Many pest control companies have reported a drastic increase in bed bug calls in the last few years, and Dodson Pest Control is no exception. Due to the ease of travel, bed bugs have become a more prevalent problem now than ever before. Bed bugs are considered the hardest pest to eliminate and are difficult to spot.
Identifying the Problem
Bed bugs are flat, wingless, and oval-shaped. The adults are mahogany in color when unfed but change to a rust brown/red color when filled with blood, and resemble an apple seed. Bed bugs have six legs, some short golden body hair, and two antennae.
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 spots. Eggs and molt skins may also be visible. Bed bugs feed on any exposed bare skin, and their bites often result in reddish, itchy welts. However, there are many people who do not react at all to their bites.
What Causes Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs hitch rides in luggage, boxes, shoes, backpacks, purses, and other mobile objects. Once they find a way into your home, their hiding places include bed frames, mattresses, box springs, furniture crevices, electrical outlets, the areas behind wallpaper and picture frames, amongst other locations that gives them access to their hosts.
BED BUG TREATMENT
Do-It-Yourself methods do not work, since bed bugs are resistant to many of these products. Additionally, the proper use of bed bug products requires training and careful monitoring to ensure effectiveness. The quality of product available on the consumer market is not the same as the products available to pest control professionals.
If you suspect you have bed bugs, our team will locate them, apply the proper treatment to infested areas, and provide the necessary follow-up to eradicate your issue. We will also offer precautions on how to prevent future infestations.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INVADERS
Many people believe that bed bugs are attracted to dirty, unsanitary conditions. This is not true. Bed bugs are found everyone from five star hotels and million dollar homes to apartment buildings to public transportation and even hospitals and office buildings. Bed bugs are not something to be ashamed of. While they are a nuisance, they can be eliminated with the right treatment.
Bed Bug Scent Detection Program
Canines are significantly more effective at finding bed bugs than people. Our teams of trained detection canines help track down bed bugs in residences and businesses. Specially trained to locate bed bugs by scent, they can detect bed bugs in places human eyes may not be able to see very well.
BED BUG RESOURCES
The Dodson Pest Control site has a wealth of information on bed bugs. Here are some resources to get you started:
If you think you have a bed bug problem, we can help. Our team is fully trained on how to identify and treat a bed bug infestation. When you call us, we will inspect your property before giving you a quote for a customized plan that will resolve your bed bug issue.