Home/Bed Bug Extermination
A bed bug infestation can happen to the best of us. More common in North Carolina than you think, these little insects, roughly the size of an apple seed, can cause pandemonium in the home because they’re notoriously difficult to deal with. Nobody wants to share their bed with bugs, so the sooner you call an exterminator, the better.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human and animal blood. They can bite people and pets, and as long as they’re left to live, they won’t leave your home. They are tiny creatures–fully-grown adults never reach lengths longer than ¼ inch, while young nymphs are only a few millimeters long. They have invaded human settlements for thousands of years and are found all over the globe.
Bed bugs generally don’t spread disease, although their bites can cause itching. With severe infestations, you might be so itchy that you can’t get a good night’s sleep. Another significant factor to consider is the mental headache having bed bugs can cause. It’s distressing to find them in your home and frustrating to try and get rid of them.
Remember, bed bugs are not choosy when it comes to the places they live, and you can get them no matter how clean your sheets are!
How To Spot a Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs go through five stages of growth before they reach adulthood, so they’ll look different depending on their age. The eggs and smaller nymphs are almost impossible to spot, so you want to look out for the adults. So, what do bed bugs look like?
• Reddish-brown color
• A flat, oval-shaped body
• After feeding, bed bugs appear redder and more swollen.
• Six legs, small antennae, and no wings.
They also leave fecal matter wherever they go, which you can spot with the naked eye. Look for black stains or streaks on mattress seams, furniture, and baseboards. They might even look like blood stains since their feces contain blood. Other signs of a bed bug infestation include:
• Insect remains around the home: eggs, skeletons, etc
• A musty, damp smell (from bed bug pheromones)
• Rows or clusters of bug bites on the skin
How Bed Bugs Get Into the Home
Bed bugs are good at hiding and can travel great distances in your luggage, on furniture, or latched onto your clothes. People often pick them up on vacation, bringing them home from hotels and airplane luggage carriers. You may want to do regular bedbug control if you travel often or regularly buy used furniture and clothing.
Once in the building, they spread out and invade many other areas—not just the bed. They can live in the walls, baseboards, and electrical outlets and might even set up camp in your car. Here are a few preventative measures to stop bed bugs entering your home:
•Wrap your suitcase in plastic during hotel stays.
•Wash all your clothes (even unworn ones) in hot water when you return from vacation.
•Get a proactive bed bug extermination service for second-hand furniture.
•Store suitcases in the basement or garage, not the bedroom.
•Vacuum and clean suitcases after use.
About the Bed Bug Pest Control Process
Thanks to their size, elusive nature, and rapid reproduction cycles, bed bugs are some of the most challenging pests to eliminate. If you suspect you have an infestation, always seek professional bed bug removal—do not try to treat the problem yourself.
Pest control technicians typically conduct bed bug extermination in five phases:
First, the exterminators will search your home to find out where the bed bugs are hiding. They may check behind loose wallpaper, inside electrical units and light fixtures, and other hard-to-reach places. Sometimes, a pest control company will place bed bug traps around the home to catch live insects and determine the extent of the infestation.
You must vacuum and declutter your home before the actual bed bug extermination process can begin. You should also strip the bed and wash and dry all your linen and clothing using heat. Once your laundry is clean, put it in sealed plastic garbage bags so no bugs can get into it again.
3. Heat treatment and steaming
Heat kills bed bugs. Bed bug exterminators often place zip-up heat chambers over affected furniture to warm up the area and destroy the bugs. They can achieve the same effect using steam. A bed bug pest control could involve steaming your mattress and box springs before placing protective plastic covers over them.
Finally, the exterminator will spray the walls and baseboards with pesticides that poison bed bugs. They may also use powdered pesticides that coat the insects’ bodies and kill them within a few days. These powders are best for inside wall cavities and other enclosed areas.
5. Repeat service
Not all pesticides will kill bed bug eggs. That means the exterminator will make return visits to reassess the problem after a few weeks and repeat the treatment. It can take time to eradicate bed bugs from the home, but be patient! If you follow the pest control technicians’ guidelines during treatment, you can prevent a re-infestation.
How Successful is Bed Bug Removal on Average?
Studies show that steam treatment kills 100% of bed bug adults, nymphs, and eggs on bare mattress surfaces. In fabric sofas, steam’s effectiveness is 90%. Bed bugs can’t fly, so the only way for them to get to you is by crawling over interior surfaces. For that reason, insecticide powders and sprays have become highly effective.
However, you must ensure you do not reintroduce bed bugs into the home after treatment if you want it to be successful. Do not bring unwashed linen, clothing, curtains, and plush toys back into the house because there may be eggs on the fabric.
Conducting Regular Bedbug Control
The success of a bed bug extermination often depends on whether you repeat the treatment. Female bed bugs lay up to five eggs daily, which take about 21 days to grow into adults. A single treatment is not usually enough to kill all the bugs at every phase of their lives.
For best results, you should re-treat your home for bed bugs every 7 – 10 days. Bed bugs can survive for months without a meal, so we recommend leaving the mattress and box spring covers on your bed for a year to be safe. Any bugs trapped under the plastic will eventually die without a food supply to support their growth.
Sleep Easy With Sage
We offer bed bug extermination throughout North Carolina, with physical offices in Greensboro and Raleigh. Click here for the complete list of areas we service. As a family-owned pest control company with over 13 years of industry experience, we understand the importance of keeping a safe and comfortable pest-free home.
When you book a bed bug removal service with us, you get:
We only use the highest quality, industry-standard tools and technologies to keep our clients’ homes pest-free. With us, you get bed bug sprays that won’t harm pets and young children playing on the ground. We also have eco-friendly pesticide options available so you can make a greener pest control choice that aligns with your environmental values.
Easy Bookings and Excellent Service
Sage makes pest control simple with same-day services you can book via call, email, or even text. We built our name on neighborhood referrals, and community is ingrained in our ethos. Our friendly team always goes above and beyond to make sure you understand our processes, always leaving room for questions and concerns.
Pest control technologies change constantly, and we want to keep up with every advancement. Sage bed bug exterminators undergo weekly training to make sure they’re always learning and growing as pest control technicians. All Sage exterminators are QualityPro and GreenPro certified, which means they meet the highest standards for safe and effective pest control.
Eradicate Bed Bugs for Good.
Whether you have been fighting a bed bug problem for months or just noticed the first insect, we can help. Get in touch with the Sage team for professional advice on bed bug prevention and treatments or book a service with us if you’re already sold.