Bed bugs are one of the worst pests Connecticut residents can encounter in their homes. They most commonly hide in mattresses and box springs, but can also be found in couches, carpets and baseboards. This gives them easy access to their sleeping hosts – you and your family.
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny, reddish brown bugs about &frac18″ long. Their oval-shaped bodies are very flat, with a clearly visible head. Nymphs (immature stages) are translucent until their first blood meal, and are reddish after that.
Most people don’t feel it when bed bugs bite them during the night (usually between 2–3 AM) – but there’s nothing more unsettling than waking up to red, itchy bites all over your arms, legs, and body. The bites will be unbearable, so you’ll quickly come to suspect bed bugs as the culprit. At this point, be on the lookout for other telltale signs of bed bugs, including:
- Live bed bugs: These insects are tiny, but still visible to the naked eye. Look for them on the bed frame, the box spring, and the headboard. If you find a live bed bug, save it so that it can be identified.
- Blood stains on your sheets
- Bed bug fecal matter, which will look like spot of black pepper and can often be found in the mattress tufts.
How Did Bed Bugs Get in My Home?
Aside from coming in with visitors and service people, bed bugs can hitch a ride home with you from public places and public transportation. We strongly recommend that you be bed bug-aware while you’re out and about – for example, don’t pick up used furniture, don’t stay with anyone who has had bed bugs, and store your suitcase on the hotel’s luggage rack rather than on the floor.
Should I Use a Bed Bug Mattress Cover?
Bed bug mattress covers are sometimes effective, provided you have the right size cover for your mattress and have a cover for your box spring, too. Bed bugs are resourceful, though, and can get through even the tiniest hole in your mattress cover. Therefore, a mattress cover will usually not prevent a bed bug infestation.
FAQs: Bed Bug Extermination from Envirocare Pest Control
When is it time to call a bed bug exterminator?
Your best bet in preventing an infestation of bed bugs is to take swift action as soon as possible. Call Envirocare Pest Control as soon as you suspect that you may have bed bugs, or when you find bed bugs in your home. We don’t recommend that you try to treat this problem yourself.
What happens during bed bug treatment?
For suspected cases of bed bugs, we begin with a full inspection of the home or unit(s) before providing you with a price quote. Many times, bed bug issues can be invisible to the naked eye. In these cases, an inspection by our technician will not be enough, and a canine inspection by a certified bed bug dog may be required.
The solution we suggest – and the cost – will vary depending on severity of the infestation, size of the home, and other factors. To completely kill all bed bugs, some or all of the following methods may be needed:
- Our technicians can help you prep with our limited approach preparation service. (Please call the office for further details.)
- Residual insecticides can be applied in cracks and crevices around bedding, furniture, moldings, baseboards, and anywhere else that bed bugs hide.
- Steam may be applied to hard-to-reach areas like in couches and chairs.
- Naturally occurring dusts may be used in wall cavities to kill and prevent movement of your bed bug problem.
Can my family and pets remain at home during bed bug treatment?How long will it take for bed bug treatment to work?
The life cycle of bed bugs can be hard to control, and so the length of treatment time varies. In general, you should expect an initial service with at least 1-3 followup services every two weeks or until the problem is gone.
Bed bug control can be difficult, but Envirocare Pest Control’s methods have been proven to work. Our bed bug-certified technicians have the experience and knowledge to solve your bed bug problem quickly and efficiently, so call 888.879.6481 or contact us online to schedule a free inspection.