What are Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are elusive human parasites that have plagued humanity for thousands of years. They are attracted to warmth, carbon dioxide, and a susceptible host. They feed exclusively on human blood and primarily at night, and can survive up to an entire year without feeding. Eggs are about 1mm wide, and adult bugs are 4-5mm long. They are reddish-brown in color.
Can Bed Bugs Hurt My Family?
While very annoying, bed bugs are rarely very dangerous to humans. Severe allergic reactions are uncommon, and at this time they are not known to transfer pathogens or disease to humans. However, they can cause mild allergic reactions or itchy rashes. Many times they cause embarrassment over perceived lack of hygiene, although the presence of this parasite in no way indicates the cleanliness of a home. Many homeowners are nervous to entertain at their home for fear of guests discovering the infestation. Some people may endure large amounts of stress, insomnia, or anxiety related to the presence of the bugs.
How Do I Get Rid of Them?
Treatments include thorough vacuuming of mattresses and other upholstery, washing bedding in hot water, drying bedding on high heat, and heat treating and wrapping mattresses, carpets, and nearby furniture. However, these mechanical removal procedures have been proven ineffective against serious infestations. Bugs can also hide in walls, clocks, and frames, and eggs are coated with a sticky substance that makes them resistant to vacuuming. Most people are unable to locate all of them to eliminate the entire colony. It only takes one female to start a new infestation. Each female can lay 5 to 7 eggs per week, each egg hatches in 10 days and will develop into an adult capable of mating and producing more eggs. Before long, a new colony will be out of control.
Professional pest control services like us are the most effective way to completely remove and prevent re-infestation of bed bugs. Our skilled technicians will visit your home and identify the severity of the problem before developing a treatment plan to effectively eradicate the colony. We serve all of Sacramento, CA and look forward to eliminating your bed bug problem!