If there’s one pest that can cause sleepless nights, it’s the bed bug! True to their name, they will gladly hang out in your bedding and feed on your body while you sleep. Unfortunately, humans are their favorite source for a meal, so they’re glad to settle into our homes. On top of that, bed bugs reproduce very quickly. If you think you have an invasion it’s important to take action right away!
There was a time when bed bugs were almost completely eradicated in the United States, but they’ve made a strong comeback and are now in every single state. You can pick them up easily in any public location; bus stations, movie theaters, friends' homes, hotels, cabs, and other public transportation. It’s a common misconception that bed bugs are only in dirty places. Since they only need an available supply of human blood on which to feed, and not trash or decaying matter, they can thrive in clean places just as easily. Luckily, bed bugs aren’t known to spread diseases. Their bite will cause an itchy, red welt and these welts do have the potential to become infected. If this is the case, seek medical attention.
Since bed bugs are becoming more common, it’s helpful to know the signs of an infestation. Catching them when they first invade can be better than trying to rid your home of an infestation once they’ve multiplied and traveled to different areas of the home.
Here are a few signs that your home may have fallen victim to a bed bug infestation:
- Adult bed bugs are the size of apple seeds and you may find them crawling in bedding, furniture, and other places in the house.
- You may also see nymphs or tiny, white eggs.
- Watch out for spots of blood on your bedding or on your pillows.
- Their feces—small, brown droppings—may be observed as well.
- You might find the cast skins of growing bed bugs around the house.
- You could also wake up with small clusters of itchy bumps on your body.
Maybe reading these signs has created some fear that you have an infestation. Perhaps you fear an invasion in your business. Now what? Vacuuming the rug daily and washing the bedding frequently might help put a dent in the infestation. However, bed bugs have proven to be extremely sneaky and persistent, making them difficult to eradicate on your own. DIY methods of controlling bed bugs can be frustrating and never-ending. That’s why when it comes to bed bugs, it is best to call a professional pest control provider. Here at Parkway Pest Services, we understand how important it is to take care of your pest problem as soon as possible. We offer emergency and same day service. In most cases, we can visit your home as early as the day after your call.
When it comes to bed bugs, Parkway has your back. Our services have been taking care of the homeowners and commercial facilities of Brooklyn and the New York metro since 1932. No matter how severe the infestation is, you can count on us. Here at Parkway, we have multiple methods for identifying and exterminating bed bug infestations.
These options include:
- Recommending mattress and box spring encasements
- Conventional treatments
- Steam treatments
- Year-round control and monitoring programs
One of the most difficult aspects of a bed bug infestation is locating all the places these bed bugs are dwelling. That’s why at Parkway, we also have the option of using canines. These dogs are trained similarly to drug-sniffing dogs and are 99% accurate in detecting adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs! The use of canines allows a quicker, more effective treatment. These highly trained dogs are able to search an entire room within 5 minutes.
Contact Parkway Pest Services to learn more about our pest control options.