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Win The Battle Against Bed Bugs: What Long Island Homeowners Need To Know

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Bed bugs have been bothering people all over the world for centuries. These tiny bugs can invade your home and stay out of sight for a long time, allowing them to procreate and multiply without your knowledge. If you want to avoid a bed bug infestation in your home, you should call a professional Long Island pest control specialist at the first sign of bed bugs. At Parkway Pest Services, we can help you win the battle against bed bugs and keep them away for good.

Visible Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation 

Bed bugs are tiny insects with flat bodies only a few millimeters long. Because they are so small, they can hide in the creases of your furniture, under your mattress, and even in your electrical outlets to stay out of sight. Since they are so good at hiding, spotting them in your home can be difficult. However, they tend to leave several clues behind wherever they go. Some of the signs of a bed bug infestation include:

  • Strong, musty odor coming from your mattress or any other area of your home
  • Dark-red or rust-colored smear marks on various surfaces
  • Small, white bed bugs eggs that are about the same size as the tip of a pin
  • Discarded egg shells
  • Translucent bed bug skin casings

Bed bugs tend to bite multiple times in one night, and they don't travel far while eating. This results in you waking up to find several bed bug bites clustered together or in a straight line. The bites usually make small, red, and itchy bumps on your skin. 

The Longer A Bed Bug Infestation Lasts, The Worse It Gets

Many people think that if you ignore a bed bug infestation, it will eventually go away. Because bed bugs live only on human and animal blood, many homeowners will try to stay away from their homes for a week or two, hoping that the bed bugs will starve or go away and look for a meal elsewhere. But that bed bug control method is very ineffective.

Bed bugs can go for several months without eating. It has been reported that some bed bugs have gone years without taking a blood meal and still survived. Unfortunately, taking away a bed bug's food source is not the way to eliminate the infestation. However, bed bugs in Long Island do need to take a blood meal to lay eggs. But, if you already have an infestation in your home, the only way to get rid of bed bugs is to treat your home professionally. 

Don't Try To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own

Eliminating bed bugs from your home can be a monumental task if you are not equipped or trained to handle this type of infestation. Many pesticides you can purchase at your local home improvement stores are ineffective at eliminating bed bugs. 

Also, there is more to getting rid of bed bugs than just spraying a few chemicals around. A professional bed bug control specialist will know where to find the bed bugs. They will also have the tools and skills to eliminate bed bugs at every stage of life. If you only get rid of the adult bed bugs but leave the eggs intact, your infestation will come back with a vengeance once the eggs hatch. 

Don't Let The Bed Bug Bite: Contact The Pros Right Away

At Parkway Pest Control, we know how frustrating it can be to have a bed bug infestation. Our experienced technicians take the hassle out of bed bug control in Long Island. Give us a call today to see how we can make your home bed bug-free.