, bed bug infestations are a serious matter and must be avoided at all costs. If you don't yet have an infestation and want to ensure you never get one, you can use the prevention steps below to take a step in the right direction.

Preventing Bed Bug Infestations: Tips And Techniques

It's impossible to lower your risks of bed bug exposure completely to zero. However, it is possible to significantly reduce your chances of getting a bed bug infestation. We recommend following these helpful tips for how to prevent bed bugs from invading your Lawrenceville home:

  • After returning from a trip, wash all clothing on the highest heat setting available on your washing machine. You may want to dry it on high heat as well or hang it outside to dry.

  • Let your luggage air out in the sunshine for at least 12 hours after returning home. You may want to give them a visual inspection for tiny, brown bugs no bigger than an apple seed.

  • Check overnight lodgings like hotels and Airbnbs for any sign of bed bug activity. We recommend using the credit card test: run a flat-edged object along the seams of furniture and mattresses to see if bed bugs stir or run away.

  • Store your luggage up high and off the floor while using public transportation. Airplanes and trains typically have above-ground storage areas, while buses may require you to stash items on your lap.

Even if you follow the above steps perfectly, you should know bed bug prevention isn't an exact science. One or two bugs may still get inside your home and quickly become a bigger problem if not addressed.

Thankfully, the professional team at ProCare Pest Services can help you seamlessly navigate the bed bug control process. Let's look at the treatment we've used to successfully treat households in Lawrenceville and beyond.

Don't Battle Bed Bugs Alone: Call For Expert Bed Bug Elimination

Despite their brief disappearance in the mid-1950s, it's clear that bed bugs in Lawrenceville are here to stay. There's no avoiding the possibility of exposure anymore – but you can still fight back with the help of seasoned professionals.

ProCare Pest Services has served the homeowners of Lawrenceville with effective bed bug control since 2014. We take pride in our scientific approach to bed bug removal and have dozens of five-star reviews from happy customers. As you can see from our approach and commitment to excellence, we have what it takes to get rid of bed bugs at any stage of infestation.

First, we work to identify the bed bugs in your home and get a better idea of the situation you're facing. We take our time exploring potential hot spots and uncovering hiding places so we know where to treat.

From here, we apply science-based bed bug treatments in all affected areas of your home. We always let you know what we're doing in advance and provide you with plenty of details regarding our treatment process. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones feel safe before, during, and after we've finished the job.

Finally, we follow up with your family to ensure your home is bed bug-free. We also look for any evidence of a possible bed bug reemergence so we can re-treat your property if necessary. In the unlikely event you spot one or two 'survivors,' our team returns to your property and makes things right. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee is just one of the reasons we're one of the highest-rated pest control companies in the area.

If you're ready to get started with bed bug control in Lawrenceville, ProCare Pest Services is just a phone call away. You can contact our local office to set up an appointment and receive a free quote for your bed bug treatment.

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