BED BUG ALERT!

BED BUGS HAVE MADE A BIG TIME COMEBACK!

The incidence of bed bugs in the United States is increasing dramatically.  Pest control companies have reported 50 times more bed bug calls than usual in the past few years. These bugs are increasingly showing up in homes, apartments, hotels, dormitories and vehicles throughout the country. They hitch rides in luggage, boxes, shoes, backpacks, purses and other mobile objects. Infestations are not tied to unsanitary living areas. World-class hotels have reported bed bug problems. Since bed bugs only come out at night, you may have no idea they are present. Also, some people have no reaction to their bite.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A BED BUG?

Bed bugs are flat, wingless and oval-shaped, but young bed bugs can almost be too small for the naked eye to spot. They are mahogany when unfed but change to rust brown/red when full of blood, have six legs, some short golden body hair and two antennae.

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photo by H.Harlan photo by H.Harlan

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT BED BUGS ARE PRESENT?

 

Typically, the first sign of a bed bug infestation is the appearance of small brownish or reddish dots on bed linens and mattresses. These are bed bug fecal/blood spots.  Eggs and molt skins may also be visible.  Bed bug bites often result in reddish, itchy welts.  Bed bugs feed on any bare skin exposed while sleeping.

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photo by US Navy photo by Thwart photo by Thwart

WHERE DO BED BUGS HIDE?

Bed bugs are able to crawl into very small crevices in and around human environments. Their hiding places include bed frames, mattresses, box springs, linens, upholstery, furniture crevices, wood trim, electrical boxes and outlets, floors and behind wallpaper and picture frames.

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photo by P.Stravino photo by L.Sorkin

HOW DO I GET RID OF BED BUGS?

 

Bed bugs are extremely difficult to eliminate.  Do-it-yourself measures simply do not work.  It is best to call Dodson Pest Control for an inspection of your home or business. Dodson Pest Control will locate the bed bugs, apply the proper treatment to infested areas and provide the necessary follow-up. We will also offer steps on how to prevent future infestations.  Contact the Dodson Pest Control office near you today!

 

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