No homeowner wants to consider the possibility that they may have bed bugs in their home. This is something that most people do not like to discuss in public. This is a very common pest problem and nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, bed bug populations in Canada are rising. Proper inspection and treatment is crucial in keeping these pests under control. If you suspect bed bugs in your home, you should contact a pest control professional today to have a thorough inspection and bed bug extermination of your property.
What Causes Bed Bugs Infestations?
No one is really sure of the ultimate cause of bed bug infestations, but the incidence of international travel seems to have their numbers on the increase. The pests can hide in clothing and bedding materials and be transported by travel to airports, hospitals, schools, camps, and they can also find their way into your home.
How Can I Recognize Bed Bugs When I See Them?
A bed bug may be hard to recognize and if you are not looking very closely, you may miss them. The pests are less than ¼ inch in length and do not have wings. If you can see well enough to find them, perhaps with a magnifying glass, you can see that they are red and oval shaped insects. Bed bugs are hard to exterminate as they can survive up to one year on just one feeding of blood from a warm-blooded mammal.
Lifecycle of the Bed Bug
Bed bugs are constantly laying eggs, up to 12 per day. The eggs are sticky and easily adhere to surfaces. As soon as the little bugs hatch, in around 10 days, they start feeding and molting. A nymph must have a blood meal before molting. The average lifespan of a bed bug is 1 to 1 ½ years. That is three generations per year. So, if you get a bed bug infestation in your home, you are going to have a steady supply of these unwelcome pests!
A bed bug loves to live as close to you as possible. As revolting as that may sound, it is true. Worse than this, they feed on you at night while you are at rest. You will not see them during the days as they are hiding patiently in dark and protected areas. Any fabric, wood, or paper surfaces within your home can potentially becomes infested with bed bugs. If this is unacceptable to you, you need to contact a pest control specialist today for a thorough inspection and treatment options.
Dangers of Bed Bugs
While a bed bug bite is relatively painless, the bed bug injects their saliva into the wound on the skin which can cause skin inflammation and irritation. A bed bug will bite during a person’s most vulnerable time—while you are asleep! Because of this, it is difficult to stop them or to even notice their presence. Perhaps one of the most troubling aspects of knowing you have bed bugs is the inability to sleep after you have this knowledge. Some people report experiencing insomnia and bouts with anxiety.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Des Moines
If you discover you have bed bugs in your home, you shouldn’t panic. There are safe and effective means of exterminating bed bugs from your home. Do not try to use pesticides without the proper supervision of a trained pest control specialist. It could be dangerous and there are also certain restrictions about pesticide use from landlords and building managers.
It is not a good idea to place any infested furniture on the curb or roadside. This may spread the infestation to others in the community.
Contact us to learn more about our pest control solutions and how we can treat your home with a bed bug extermination solution to get rid of your pests for good.