How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs
Waiting until you see a bed bug is not an efficient method of identifying an infestation. By the time you see one bed bug, there could be hundreds of others around your home, hiding in your bed, furniture, and carpet. Even bites are not always an effective method of identifying them, as they are often confused with mosquito and flea bites.
This makes it necessary to understand the other typical signs of bed bugs to help you notice an infestation. These include:
- Droppings – Bed bug feces will look like a black spot or streak on your bedding, mattress, or furniture. Along walls and floors, they can resemble small black pellets. If you wipe bed bug droppings with a wet cloth, they will smudge and you might notice red coloring on the cloth.
- Blood Spots – Squashing a bed bug after a blood meal will cause the bug to leave a spot of blood. The squashing is often accidental, leaving the stain for you to notice afterwards.
- Dead Bugs – Although live bugs might be hidden, dead bugs will be more easily visible underneath beds and furniture and in bedding.
- Discarded Skins – As the bed bugs molt, their old skins will start to collect, often piling up around baseboards and in cobwebs.
- Musty Odor – For infestations that have become very advanced, the scent bed bugs emit will begin to become an obvious odor in a home. It will be an unpleasant smell like that of moldering fabric.
Despite these signs, it can still be a challenge to identify a bed bug infestation. We can perform a professional inspection to confirm the signs, but also to locate the specific areas bed bugs are hiding so that we can treat them.
Our Innovative Approach to Bed Bug Removal
Once we’ve determined you have bed bugs, we recommend the solutions to treat them. We use advanced tools help us check small cracks in floors and walls. A trained bed bug sniffing dog could be used to find bugs that are not in an area that’s easily visible or accessible by humans. We search throughout the house, examining all the places bed bugs may hide.
From there, we can devise a treatment plan. There are several options, from affordable insecticides to more innovative technological methods. Our technicians will recommend the method that is both effective and fits within your budget.
Cryonite, or freeze treatment, is the newest method for residential pest control, and one of our preferred solutions. It is named for the company that created it and uses a special nozzle and carbon dioxide gas chilled to a temperature of negative 140 degrees. The technician will use the nozzle to direct CO2 at the bed bugs’ hiding spots where the cold will kill them immediately.
The main benefit of this treatment is that bed bugs cannot become resistant to it. Decades of traditional chemical treatments allowed these pests to survive treatments with those same chemicals now. Cryonite bypasses this problem so that we can exterminate any infestation. It can also be used in places that insecticides cannot, such as inside of a desktop computer.
Similar to freeze treatments, a heat treatment uses extreme high temperatures, more than what bed bugs can live in, for an extended period of time. Fans generate the necessary heat in an entire room, killing bed bugs no matter where they are in the room.
Because of its comprehensive approach rather than the more localized method of cryonite, a heat treatment is most often used in commercial properties, such as hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes where bed bugs need to be eliminated fast and completely localized into a small space.
Contact Us to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast
Every property is at risk for bed bugs. You can pick them up at a friend’s house, at a movie theater, or even at your office. Once inside your home, they become essentially a nightmare, more terrifying than a real life escape room. They can make it difficult to sleep and even more difficult to feel comfortable in your home.
With Nextgen Pest Solutions, our goal is to give you your home back. From our state of the art solutions to our upper tier service, it’s our role to make sure that your home is free of all pests, including bed bugs, as fast as possible. Contact us today for next day or same day service, or to get a free cost quote.