Bed Bug Extermination in Idaho
Cimex lectularius Linnaeus
Bed bugs are one of the most notorious pests in the world. After disappearing for decades, they made a resurgence due to globalization and the increased affordability of air travel. This has allowed bed bugs to spread to virtually every part of the planet. These insects feed primarily at night, though they are not exclusively nocturnal. Female bed bugs can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime and survive several months without a blood meal. Though there have been no cases of disease being transmitted by bed bugs, their bites can cause itchy, red welts. Their real damage is more psychological, as their presence can cause anxiety and sleeplessness.
The good news is that Gemtek Pest Control has significant experience with providing fast, effective bed bug extermination in Idaho, and we know exactly how to solve your pest problems once and for all.
Bed Bug Identification
Mahogany to reddish-brown; will turn a darker color after feeding
Flat and oval, like an apple seed; will become significantly engorged after blood meal
¼ inch long
Live in areas like the bedroom where they can easily hide until feeding on a host. Flat bodies allow them to hide in tight spaces like mattress folds, behind headboards, inside picture frames and CD cases, etc.
Found throughout the world
How to Spot a Bed Bug Infestation
Because bed bugs can reproduce so quickly, if you see one, chances are good that your home or business may already be infested. Besides bed bugs themselves, you should keep an eye out for dark spots on sheets, mattresses, and other places where you suspect bed bugs may be present, such as luggage. These are fecal stains that are partially digested blood. Also, look for bed bug eggs, which are small and white, and the shed skins from nymphs that have outgrown them.
Bed Bug Prevention in Idaho
Your best bet to protect your property from bed bugs is to keep them away in the first place. Remember the following tips to stay bed bug-free:
- Inspect bed linens and mattresses often for blood spots
- Always inspect hotel rooms before placing your luggage inside
- Try to keep your luggage away from beds and walls
- Routinely inspect luggage outside your home or in your garage after traveling
- If you do spot bed bugs in your luggage, seal everything in plastic trash bags and call a pest control professional immediately
- Examine secondhand items before bringing them into your home
- If you believe your home is infested with bed bugs, don’t sleep in other rooms to avoid their bites. Switching locations will only spread the infestation further.
Bed bugs are so good at staying out of sight that it’s nearly impossible for the average person to get rid of them by themselves. You need the help of pest management professionals like the trained technicians at Gemtek Pest Control. If you suspect you may have a bed bug infestation in your Idaho home or business, you can’t afford to wait. Fill out the form on this page or contact us today to schedule your free bed bug inspection.