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At Pointe Pest Control we take pride in protecting your home from year-round invaders and seasonal pests. Our experienced, licensed, and well-trained technicians are committed to providing your home with safe, environmentally friendly pest protection. We simply guarantee results, if pest activity persists after a service call, we will return for free until the problem has been solved.

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Do you live around the Chicago area?

If you do, watch out. It might be only a matter of time before your home is infiltrated by a devious little insect. For the fourth year in a row, Chicago has been listed in the top 50 cities with a bed bug problem. Now you might think that bed bugs only infest seedy motels or dirty homes and apartment buildings, unfortunately you’re wrong. Bed bugs don’t care if you home is sparkling clean or disgustingly dirty. If a bed bug manages to get inside your home, the only thing it wants is to hunt you down and feast off of your blood. If you ever get an infestation of bed bugs, you will quickly realize how much you hate these little insects. If you have an infestation in your home, business, or condo, you need to give the professionals at Pointe Pest Control a call. When it comes to bed bug elimination, we mean business.

How They Get into Your Home

There is one word to describe how bed bugs manage to get into your home: hitchhiking. This is the reason hotels and motels are infamous for bed bug infestations – luggage is the perfect place for a bed bug to hide. If you think that bed bugs can only be found in hotels and motels, think again. Bed bugs have been found in restaurants, movie theaters, schools, office buildings, hospitals, army barracks, and even public transportation. That’s right, next time you are riding the L into work, you might want to be on the lookout for bed bugs. Bed bugs can live anywhere there is a food source and you are on their menu.

If any of these places you visit have an infestation of bed bugs, you risk bringing them home with you. Bed bugs are photophobic, which means they hate being in the light. If bed bugs can find a nice dark place, they will climb inside and hide. When your kids go to school their backpacks are at risk, and when you go to the office your briefcase, computer bag or purse is at risk. Even when you go on vacation and stay in a hotel or at your friend’s house, your luggage is a prime target. But before you decide to never carry a bag, backpack, luggage, purse or briefcase, you should know that bed bugs will even hitchhike on your clothing. If you sit down to order food at a restaurant, or sit back to watch a movie in a theater, bed bug can easily grab onto your clothes and take a ride home with you.

What Happens Next?

If you happen to bring home a male bed bug, it will drop off of whatever item it hitchhiked in on and immediately find a place to hide. Bed bugs will come after you when you are at your most vulnerable. When you drop into bed and fall asleep, the insect emerges. A bed bug can travel up to 15 feet per night looking for you. Bed bugs are sensitive to your body heat and the carbon dioxide you exhale. If you are sharing your home with a bed bug, it will find you. That means if you have an infestation and you try to move to a different room, the bed bugs will follow. If you only bring home a make bed bug, it will eventually die and the problem will be over.

If you bring a female bed bug or a few bed bugs home with you, it won’t take long for you to have a full blown infestation. A female bed bug can lay up to 250 eggs in her lifetime. As soon as the new baby bed bugs hatch, they wait until you are asleep, find you, and begin to have their first meal. The process repeats and the number of bed bugs continue to increase. Soon, there can be thousands of bed bugs feeding off of your body every single night.

Signs of an Infestation

Bed bugs love to hide. An adult bed bug is about the size of an apple seed, only flat. Imagine all of the places in your room where you could hide an apple seed – that’s how many locations a bed bug could hide. At Pointe Pest Control, our technicians have found bed bugs on box springs, behind pictures, inside of electrical outlets, inside heat vents, inside of nightstands, and behind wall paper. If you ever find a bed bug wandering around in the middle of the day, you probably already have a massive infestation.

In order to catch a bed bug infestation before it gets big, you need to become a detective. You need to become familiar with the secret life of bed bugs. The very first clue if often getting bit. Remember though, bed bug bites look very similar to those from mosquitoes, fleas, and other insects. Just because you have bites does not mean bed bugs. Bed bug bites appear as little itchy red welts and are sometimes arranged in lines. This is because bed bugs are lazy and will bite you, move up a bit and bite you again and then again. They also tend to target exposed skin, so if you wear pajamas, they will target your face, arms and any other exposed areas.

Bed bugs are like little anesthesiologists. You will never feel a bed bug bite because their little needle like mouth is coated in a numbing agent. The good news is that bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases. However, people who have suffered through a bed bug infestation often deal with acute insomnia. The knowledge that thousands of little insect are feeding off your body every night, would be enough to make anyone terrified of sleeping.

If you are getting bit each night, it is time to take your detective skills to the next level. The next sign of an infestation are reddish brown spots. Bed bugs gorge themselves on your blood and defecate at the same time. That’s right, if you have a bed bug infestation; the little critters will be drinking your blood and then doing their nasty business on your body. The first thing you need to do is inspect your bed sheets and your pajamas. Look for reddish brown spots. If you are not certain, get a bit of water on your finger and rub it across the mark. If it turns red, you are looking at your blood after it has passed through a bed bug. Finding these spots is the best indicator of a bed bug infestation.

Bed Bug Treatment and Elimination

If you have bed bugs, your priority will be to get rid of them. Unfortunately, bed bugs are quite resistant to chemicals. If you decide to run down to your nearest home and garden center and stock up on pesticides, you will be wasting your money. If you use bug bombs, you might kill a few bed bugs, but most of them will simply hide and wait until the fog is gone. If you think you can move out of your home and into a hotel room and wait for the bed bugs to starve, you need to be ready for a very long stay. Bed bugs can go several months without a meal. Besides, if they can’t find you, they will go after your pets. Since bed bugs are so difficult to treat entomologists (bug scientists) recommend hiring a professional pest control company – we know just what to do! Our Pointe Pest technicians can help you rid your home of bed bugs and keep you and your family safe and at peace. Get your restful nights back – call us today!

The Professionals with Pointe Pest Control

At Pointe Pest Control, we use the proven process of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM uses a multi-pronged treatment approach. We don’t rely on one method, we use a variety. For bed bugs, that means they won’t stand a chance. For you, it means you will have a bed bug free home. Even though bed bugs are difficult to eliminate, they do have a weakness. Bed bugs and their eggs die when they are exposed to temperatures of 122 degrees. That is one of the ways we treat bed bugs. Your home will be sealed up tight and our heaters will be put to work. Our technicians monitor the internal temperature of your home and make certain that every room gets to the right temperature. Bed bugs cannot hide when everywhere in your home is like an oven. Even though the heat treatment is super effective, we will use everything at our disposal to make certain that the bed bugs are gone for good. With Pointe Pest Control on your side, you will be able to win the war against bed bugs. You will be able to reclaim your home and make it livable, and sleep-able, once again.

Our technicians are bed bug experts. We understand their lifecycle, and we know where they like to hide. Pointe Pest Control has been in the business of bed bug elimination for a long time. When you call us, you are putting our years of experience to work for you. Since we are environmentally cautious you know that our treatments will be safe for you, your family and your pets.

Even with treatment, you need to be careful. Remember that bed bugs are hitchhikers anything you bring out of your home can be hiding bed bugs. Your dryer gets hot enough to eliminate bed bugs, make certain that stuffed animals, clothing and any luggage has been inspected and treated for bed bugs. The last thing you want to do is get a new infestation in your home because you accidentally brought a happy little bed bug back inside. When you want bed bug elimination, you need to call in the professionals and Pointe Pest Control has got your back.

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Understanding the Seasons

Weather has a profound effect on pest life cycle. Most pests, rodents and insects breed aggressively during spring and go through periods of hibernation during autumn and winter.

When the weather slowly begins to heat up, pests start to get more active after having stayed dormant over the colder winter months.

  • Birds often start to find mates and start building their nests.
  • Moths which consumer leaves usually become active again.
  • Flies often emerge from their winter hibernation places and start to breed and spread out.
  • Squirrels also spend the winter in hibernation. When spring approaches these creatures start looking for a new home. This is usually the time when they make their way into lofts and other spaces.

Summer is arguably the best season for pests. It is the time when they are in full swing and breed as rapidly as they can. Wasps are one of the most common summer pests followed by flies and rodents. Many a summer picnics and BBQs have been ruined by the ‘home invasion’ of these pests.

  • Wasps build their nesting grounds and lay their eggs during this time. Although the creatures are not directly harmful, they can be very aggressive and territorial at this time of the year, because they’re at their strongest.
  • The number of fleas also multiplies. Since pets spend more time outdoors during summer, they are more likely to bring the pests back indoors with them.
  • Bees are also more active during summer as they go out to gather nectar. Many times, homeowners find a new beehive in their garden and require pest control to take care of it. Because of their sting, bees are more dangerous than some of the other pests and you should call our professional service to get rid of them.
  • Moths and flies usually start to multiply significantly during summer.
  • Ants begin to swarm to find new mates and start new colonies during summer.
  • Cockroaches become very noticeable in the summer, especially in the kitchen and toilets. This is due to the hotter temperatures and stronger smells.
  • Bedbugs are also very active in the summer.

Autumn is the month when things start to get cooler. The number of pests starts to dwindle as they begin to slow down their breeding activities.

  • Wasps start becoming dozy and docile. You may find them buzzing around occasionally as if they are drunk. This is usually the end-time for their life.
  • Spiders in particular are more active at this time of the year.
  • Squirrels will gather their food and start to look for shelter.
  • The second breeding phase for flies begins. These pests remain active during the season.
  • Rodents also become more active. Due to the approaching cold, rodents usually find shelter inside homes in the loft or inside walls.

The coldest months are when pests seek out warmth and shelter. You will find a number of insects especially rodents and lizards make their way inside your home.

  • Spiders come into our homes to escape the web-destroying frosts.
  • Rodents move indoors to escape the cold, increasing infestations.
  • In many cases, homeowners find squirrels nesting in lofts when they go to get their Christmas decorations.

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