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Bed bugs are everywhere. In fact, Antarctica is the only continent on the planet where these parasitic pests are not present. Insects of the Cimicidae family, bed bugs are small, brown-colored creatures that feast on blood. Warm-blooded mammals and humans are their absolute favorites.
The problem with bed bugs isn't that they can live for an extraordinarily long time, but that they are prolific breeders. Bed bugs lay eggs daily, and a single female bed bug will lay upwards of 540 eggs in her lifetime. It won't take long for an infestation to become severe once a bed bug population has infested a room.
If you think that you have a bed bug problem, contact the bed bug control and prevention experts at Ehrlich by calling 1-800-837-5520 or filling in our online form to schedule a FREE initial bed bug inspection.
Ehrlich offers home and business owners the most comprehensive bed bug detection, treatment, and prevention solutions. From visual inspections performed by certified bed bug control experts to specially trained bed bug dogs, Ehrlich utilizes a variety of environmentally friendly methods that will help track down bed bugs. Our bed bug treatment methods include:
We also offer year-round bed bug protection. Your specialist will find the source of the infestation and provide ways to eliminate the bed bugs. They will then work to keep them away all year long, providing peace of mind for you and your family.
Ehrlich provides bed bug inspections for both residential and commercial properties. We use multiple detection methods to ensure a comprehensive bed bug inspection.
Here is what you can expect to take place for your scheduled bed bug inspection:
The amount of time needed for the inspection will depend on the extent of the infestation and the cost can vary depending on the circumstances of your specific situation. Contact us today to set up a bed bug inspection appointment.
Bed bugs want two things: to hide and to feed on blood. A bed bug’s anatomy is designed to do these two things. Here are some things that bed bugs do to feed and hide.
Ehrlich bed bug control experts know how to identify them at all stages and our heat treatments and other methods can eliminate them at all stages, too.
Bed bugs look different depending on their stage of life, but no matter what life stage the bed bug is in, they are tiny and difficult to spot. During their egg and early nymph stages, they are whitish or even translucent. When a bed bug has not eaten in a while it is flat and about the same size, shape, and even color as an apple seed.
Female bed bugs will lay up to five or six batches of 10-15 eggs per day. Bed bug eggs are roughly 1mm long and are pearly white in color. Eggs can often be found near where the adult and young bed bugs hide during the day.
After hatching, a bed bug goes through five nymph stages before reaching adulthood. They are very small and difficult to see during this time. During their first cycle, these nymphs are white-colored, but they get darker as they grow and consume blood meals. Before each life stage, the bed bug molts and leaves shed skins behind. Discarded bed bug skins are often one of the first signs of an infestation.
An adult bed bug is brown and flat in appearance (unless it is engorged with a blood meal) with a wide head and segmented body. They are about the size of an apple seed, 1/4 inch in width, and are typically reddish-brown in color, especially after feeding. Bed bugs do not fly, but they do crawl quickly and often latch onto suitcases or clothes. An adult bed bug can last as long as one year without a meal.
Bed bugs are a potentially serious pest for people, but they can be confused for other insects. In order to provide the right and most effective treatments, bed bugs must be correctly identified and found. If one batch of bed bugs is missed, a whole new infestation can occur. Ehrlich specialists have received specialized training to properly identify bed bugs in all life stages.
If you even suspect that you might have bed bugs in your home, don't waste another minute. Contact us today for a free bed bug inspection.
Enlist the help of our bed bug dog inspection team to identify any infestations on your property