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Bed bug identification

Bed bugs enter your home unnoticed through luggage, used beds and other items. Their flat bodies make it possible for them to fit into small spaces. Bed bugs do not have nests, but they tend to live in groups in couches, mattresses and headboards. In terms of household pests, bed bugs could easily be one of the most difficult pests to get rid of. A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. Bed bug control can be difficult to treat once they have spread and an infestation can quickly reach an epidemic level if not treated in a professionally. It takes anything between 10-12 weeks before your infestation reaches a level at which your guests will notice. Bed bugs are generally small with a flat body. This allows them to hide in plain sight when they are not looking for food. The most familiar places they hide in are the seams of the mattress, headboards, bedding, furniture, and carpets.

One fertile female is all your home needs for it to get infested. A healthy female bed bug can reproduce up to 500 eggs during her lifetime and up to 5 eggs a day. Bed bug infestation is extremely high, and should you notice an infestation, leave the area and contact a professional Pest Control agent to remove them permanently. Don’t try to treat the bed bug problem on your own, as pesticides purchased in stores can only make the problem worse than it already is. Bed bugs will now sense the chemicals and will run away, causing them to spread to other areas of your house, making the problem worse.

Did You Know: Bed bugs can go without feeding for up to a year? A bug can feed up to 8 minutes on a human and simply crawl away without you even noticing.

How to get rid of them?

  • Keep your mattress covered up to a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead
  • Tumble dry your entire wardrobe
  • Remove all dirt and junk around the bed area
  • Kill them with heat such as steam
  • Regularly wash and tumble-dry your bedding and clothes as the heat will kill them
  • Simply contact Eco-Smart Pest Control

Don’t wait for an infestation to happen before acting and protecting your family.

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