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Bed Bug Removal In Central PA, Western MD and West Virginia

Why Are Bed Bugs Prevalent in the US?

Bed bugs are making a comeback in the U.S. for several reasons. Some factors include increased international travel, increased popularity of thrift shops, yard sales, and buying used furniture. Also, the practice of using specific household pest control tactics, and crowded living conditions in certain apartment complexes and neighborhoods has added to the problem. Bed bugs have a secretive life style and can hide in any crack or crevice, going undetected for quite a while. In addition, bed bug eggs are tiny (smaller than a pinhead) and hard to detect. In a heavy infestation, they can be practically anywhere. We are licensed and experienced in the removal of bed bugs from your home or business.

What Do They Look Like?

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Adult bed bugs are brown, flat and about a 1/4 inch long, with a soft, rounded look. After a blood meal they are dark red, rounded (distended), and about 3/8 inch long.

These pests usually come out at night or in darkened areas. The pest's small white eggs hatch into almost transparent nymphs that start feeding at the first opportunity and molt five times before becoming adults. Usually, all stages of bed bugs are present in an infestation. A temperature of 70-80°F is ideal for bed bug development. Bed bugs can live up to 18 months without feeding. At least three generations per year are possible with proper temperature and food supply.

Bed bugs typically hide close to their hosts; however, they can travel up to 20 feet (sometimes more) to find one. When hiding places and hosts are few, they may be found almost anywhere– in the seams of mattresses, in bed springs, in cracks of floorboards, behind peeled wallpaper, in picture frames, in couches, stuffed chairs, clothing and even the seams of curtains; wherever a dark crack or crevice might be.
Bed bugs usually feed at night. It is not uncommon for one person to be bit in a home, while others are not experiencing any bites at all. Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we breathe out and are known to track a host’s carbon dioxide, leading them back to the same person. Women are 7 out of 10 times more likely to be bit over men. Bed bugs inject a fluid into their host to help them get their blood meal. This fluid makes some people sensitive to bites, causing irritation, itching and inflammation. Other people can live with bed bugs and not be aware of their presence. Despite their feeding habits, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases.

What Can You Do To Keep Them Out of Your Home?

1. Vacuuming and de-cluttering. Vacuuming can eliminate some bed bugs when concentrated. Make sure you throw Out the Vacuum Bag or completely clean the canister.
2. De-cluttering of objects laying on the floor and furniture eliminates potential hiding places (especially items stored under the bed).
3. If removal services are needed, we will provide a list of things you must do in the preparation of our service calls.
4. Obtain zippered Mattress and Box Spring covers from your local store to keep them from nesting in your mattress.

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