Facts About Bed Bugs

how to get rid of bed bugsBed bugs are small insects in the family Cimicidae. Mature bed bugs are no more than 5 to 7mm long and oval in shape. Their flat appearance often confuses people into thinking they are either small cockroaches or ticks. They prefer to feed on human blood, which makes them impossible to ignore. Bed bug treatment is not easy and is best performed by a professional pest control company.
The adult bed bugs are brownish in color and their bite marks can range from small bumps to large hives, depending on the size of bed bug that bites and an individual’s allergy level. The bites resemble in looks with mosquito bites and are typically itchy.

Why Are Bed Bugs on the Comeback?

Recent news reports have detailed the bed bug infestations of major hotels and businesses. Even though the use of a bed bug exterminator was incorporated, hotels have been subject to lawsuits arising from bed bug bites suffered by guests. The reasons that bed bug reports are on the rise are twofold: lack of DDT and International travel.

The DDT Connection

DDT was used heavily as a pesticide in the 1950s and 60s as a method of preventing bed bugs. Little thought was given to side effects until horrible birth defects began showing up and a study concluded that it was too harmful to use as a pesticide. The ban of its use has been a boon for our health and the environment, but we lost an effective form of bed bug treatment.

International Travel

Bed bugs were never completely eradicated in all parts of the world. Hotels across the nation are conveniently located close to an international airport, making it easy for these pests to hitch rides in a traveler’s personal belongings.

Preventing Bed Bugs

Preventing bed bugs is certainly easier than fighting an active infestation. Look closely for the signs of bed bugs, such as feces on the sheets or mattresses. Try and keep your luggage to a minimum and store it off the floor, preferably on hangers away from the walls. Consult a professional pest control company.  At Protect All Pest Control we offer monitoring and control programs to help stop infestations before they start. We can even teach you how to inspect for these bothersome pests both at home and when traveling.

If you feel you may have brought the problem to your home in Woodstock or surrounding areas and need bed bug treatment contact the pest control professionals at Protect All Pest Control to schedule a consultation. Phone us at 770-728-8520 or use the “Contact” feature on our website.


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