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 begin to think that bed bugs only infest seedy motels or dirty homes and apartment buildings, unfortunately your thoughts are 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.
There is one word to describe how bed bugs manage to get into your home, and the word is hitchhiking. If you go to a friend’s house and set down your purse, a few bed bugs might climb inside. 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 beg 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 they bring their backpacks. Bed bugs can hide in backpacks. When you go to the office you bring your briefcase, computer bag or purse. Bed bugs will hide in all three. When you go on vacation and stay in a hotel or at your friend’s house you bring your luggage. Bed bugs are infamous for hiding in luggage. Before you decide to never carry a bag, 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.
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 an 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. There can be thousands of bed bugs feeding off of your body every single night.
You might think the best way to find out if you have a bed bug is by finding a bed bug, you are wrong. 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 and you will understand 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 you need to look is if you are getting bit. Remember though, bed bug bites look a lot like the bites from mosquitoes, fleas, and other insects. Just because you have bites it might not mean bed bugs. A bite from a bed bug will itch. It will look like a little red welt. Sometimes you will notice that bed bug bites are in lines. Bed bugs are lazy and will bite you, move up a bit and bite you again and then again. Bed bugs target exposed skin, so if you wear pajamas, they will target your face, arms and any other exposed skin. If you sleep in just your underwear, most of your body will be their target. If you think you will feel them biting you, think again. You will never feel a bed bug bite because their little needle like mouth is coated in a numbing agent. Bed bugs are like little anesthesiologists. 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.
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.
That is where we come in. At Pointe Pest Control, we use the proven process of integrated pest management. Integrated pest management uses a multipronged 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 with Pointe Pest Control.