One of the pests Lady Killers Pest Control gets the most calls about is bed bugs. Although bed bugs are not known to be vectors for diseases, the fact bed bugs feed on people while they sleep is disturbing enough most people contact us very quickly upon finding the bites or signs of bed bugs around their home. People are so afraid of bed bugs that they often confuse other insects as bed bugs, causing an unnecessary panic and maybe even causing residents to throw out or destroy furniture or clothing when they don’t need to.
Lady Killers Pest Control bed bug specialists know the difference between bed bugs and other pests often confused with these insects. Lady Killers Pest Control can help track down the bed bug hiding places and help you get rid of them and prevent a return infestation If you think you have bed bugs, contact your local Lady Killers Pest Control office today.
Bed bug control and treatment
Lady Killers Pest Control specialists have been the local experts in bed bug control for the past five years. We have learned new methods of finding bed bugs and can do a thorough bed bug inspection. We then provide expert bed bug treatment and removal services and prevent bed bugs from coming back.
Trying to take care of bed bug pest control solutions on your own can be very difficult and just missing a couple of bed bugs can cause a re-infestation.
Bed bugs have become much more common across the US in the last few years and few hotels have escaped an infestation.
Our specialists commonly deal with bed bug infestations in cities all across the Upper Peninsula and northern lower Michigan.
Fill out a contact form online today or call Vicki (906) 202-0812 or Ang (920) 737-8349 and one of our pest control specialists will get in touch with you to answer all your bed bug pest control questions or set up a free inspection.
Professional bed bug exterminators
Our specialists are the bed bug exterminators with the training and tools on hand to find bed bugs throughout a home or office. The bites on arms and legs can be from a variety of potential pests, but we can tell you if bed bugs are the ones doing the feasting and potentially ruining your night’s sleep.
Bed bugs leave behind telltale signs, but they can be hard to spot with the untrained, naked eye. Bed bugs are very small and very good at hiding. However, a Lady Killers Pest Control bed bug specialist can spot the signs of bed bugs quickly during a bed bug inspection, and then use tools such as signs of bed bugs to track down their location.
Bed bug infestation signs
The first thing that a Lady Killers Pest Control professional bed bug exterminator will look for are the signs of a bed bug infestation. This can take quite a bit of time, and it’s why we often recommend a canine bed bug inspection, as bed bugs are crafty and can hide easily almost anywhere and bed bug dogs can seek them out more easily than people.
There are specific things that a professional bed bug exterminator is looking for, including:
- Shed skins – bed bugs go through several life cycles and they leave behind their shed skins.
- Fecal spots – bed bugs are rather rude and will leave fecal deposits that look like tiny black dots from a felt tip pen behind.
- Blood spots – the bugs can become crushed and leave behind blood spots or the wounds they leave on you can bleed a bit, too. Tiny spots of blood on sheets are a telltale sign.
- Odors – in a very heavy infestation, even a human nose can detect the unpleasant, somewhat sweet smell of a bed bug invasion. Bed bugs also give off a hormonal scent when disturbed, too. Dogs can spot these scents with smaller infestations and much easier than humans.
- Insects – if you look in the right places, like creases, cracks, crevices, you can also find the live bugs. They are small and sometimes hard to see, not much bigger than an apple seed in some life stages, but our highly trained bed bug experts can find them.
Where will I find bed bugs?
- Bed frames and headboard crevices
- Mattress seams
- Between floorboards
- In cracked or broken plaster, behind peeling wallpaper
- Drawers and cupboards
- Bedside cabinets
Bed bug prevention
Bed bug prevention can seem tricky. The mobile nature of bed bugs limits their prevention. Avoidance is especially challenging in hotels, motels and apartments because occupants and their belongings are constantly changing, which affords many opportunities for the bugs to be introduced.
Everyone should be wary of acquiring second-hand beds, bedding, and furniture. At a minimum, such items should be examined closely before being brought into the home.
When traveling, it’s prudent to examine the bed and headboard area for signs of the bugs, and elevate luggage off the floor. If your room does have a problem, notify hotel management immediately and move to another room. Make sure the new room is not immediately adjacent to (including above or below) the infested room that you are departing.
What are bed bugs?
The history of bed bugs
Bed bugs (cimex lectularius) have been recognized as pests since the 17th century, and were introduced to the New World by early colonists. Bed bugs were quite common in the U.S. prior to World War II, but declined in incidence after the mid 20th century, primarily due to the widespread use of synthetic insecticides such as DDT. Improvements in sanitation and personal hygiene, along with more vigilant regulations and consumer knowledge about the use of second-hand furniture are also likely contributors to bed bugs becoming known to most of us only through a children’s nursery rhyme. Plus, methods of bed bug pest control improved over time, making them more effective and efficient.
Although never totally eliminated, bed bug populations dwindled enough for most of us to ignore them. That has changed. Bed bugs have undergone a dramatic resurgence worldwide, and in the past decade, bed bugs have begun making a comeback across the United States; in many areas becoming a major nuisance pest.
International travel and commerce are factors in the recent spread of these insect hitchhikers, which can be readily transported in luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. There are some experts that believe the small population that remained in the U.S. after the 1950’s were ‘super bugs’, resistant to the chemicals available to treat them.
Bed bugs can be found anywhere, and not just in your bed. They are still most frequently found in dwellings with a high rate of occupant turnover, such as hotels, motels, hostels, dormitories and apartment complexes; but can be found in private homes, movie theaters, high-end stores and on public transportation. Such infestations usually are not a reflection of poor hygiene or bad housekeeping. However, once established, bed bugs are persistent and getting rid of them also requires persistence.
Bed bug pest control is important because bed bugs are parasites that preferentially feed on humans. Bed bugs do not fly or hop, but are fast-moving insects that are nocturnal blood-feeders, gorging themselves while their host is asleep. The bite itself is painless. The salivary fluid injected by bed bugs typically causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals differ in their sensitivity.
Older people often do not have a significant reaction to the bites, and can often live with infestations that go unnoticed until a caregiver or relative is bitten. Those who are highly allergic can experience severe reactions. The bite is usually accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days.
The amount of blood loss due to bed bug feeding typically does not adversely affect the host. No scientific evidence links bed bugs to the spread of any disease.
Bed bug habits
Bed bugs hide during the day in dark, protected sites. Despite their name, the attractant is not the bed itself, but the warm-blooded person that lays in it quietly for hours at a time – so they can be anywhere a host is nearby.
Bed bugs usually inhabit seams, tufts, and folds of mattresses, later spreading to crevices in the bedstead. In heavier infestations, they may occupy hiding places farther from the bed, hiding in window and door frames, electrical boxes, floor cracks, baseboards, furniture, and under the tack board of wall-to-wall carpeting. Bed bugs will crawl upward to hide in pictures, wall hangings, drapery pleats, loosened wallpaper, cracks in plaster, and ceiling moldings.
They can rapidly spread through a multiple residence building, hotel or other accommodations, as about 3% of the infestation is usually found moving away from the host!
Bed bug bites
One of the first signs of a bed bug infestation is waking up with bed bug bites on your arms, legs, torso and other parts of the body. Bed bugs require a blood meal at regular intervals and when they bite, they inject some chemicals to ensure the blood flows. This includes an anticoagulant and an anesthetic so you don’t feel the bites and the blood does not clot too quickly.
Bed bug bites are sometimes referred to as bed bug rash. This is because they may appear as raised bumps, similar to mosquito bites, or as red marks or rash-like bites across the skin.
The good news is that bed bug bites are not known to be a health concern as far as disease transmission. However, at Lady Killers Pest Control our bed bug exterminator experts understand it can be mentally taxing to find yourself being bitten by insects at night.
Is there any potential harm of having bed bugs?
The harm of bed bugs is customers can be bitten. Bed bugs move around easily and if not treated in a professional way quickly, can quickly reach an epidemic level.
How to find bed bugs
Being small insects that are nocturnal, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find without a trained eye. Lady Killers Pest Control pest specialists undergo ongoing training throughout their careers on how to find bed bugs during inspections.
While it is not an easy task to identify bed bugs with the naked eye due to their small size, there are some common sense steps you can take to find bed bugs.
- Fully inspect the bed: Carefully inspect your bed for bed bugs by examining the mattress, the bed frame and the bedding, which includes pillows, sheets, duvets, etc.
- Check areas around the bed: It is also important to check the surrounding areas and furniture around the bed, including bedside cabinets, wardrobes, dressers, pictures, foot stools, etc.
- Be sure to check luggage: Bed bugs are most commonly transported into new places via luggage, so it is worth closely examining the webbing and seams on the exterior of your bags, the joints of luggage stands.
If bed bugs are discovered on your luggage, it is important to cover them in a plastic bag until they can be properly laundered.
Lady Killers Pest Control bed bug control specialists use an integrated pest management approach that looks at the entire situation and goes beyond just elimination and removal of the pest. We offer thorough bed bug inspections and treatments to solve your problem, and we also work with you on prevention. Providing advice and solutions to make sure bed bugs don’t come back and bother you again.
What bed bug treatment is best?
Bed bug exterminator cost
The costs of bed bug extermination can vary depending on the circumstances, but the sooner you begin treatment, the better. Bed bug infestations grow quickly and are much easier to treat earlier on. A unique treatment plan built around your needs and property specifications will determine the best course of action and costs moving forward.
With Lady Killers Pest Control, you can say goodbye to bed bugs for good. Contact us today for a free quote.