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Everything You Need To Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs – Cimex lectularius – are insects that feed off of warm-blooded animals. They are extremely small and can be very difficult to detect and identify. While bed bugs have been known to live for up to 18 months, the average lifespan of a bed bug is around 9 months.

Because they can go for months without a blood meal and are resistant to many insecticides, treatment is very difficult and time consuming.

The most common comparison would be to a tick in general appearance and size upon reaching adulthood. Still, they are much smaller in early life cycles and can be very difficult to locate. A female can lay up to 5 eggs per day and may relocate to areas far removed from the mattress to lay those eggs again, making detection and control difficult. Because they can go for months without a blood meal and are resistant to many insecticides, treatment is very difficult and time consuming

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What Are The Signs Of Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs will leave 4 types of primary signs:

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Most common are blood smears on a mattress or sheets where feeding has occurred.

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Next are stains or smears from excrement. Since they feed on blood, their excrement is rust-colored and can be very difficult to remove from sheets and bedding.

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Third, on the list would be shed or cast skins left behind by bed bugs as they molt or complete another life cycle. These cast skins may be found anywhere bed bugs feed or travel.

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Finally would be bed bugs themselves. Since most bed bugs will be found within a 5-foot radius of the bed, at some point, an infestation builds to where there are bed bugs there to be found even during broad daylight.

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Location Of Infestations

The difficult thing about bed bug control is they will use any crack or crevice as a harborage during the day while there is no host around. This means bed bugs could be found anywhere within 100 feet of a bed or host site.

Some places would be wall voids, cracks in drawers or dressers, the dressers themselves, adjacent furniture such as chairs or couches, behind baseboards, or any place that offers shelter until the host comes back.

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Bed Bug Treatment You Can Trust

Bed bugs can be a nightmare to deal with on your own.

That's why you need to hire a bed bug removal service. Jamison Pest and Lawn friendly technicians are trained to handle all types of bed bug infestations — no matter how big or small — for you and your family's peace of mind. You won't have to worry about these nasty pests anymore with our professional bed bug treatment!

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Tips For Bed Bugs When travelling

A flashlight is a must. While it doesn't have to be able to light up an entire room, many small models are available that are plenty bright and easily carried.

Inspect bed, mattress and frame by taking apart bedding and looking at seams along the edge of the mattress. Additionally, look along the headboard and baseboard adjacent to the bed. Although bed bugs can travel, most of the infestation will be close to the bed, so searching there first makes the most sense.

Perform inspection upon entering the room and before you unpack your suitcase or any belongings. A good idea is to place your belongings in the bathtub or shower while searching the room.

Should you find bed bugs immediately, report this to the facility's management where you are staying. They will be GLAD to provide you with another room!

Should your suitcase or clothing become infested, seal them in plastic trash bags as soon as you can place the infested items in a clothes dryer and set it on the highest setting possible for at least 60 minutes.