5 Things to Know about Bed Bugs

Bad news from the pest control world: Atlanta has moved up in the ranking of America’s top cities for bed bug infestations. The metro Atlanta region ranks 16 this year, which is up 3 spots from the 2016 list. Here’s what Acworth homeowners need to know about bed bugs.

5 Things You Need to Know about Bed Bugs

  1. bed bugsThey’re a major problem. Hotels aren’t the only places that deal with bed bug infestations. Homes, apartments, dorm rooms, office buildings, and even local transit can become infested with these pests.
  2. They like cities (but live in the country, too). Bed bugs can thrive almost anywhere, from crowded city hotels to clean, rural homes. Why do they have a reputation as city-dwellers? Bed bugs incidents are three times as common in cities because close-quarters living makes it easier for them to spread.
  3. They’re tough. Think leaving your mattress in the cold overnight is enough to kill a bed bug infestation? Think again. They can survive in temperatures from around freezing to 122 degrees. Professional pest control is the only sure way to contain a bed bug infestation.
  4. They’re sneaky. Try to catch a glimpse of them in daylight, and they’ll hide in boxsprings, picture frames, electrical switchboards, and any other crevice they can find. They’re lured out at night by the temptation of a tasty bite while you’re asleep.
  5. They’re subtle. Bed bugs have saliva with an anesthetic quality, making bites almost pain-free. You may notice red marks on exposed skin after you wake up.

Got bed bugs? Call Protect All Pest Control in Acworth.

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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