Bed Bug Fact Sheet; Signs of Bed Bugs, Pest Infestations & Treatment Removal Options in Denville Township NJ

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood and have been pests for a long time. They are stubborn and resourceful little critters and highly skilled hitchhikers. Bed bugs are good at hiding because they have slim, flat bodies and can fit into the smallest of spaces. They cause itchy bites and are just irritating in general. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) both consider bed bugs a public health pest. However, bed bugs are not known to spread disease as of yet like most other pests.

Bed Bug Fact Sheet

Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, and oval shaped measuring about 1/5 of an inch. They resemble an apple seed and are more reddish and swollen in appearance after a blood meal. Their appearance changes during its lifespan. They can lay dormant for several months without needing to feed on humans. Bed bugs only feed on blood. Under cool conditions bed bugs have been able to survive up to a year without a meal. They are more active at night when the host is asleep. A feeding female bug can lay up to 10 eggs per day which means the average female bed bug will lay up to 600-700 eggs before dying. Bed bug infestations can get out of control very quickly!

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

There have been recent increases in bed bugs in the United States due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance to pesticides and ineffective pest control practices. Hotels, gyms, libraries, movie theaters, jails, fire stations and even hospitals have all experienced bed bug infestations. They are primarily transported by humans and personal belongings. They are found in crevices and cracks, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Once they find their way indoors it is difficult to control them without the help of an experienced pest control specialist. Signs you may have an infestation would be if you actually see the bed bugs or case skins which is the result of them shedding, the appearance of rusty-colored spots due to their blood colored fecal matter, bites on your body or tiny cream colored eggs. Sometimes there can be a sweet musty odor associated with having bed bugs.

Treatment of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can cause anxiety, depression and loss of sleep for those who face an infestation and the social and financial hardships that can come with it. Sores from open bites can lead to infections and no building is immune. Targeting bed bugs as well as bed bug larvae prevents them from maturing and breeding. There are extreme hot and cold non-chemical treatments of infested articles in an attempt to freeze or overheat them to death but the one thing that is proven to work instantly is bed bug extermination spray that will kill them on contact within 30 seconds.

Bed Bug Pest Inspections, Prevention, Control & Removal in Bridgewater, Rockaway, Denville, Parsippany-Troy Hills & Northern New Jersey

Sometimes through no fault of your own you may develop a bed bug problem. Getting good solid information on all your options and hiring the right company will get rid of them quickly. If you think you have bed bugs call Merlin’s Pest Control today!

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