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Why Do I Have Bed Bugs In My St. Charles Home?

April 3, 2022

Bed bugs are small parasites that prefer to consume human blood—usually as their victims are sound asleep. Bed bugs have a flat, oval-shaped body that allows them to easily navigate through small spaces and often remain undetected. They are largely nocturnal pests that will remain hidden within cracks, below furniture, or amid other clutter during the daytime. Unlike many parasites, bed bugs are unlikely to spread disease; however, they certainly can create significant anxiety and difficulty sleeping. 

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Bed Bug Pest Control In St. Charles

Licensed and trained professionals know how to answer questions like what do bed bugs look like, how to find out if you have bed bugs, and how to prevent bed bugs from spreading to other areas of the home.

How Can I Tell If It's Bed Bugs In My House?

What do bed bugs look like, and what are the signs of an infestation? Bed bugs are very small, reddish-brown creatures that are difficult to view with the naked eye; however, other signs of an infestation include:

  • Look for small red blood stains or black smears of excrement on mattresses, pillowcases, and other bedding materials.
  • Bite victims often wake to discover small, red patches of itchy and irritated skin.
  • As infestations expand, a “musty” odor is often detectable.
  • Tiny eggs or cracked eggshells might be visible that appear yellow or white.

In many cases, pest controllers are initially contacted by homeowners who suspect that their property is home to fleas, beetles, or some other pest, which are determined to be bed bugs.

How Do Bed Bugs Find Their Way Inside Homes?

Bed bugs are most commonly transported inadvertently by property owners into their homes within luggage, bags, or clothing. Bed bugs are very common in locations with overnight guests such as hotels, rehabilitation facilities, and dormitories. Bed bugs do not jump or fly; however, they will crawl toward beds where people sleep for a blood meal.

How Do I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In My House Fast?

Far too many property owners purchase do-it-yourself home treatment options from local stores that are promoted as being a “quick and easy” solution. Unfortunately, the majority of these products are incapable of completely eliminating bed bugs, and the problem will persist. A licensed pest controller has the training and equipment to eradicate these pests fully.

Can I Prevent Bed Bugs From Getting Inside My House Again?

St. Charles property owners are encouraged to closely inspect the bed area for any indications of bed bugs when entering a hotel room. It is best to place clothing, suitcases, and other belonging on hard surfaces instead of beds, carpeting, or upholstered furniture. Avoid acquiring second-hand furniture or appliances that might contain bed bugs.

Local Team Of Professional Pest Controllers

The residential pest control experts with Pest Control Consultants are equipped to handle bed bug pest control in St. Charles and know how to prevent bed bugs from spreading. When we perform a detailed inspection, we know how to find out if you have bed bugs and where they are hiding.

Our technicians have various tools on hand for eliminating bed bugs. For example, we may use Temprid SC, a leading insecticide that has shown to be extremely effective. Temprid SC, which had been used before to target ants and other pests, was developed in response to the continued reports that bed bugs were often surviving treatments using pyrethroids.

Temprid SC is unique because it also has a “residual” effect that expels bed bugs and can kill the eggs that are still developing. Our St. Charles pest specialists will closely inspect hard-to-reach locations where bed bugs might be hiding to ensure success. Contact us today to schedule an inspection. 

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