Bed Bugs

Who hasn’t been heard “don’t let the bed bugs bite” when they are heading to bed. When I was young I thought it was just a joke. I never had any bugs in my bed and would wake up and not have any bites. I thought they didn’t exist. I now know they do and they are becoming more prevalent. Fifteen years ago in our area a bed bug infestation was very rare. Unfortunately they are becoming a very common problem.

Bed Bugs were once a very common nuisance. They were almost a common thing in households around the world. Between 1945 and 1955 bed bugs were almost eradicated completely due to the chemical DDT and environmental conditions of humans became less favorable for bed bugs. DDT was widely used for many problems. Once applied DDT would often last for over a year, which would prevent any infestations from reoccurring. Today the chemical DDT is no longer available but other reliable chemicals to treat bed bugs are available to the Pest Control industry.

Adult bed bugs are light brown to reddish-brown, flattened, oval-shaped and have no hind wings. Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adults grow to 4–5 millimeters long and 1.5–3 millimeters wide. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they molt and reach maturity.

How do you detect if you have bed bugs? Bed bugs are most active at night. Many people find bites on their body when awakening in the morning. Typically you will find blood stain smears on bedding, walls, curtains and other light colored surfaces. Sometimes you can find bed bugs in the tufts, seems, and folds of mattresses. They inhabit cracks and crevices of furniture, behind baseboards, windows and door casings, in furniture like couches and chairs, and even in pictures frames, loose wallpaper, and cracks in plaster.

Werner Pest & Odor Control offers a chemical treatment for bed bugs. Chemical treatment is very time consuming and thorough, but necessary to eliminate the infestation. The resident must prepare for the treatment by following an extensive checklist that includes laundering everything that can be laundered, make sure all furniture is clear of personal items so it can be treated, vacuuming all areas of the residence, and vacuuming mattresses and furniture. (Please feel free to see our Bed Bug Treatment Preparation Form here.)

Once the resident has all the prep work done they are asked to leave the premises with their pets, etc. for 6 – 8 hours. Our technicians then begin treatment. They will remove all outlet covers, light switches, cable jacks, phone jacks and treat in the wall voids. Baseboards are loosened and treated as well as window and door casings/trim. All legs and cracks and crevices of all furniture, tables, chairs, couches, end tables, bed frames, closet shelves, vanities, etc are treated. A spot treatment is done to all wall floor junctions of all rooms is done and all rooms are sprayed with an aerosol. In some cases the mattress is injected in the folds and in severe infestations the mattress is discarded.

Werner Pest & Odor Control advises prevention of bed bug infestations whenever possible. The most common ways of introducing bed bugs into a home are by bringing in used furniture (and possibly clothing and other home goods) and traveling. To prevent any infestations do not purchase used furniture without thoroughly inspecting them and/or treating the furniture prior to bringing in your home, immediately launder any clothes and dry on a high heat setting, and do not store luggage inside the house. You may find products online that will act as a deterrent to place in luggage, etc when traveling.

If you have questions about bed bugs or are concerned you may have an infestation please feel free to contact Werner Pest & Odor Control and talk to one of our technicians today.