Bed Bug Control: How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs (Cimicidae: Insecta)

Bed Bugs (or common bed bug) is a wingless, flattened insect about 3/16 inch long and 1/8 inch wide. The slender pointed mouth parts are adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. The bite of the bed bug results in a lump or swelling that only rarely produces redness. Infestations of bed bugs are usually accompanied by a disagreeable, "buggy" odor. Bed bugs avoid light and so are seldom seen except at night when they are in search of a blood meal.

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General Facts/Information of Bed Bugs

The first indication of an infestation is the development of itching bites on the body in the morning and small dark brown stains (bed bug excrement, which is digested blood) on bed sheets. Small oval eggs are laid by adults in their usual hiding places, where they hatch in about a week in warm weather. Young bed bugs are small versions of the larger adult bed bugs and have similar feeding habits. They are blood-sucking pests from the moment they hatch, but may survive starvation for several months.

Bed bug infestations are usually acquired by bringing into the home luggage, clothing, furniture, etc., that has been in an infested home or public building. They may occasionally be brought into the home in clothing worn by persons visiting infested public buildings or vehicles. It is speculated that increases in international travel have added to this problem.

Pest Control of Bed Bugs

Control. A Pest Fighter (or pest control operator) will lightly spray registered material at recommended dosages over the frame, wood slats, and springs of beds and over both sides and edges of mattresses. Use a coarse droplet spray directly on the objects treated.

Pest Fighter will spray hiding places such as cracks in floors and walls, behind baseboards and pictures, and overstuffed furniture. Serious infestations may require fumigation and a pest control operator single-handedly picking every bed bug by hand after fumigating the infested home and/or property.

Pest Fighter pest control company is a professional, licensed and insured pest control operator (PCO) located in the Greater Seattle area, serving King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County. Pest Fighter not only prevents pest problems, but we offer an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution for both treating pest problems and monitoring for the presence of pests and pest damage. For help in controlling bed bugs in your area of Washington, contact your local Pest Fighter or pest control operator (or PCO).