How to Tell If You Have a Bed Bug Infestation
Despite their name, bed bugs can be found nearly anywhere on a property. Mattresses and headboards are popular places, but furniture, behind baseboard, in electrical outlets, and even the head of a screw can all provide hiding spaces for a bed bug. As long as there is easy access to a person to provide a blood meal regularly, bed bugs can live anywhere.
Crafty hiding spots makes searching for live bugs a challenge. Instead, you are more likely to spot these signs of an infestation:
- Bites – Not everyone will have an itchy reaction to bed bug bites, and for others they may be mistaken for mosquitoes or rashes, so they can go unnoticed. Red bumps in a line, often in groups of three or more, are often a sign of bed bugs. Usually you’ll find the bites on your arms, neck, and face, but they can be almost anywhere.
- Blood Stains – Since they feed on blood, you might see spots of blood on your sheets, pillows, and pajamas after being bitten during the night.
- Droppings – Fecal matter from bed bugs will collect on your bedding, particularly in the crevices of sheets and beside the piping on the mattress.
- Skins and Dead Bugs – As an infestation grows, discarded skins and dead bugs will collect around your home. The debris will often gather around baseboards, beneath your bed and furniture, and in cobwebs – wherever the bed bugs are hiding.
- Musty Odor – A large and advanced infestation will give off a musty scent. This will mean the population is extensive and requires fast professional treatment.
Any of these signs, especially bites, means you should call a pest control service. Bed bugs themselves are only dangerous in the extremely rare case where a person is allergic, but these bugs breed fast and are essentially impossible to kill with any DIY, non professional treatment, so the longer you take to treat your bed bugs the worse the situation will be.
Bed Bug Treatments with Leading Technology
Both bed bugs and the techniques to treat them have been around for decades. Yet as time passes, the bed bugs have become more resistant to common chemical treatments and are more likely to live through an extermination. Unlike traditional pest control options, Nextgen relies on the latest technology, continuously investing in new methods as pest control needs change.
The most common, and one of the most affordable ways to address bed bugs is with a special type of insecticide. We do offer this service, chosen by many of those that need a bed bug treatment. But some bed bugs have shown resistance or immunity to pesticides, so a company that only offers insecticide treatments may not be providing you with the best available approach.
Our modern, scientifically proven techniques bypass the problem of chemical resistance. We also use an array of services that will eliminate the most resilient bed bugs. We use:
- Freeze Treatments – Also called Cryonite, these treatments use special equipment to treat any bed bug hiding spot with freezing CO2, killing the bugs on contact. These treatments are safe for use on and around your belongings.
- Heat Treatments – By raising a room’s ambient temperature to a sustained 130 degrees, we can bed bugs. This is our preferred method for bed bug control in hotels and hospitals where bed bugs might have spread throughout a room.
- Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs – If bed bugs are proving hard to locate during an inspection but we know they are on the property, we have used trained dogs to sniff out insects in places people can’t reach.
After determining the scale of infestation, our team will work with you to design bed bug treatment that will both work for your property and stay within your budget.
Contact Nextgen Pest Solutions to Eliminate Biting Pests
A day of go carts, mini golf, and dangling from a ropes course at Grand Prix Tampa will wear anyone out, and when you come home you’ll probably want to collapse into bed for a good night’s rest. But if you are sharing your bed with biting bed bugs, you might not be able to get the sleep you need.
With careful attention to every bed bug in your home and the innovative technology needed to remove them, Nextgen Pest Solutions will have pests exterminated quickly. That way you know you can spend the day out and about and return home for a decent rest when you need it. Set up an appointment by calling us today.