Besides all the other things we’ve had to deal with in 2020, the bed bug population around Atlanta has skyrocketed. We’ve been getting calls from all over from people who try to treat these pests by themselves- only to find that they don’t respond well to DIY bed bug treatments.
If you’ve seen a bed bug lately, give us a call immediately. The problem never goes away. In fact, it gets much worse. The earlier you call, the quicker we can help you before your entire home becomes infested.
How To Tell If I Have Bedbugs?
Clearly, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with when it comes to bed bugs. That’s why recognition is so important. Unfortunately, there are many bugs that can look like bed bugs, but here the general characteristics:
· They are typically the size of an apple seed or smaller
· They are usually reddish-brown with an oval shaped body
· Young bed bugs can be smaller with a translucent or whitish-yellow color
It’s important to look for both the actual bed bug as well as the eggs which are usually the size of a pinhead and pearly white.
You can often find bed bugs on the corners of your mattress. When smushed, they often leave blood trails since they feed on humans.
Things To Know About Bed Bugs
First, it’s important to know that while bed bugs are mostly nocturnal, they can move in the daytime as well. They tend to feed at night which can take anywhere from 3-12 minutes per feeding. They also are willing to travel up to 20 feet or more in order to feed. While they mainly feed on humans, they will also feed on pets as well.
Bed bugs reproduce at an alarming rate. While the egg to egg cycle can take 4-5 weeks, each female can lay 1-3 eggs per day and up to 500 eggs in her lifetime which could be a year or longer. Plus, they only need to feed once every 2 weeks to stay alive.
While bed bugs are a particular problem in the South, they are found throughout the country. The fact is that they are able to live anywhere their host can live.
Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs
Treating your home for bed bugs requires quite a bit of preparation that, if not done correctly, can increase the odds of a reoccurrence. The reality is that there are two primary ways to treat bed bugs- chemicals or heat. There are a variety of chemicals that are effective but we typically assess your particular situation in order to determine the best way to eliminate your bed bug problem. Each home is different.
If you think you have a problem with bed bugs, call us today. We’ll send someone out to inspect your home and develop a customized approach to helping you get rid of these pests. Call us for peace of mind.
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We have happy customers all throughout Gainesville GA, Oakwood Georgia, Dawsonville, and surrounding cities for Hall County and our reputation as a first-class pest control company is growing every day.
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