The Truth About Bed Bugs

getting rid of bed bugsWhen most people hear “Bed Bugs”, the first thing that pops in to their mind is a dirty and seedy motel or apartment. Unfortunately, cleanliness or the lack thereof, is not a sign of potential bed bugs. Bed bugs don’t discriminate between roadside motels, luxury beachfront resorts, or even your own home.

All that a bed bug needs to thrive and grow is a dark hole like your mattress to hide in and access to humans. But don’t think you are safe just because your mattress is clear, bed bugs can be found in carpets, under wallpaper and even in small cracks and crevices in a room.

Bed bugs are now found in all 50 states, this despite being nearly eradicated at the end of World War II due to treatment with DDT. Most professional Pest Control practitioners  believe that the ban of DDT in 1972 is one of the primary reasons for the resurgence of bed bugs.

Facts about Bed bugs

  • Bed bugs can lay 1-5 eggs in a day and can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime.
  • Bed bugs can live more than a year without eating.
  • Bed bugs can ingest seven times their own weight in blood, which would be the equivalent of an average sized male drinking 120 gallons of liquid.
  • Because bed bug bites are painless, people often don’t even notice there’s a problem until the infestation is large.
  • There has been a 500% increase in bed bug infestations reported since 1999.
  •  In 2000, 59.4% of surveyed pest control professionals received no bed bug calls. In 2004, 67.1% reported receiving bed bug calls. That’s a 63.6% increase!

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation 

There are many possible signs of bed bug activity. The first would be seeing the bugs. Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed. A second sign would be case skins. As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence. After feeding, bed bugs return to their abode to hide. They eventually defecate in these areas, which appears as black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces. Bites also may indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.

If you think you may have bedbugs contact the professional pest control team servicing Woodstock, Acworth and surrounding areas at Protect All Pest Control ph. 770-728-8520 or use the online contact us form here on our website to schedule a consultation to investigate the magnitude of any bed bug infestation you may have and develop a customized treatment to rid your home or commercial facility of these dreaded pests. 


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