What Is A Bedbug?
Bedbugs are tiny round pests that are light to dark brown in color. They may be almost translucent. When you look closely at them, you can see lines that spread horizontally across their bodies. These lines are part of an exoskeleton. Bedbugs may appear slightly elongated depending on when they last ate or their life stage. Younger bedbugs may be as tiny as a grain of sand, and larger bedbugs are over 4 millimeters in length. Bedbug eggs are clear and look like tiny grains of rice. They may be found in nearly any undisturbed place.
Bedbugs may be seen crawling on mattresses or furniture. You may not actually see them unless you look carefully. They are fast and elusive. Most bedbugs wait until you are asleep to bite. The air that you exhale when you sleep and your body warmth are what attract them. These pests feed on blood and cause itchy red bumps. Their bites are often distinguishable by a straight row of bumps. Some people who are allergic to bedbugs can develop hives.
Why Are Bedbugs So Hard To Remove?
Several combined factors contribute to the resiliency of these pests. The following individual factors are what make these pests difficult to control:
- Bedbugs have a strong exoskeleton that makes them hard to smash.
- Bedbugs lay large numbers of eggs.
- Bedbugs can live over a month without feeding on blood.
- Bedbugs are spread easily in schools, workplaces, gyms and nearly any other place.
- Bedbugs have multiple life stages.
- Bedbugs have paper-thin flat bodies that give them the ability to hide in the tiniest crevices and avoid most sprays.
When you consider these factors, it is easy to see why DIY removal methods are ineffective. Clothing and other textiles may need to be sealed for more than a month to kill hiding bedbugs. Mixtures of chemical cocktails are dangerous to you and your family members, and spraying places such as furniture and mattresses puts your skin in contact with irritating chemicals. Some DIY blogs suggest vinegar or other harmless substances. However, these are ineffective.
Professional Bedbug Removal
It is important to remove an infestation as soon as you find it. You may see reddish dirt on your mattress or furniture, which is bedbug excrement. There may be shed exoskeletons, blood smudges on your sheets or a musky odor in the air if you have a bedbug problem. Premium Termite & Pest Control can inspect your home if you see a bedbug or suspect an infestation but have not found one. When bedbug infestations are treated before they get too large, they are easier to remove permanently.
We also offer pest control services for other types of pests. Our company has a reputation for quality service, and our prices are affordable. Ask about our preventative plans if you want to keep pests out of your home before they have a chance to become nuisances. Contact us today for a free estimate.