Bed Bug Information for NJ & NY
One of the world's most successful hitchhikers is the tiny bed bug, which measures between ¼-inch and 5/8-inch long. A mature bed bug is about the size and color of an apple seed. Because they are small, it is easy for bed bugs to insert themselves in nooks and crannies of furniture, clothing, paper bags, boxes, and luggage. Bed bugs live in mattresses, bedding, upholstery, behind wallpaper, in electrical outlets and behind baseboards. You can see why they are easily transported from place to place.
Bed bugs feed on blood. At night when you are asleep, they come from the depths of your mattress to feed. A female may lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime and can live more than 300 days. They can survive an entire year without food under the right conditions. Although annoying, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease. However, scratching bites can cause infection. Some people may be allergic to bed bug bites.
Signs of Bed Bugs
Many insects bite humans and can cause a welt or itching. Some, such as mosquitoes and ticks, transmit diseases. If you think you have bed bugs, it is important to get a positive identification. Treatment may differ if another pest is the culprit of your discomfort.
Some people do not react at all to bed bugs. In others, bed bug bites may cause a red welt or small blister. You may also experience an irritating itch. People bitten multiple times in a small area may develop what looks like a rash. Straight lines or zigzags of several bites usually indicate bed bugs.
The best way to verify that you have a bed bug infestation is to look for the insects. Tell-tale signs include:
- Rust-colored stains on bedding that may be crushed insects
- Small, dark spots on fabric that could be fecal material
- The insects themselves
- Small, yellowish eggs or egg casings
A professional pest control service knows how to look for and identify bed bugs. At K9 Bug Detectors, we have an extra advantage. We use dogs that are trained to identify the scent of bed bugs and pinpoint their location on your premises. After treatment, these bed bug-detecting canines can verify that your home is free of these pests and their eggs.
Bed Bug Treatment
The best way to make sure that bed bugs are completely eradicated from your home or business is to call a certified pest control service. The technicians will conduct a thorough examination of the premises to locate all the places these pests may be living.
At K9 Bug Detectors, we use integrated pest management techniques to identify the breeding grounds of pests, destroy the pests and their eggs and prevent re-infestation. We minimize the use of chemical treatments.
To eradicate bed bugs, we advise:
- Remove clutter
- Vacuum all carpets, upholstery and window coverings
- Vacuum mattresses and box springs thoroughly
- Launder bedding in the hottest water possible
- Launder or dry clean curtains and window coverings
- Empty vacuum bags after each use into a bag that can be sealed. Throw contents into an outside trash bin.
- Launder or discard pet bedding
- Check stuffed animals and pillows for signs of bed bugs. Launder or discard.
How Do You Know If Your Pet Has Bed Bug Symptoms
Bites on animals will look much like bites on people. You can comb through your animals fur to find any signs of a bed bug presence. It’s a good idea to look on their skin and determine if there are any clusters of bites, much like a humans. These creatures won’t stay on your pet long, they will return to their breeding place and will need to be exterminated as soon as possible.
Our dogs are truly our best friends. They are trained to pinpoint your problem. We take it from there. We consult with you to determine the best methods to eradicate bed bugs or other pests from your premises. We work with you to make sure that your home becomes—and stays—bed bug free. After treatment, the dogs again do a scent test to make sure that no bed bugs or eggs have escaped.
We provide a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. We are licensed, insured and bonded to work in New Jersey and New York City. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We schedule around your needs. Call 1-855-537-7779 for a free consultation.