Below you will find helpful bed bug facts. It is important that if you have noticed signs of bed bugs in your home or business that you contact us for bed bug services. Our team is experience in the latest bed bug service techniques! The sooner that you address the problem the faster you can rid your home of bed bugs. Don't put off calling the professionals at Burr Pest Control!

Overview

Overview

Bed bugs get their name from their habit of hiding near beds, which allows them to feed on human hosts while they sleep. Bed bugs were mostly eradicated in the developed worlds for many years. Several factors led to their resurgence in the 1990s, including increased international travel and lack of public awareness about prevention. Today, one out of five Americans has had an infestation or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs.

Habits

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. They will hide in luggage, purses, laptop cases and other personal belongings in an effort to find a human food supply. They are elusive creatures. They can hide in bedding and mattresses. Bed bugs can also hide behind baseboards, in electrical switch plates and picture frames, behind wallpaper and nearly anywhere inside a home, car, bus, hotel, college dorm, ect.

Threats

Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts. People with infestations may experience sleeplessness, anxiety and social isolation.

Prevention

• Change your bed linens often. Inspect bedding for shed bed bug skins and blood spots.
• Inspect hotel rooms before you settle in. Set your luggage away from walls and furniture, including the bed.
• When you get home from traveling, inspect your suitcase. Store clothes in a sealed plastic bag until they can be washed and dried on high heat.
• Examine secondhand furniture before bringing it home.
• If you suspect you have bed bugs, don’t just sleep in a different room. This just expands their territory.
• It is imperative to seek professional pest control to address a bed bug infestation.

Did You Know? Bed Bugs...

• Lay 1-5 eggs in a day and up to 500 eggs in a lifetime.
• Live for several months without eating
• Withstand temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees.
• Ingest seven times their weight in blood, equivalent to an average male drinking 120 gallons of liquid.

Checklist for Bed Bug Inspection

Always check cracks in the head and foot boards as well as the support sections of the bed

Check the mattress thoroughly. Top, bottom, sides, as well as any seams or rips in the mattress should be inspected.

Bed bugs can also find their way into electrical outlets, posters and pictures on the wall

Inspect cracks in the wall or wall paper

Make sure to inspect all rooms in the house not just the primary bedroom. Bed Bugs will travel