Bed bugs are nocturnal, elusive insects that are about the size of an apple seed. The name originates from the way bedbugs eat: they feed on human blood while their prey sleeps.
Bed Bug Habitats
Bed bugs thrive in small cracks and crevices nearby to human environment. As their name entails, they are mostly found in beds, especially mattresses and box springs.
They can also be found in picture frames, behind wallpaper, and virtually anywhere inside a home, car, bus or other shelter. Bed bugs can also survive in temporary habitats, such as backpacks and luggage.
Bed bugs can carry diseases; thankfully, they are not known to transmit these diseases to humans.
Bed bugs are most likely to feed on areas of the body that are exposed during sleep, such as the hands, arms and legs.. Most people do not even realize they have been bitten until the bite marks – small, itchy red welts – appear on their skin. Many bites are painless and can go undetected.
Scratching bed bug bites and/or failing to keep them clean and disinfected can lead to secondary infections. Bed bug bites can also lead to loss of sleep due to skin irritation.
Bed Bugs and IPM
At Peachtree Pest Control, we use integrated pest management, or IPM, to help eliminate bed bugs. IPM is an environmentally and economically sound method of pest control, utilizing various non-chemical techniques as well as the least hazardous pesticides available.
Our seven-step IPM process at Peachtree Pest Control includes:
- The Interview: There are many factors that need to be considered before implementing a control plan. That’s why we like to gather as much information as possible, not only about your bed bug problem, but any special concerns you may have. To do so, we will ask questions such as:
- Have you noticed any bed bug bites on yourself or members of your family?
- Are there traces of bed bugs on your sheets or nearby furniture? For example, rusty-colored blood spots?
- Have you done any traveling recently?
- Do you notice a musty odor in the room?
- The Inspection: Bed bugs are small, sneaky and hard to see with the naked eye, but your Peachtree Pest Control technician is trained to pinpoint their presence. During our first inspection, we will check out all of the places bed bugs like to hang out: beds, rugs, linens and any other nearby furniture. We will also thoroughly check small cracks and crevices where the bed bugs may be hiding.
- Pest Identification: If bed bugs are detected, we will implement the best possible plan to effectively and safely eliminate them. We also provide customers a detailed bed bug preparation checklist to deal with your current situation.
- Development of Control Plan: Controlling bed bugs takes time and patience. We will work diligently toward a long-term solution.
- Implementation of Control Plan: Bed bug control and management techniques include the steaming and the application of chemical product to eliminate the infestation.
- Documentation of Control Plan: Our technicians will thoroughly document each and every service call so you know exactly what was found along with the measures taken.
- Evaluation and Follow Up: As we continue to service your home, we will monitor, evaluate and modify our treatments in order to make sure the bed bugs do not return.
Are you concerned you may have bed bugs in your home? Call us today or fill out the form below to schedule your initial interview and inspection.