Bed bugs are becoming a significant problem in the United States and around the world.
They are easily spread and can be difficult to treat, resulting in a rapid growth in the number of outbreaks.
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The key to eradicating these problematic pests is being familiar with the signs and knowing how to get rid of them.
While there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of infestation, Ehrlich recommends a professional bed bug service if you discover them in your home.
At Ehrlich, we recognize the importance of protecting your home and family.
If you encounter a concern with bed bugs in your home and are an existing Pest Protection plan customer, please contact us as our Year Round Pest Protection Plan now covers Bed Bugs at NO ADDITIONAL FEE for the first 12 months of service.
The cost of eliminating these insects in a home is quite high. Extensive preparation, proper materials and skilled manpower all go into solving an infestation.
All of our personnel, from our office staff to our service Technicians, have been thoroughly trained to both identify and treat any bed bug problem.
We will answer any questions you may have, inspect the areas of your home where an infestation may be present and treat your home at no charge if they are found.
These pests feed on the blood of humans and other mammals.
Despite their blood-feeding nature, they have not been shown to transmit any diseases. However, the fear of infestations and bites can lead to emotional distress.
Bed bug bites do not hurt, although bites may result in an itchy welt, which causes discomfort and can lead to secondary infection of the bite wound due to scratching.
Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites, which sometimes occur.
Adult bed bugs are 5mm long. Before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker. They do not have wings, but can crawl relatively fast.
A bed bug can complete its development from an egg to and adult in as little as 1 month. A single female can potentially produce 200-500 eggs in her lifetime.
Adults can survive approximately 1 year without feeding; immature bed bugs (nymphs) can go 3-4 months without feeding.
They are nocturnal, lured from their hiding spots at night by the warmth of our bodies and carbon dioxide in our breath as we sleep.
A more established infestation is associated with dark or black staining of the mattress from their excrement. Some reports suggest that an established infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant odor.
Symptoms of their bites vary between individuals. Early on in an infestation, the victim may not yet be sensitized to the bites and therefore may not develop itchy welts.
However, small droplets of blood on the sheets may indicate their presence.
These pests usually enter a property carried on clothing, luggage or furniture.
The most common source of bed bugs is to stay at a hotel with an infestation. They have been know to hitchhike and a lot of the time their eggs get into clothing or suitcases and are then transported home.
It is important to check for signs of bed bugs prior to staying in your hotel room.
If there are any signs of bed bugs when staying at a hotel - particularly being bitten when sleeping or seeing blood spots on sheets - take great care in bringing your personal belongings home. If you suspect the presence of these pests, hotel staff should be immediately notified. Consult with hotel management to assess the risk - it may be necessary to launder, fumigate or treat clothes to ensure they are safe.
We advise either placing belongings in the freezer or laundering in hot, soapy water and drying in high heat. When moving belongings that may be infested, you should place them in a large garbage bag to lessen the chance of spreading bed bugs throughout your home.
You should also inspect all furniture and mattresses that are brought into your home.
If your home has a been infested by bed bugs, please do not risk spreading it by taking clothes, suitcases or furniture to hotels or the homes of your friends and families.
These pests can migrate to adjoining rooms through wall or floor cavities. If your home has been affected by an infestation and you live in an apartment or condominium, please be considerate to your neighbors and act promptly.