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Bed Bug Awareness Week

It’s #BedBugAwareness week, and Brock Pest Control would like to pass along some valuable information to help you identify these pests.

Bed Bugs, Brock Pest ControlFirst, they are still a big problem. According to a study from the University of Kentucky, nearly 6 out of 10 Pest Professionals – almost 84% – report that bed bug infestations continue to be on the rise. And although they’re a year-round problem, the peak season for bed bugs tends to be the summer time. So that means families should be careful when traveling abroad and staying in hotels/condominiums. But how do you find them – or, make sure your room doesn’t have a problem?

The NPMA recommends the following bed bug prevention tips when traveling:

  • At hotels, pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams, for telltale bed bug stains. Inspect the entire room before unpacking, including sofas and chairs and behind the headboard. Notify management of anything suspect and change rooms or establishments immediately.
  • If you need to change rooms, don’t move to a room adjacent or directly above or below the suspected infestation.
  • Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during your stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there.
  • When home, inspect suitcases before bringing them into the house and vacuum them before storing.
  • Wash all clothes – even those not worn – in hot water to eliminate any bed bugs and their eggs.

Bed bugs can be a problem. But if noticed, you can keep them from your family. You can also use the steps in your home. If you see bed bugs, or think you have them, contact Brock Pest Control and let us protect your family.

 

Bed Bugs 101

We have all heard the old saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” right? Well, the advice is somewhat still very true. Some say this old saying originated years ago in the times when bed bugs were a very common problem. Wrapping yourself up “tight” would hopefully prevent you from getting bitten. Though this was probably pretty ineffective.

The very true part of this saying is that Bed Bugs are back, and are biting. This time with a vengeance…

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are small oval shaped insects. They don’t fly, even though they may have wings, and belong to the Cimicidae insect family. There are 3 different species that bite. Adult bed bugs grow to be about 5 to 7mm long. While nymphs or the juveniles are as small as 1.5mm long.

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Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Bed bugs are sometimes mistaken for ticks. Probably because their bodies are flat and dark. The feed on the blood from humans and animals. Needless to say, you do not want them in your home biting your family and pets.

Where are Bed Bugs Found?

Bed Bugs were pretty common before the World Wars, but seemed to have become rare after pesticides were used. However, the occurrences of bed bug infestations has been growing at an alarming rate.

They can live in any area of the home and can reside in tiny cracks of furniture. In harmony with their name, they seem to prefer areas where people sleep.

How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

There are many do-it-yourself pest control treatments that may work for minor insect infestations. Bed Bugs, is not one of them. For example, a professional will determine if a mattress can be treated or actually needs to be discarded.

Also, a Pest control expert will know which areas may require a deep cleaning with a stiff brush, removing eggs. Treating bed bug infestations with heat is also very effective, but requires specialized equipment and training.

If you think you have a Bed Bug infestation, talk to a professional to limit more risk to your family. Brock Lawn and Pest Control, would be happy to visit your home for a Free Analysis and Estimate.