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What It Takes To Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Fort Myers Home

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Bed bugs are mysterious pests. The mystery is what makes people afraid of them. But you don't need to fear bed bugs. Unlike several other pests, bed bugs are not dangerous. There are no reported cases of disease transmission between these insects and humans. And, while they will definitely bite you numerous times, they won't bite you for long if you know what to do about them. Half the battle with bed bugs is determining if bed bugs are the bugs that are biting you. There are lots of pests that bite and often people think they have bed bugs when they don't. It helps to know early signs of bed bugs so that you can address the problem before a few bites turn into a scary number of bites. Join us today as we discuss how you can know for sure that you actually have bed bugs and how to treat bed bugs in your home. If you'd like to skip "learning about bed bugs" and get to "living without bed bugs" as fast as possible, navigate to our contact page for professional bed bug pest control in Fort Myers. We're happy to check and see if you have a bed bug infestation. If you do, we can address it quickly. With that said, let's take a look at bed bug detection and what works best to deal with these pests. 

The Symptoms Of A Bed Bug Infestation

You're not going to see bed bugs crawling around in your home when bed bugs first infest—well, most of the time. There is an exception. We'll get to that in a moment. Most likely, it will start with you finding bites on your skin when you wake up in the morning. Bed bugs prefer to bite at night while you're sleeping. Here are a few factors to consider if you've found bites:

  • Each bed bug typically bites three times. The bug will feed, move forward, feed another time, and move forward to feed one last time. If one bug bites you, you'll find bites in a line or zig-zag pattern with each bite being close to the others. You're also likely to have a rash around the bites. Extensive rashes are common with bed bug bites, so keep this in mind.
  • When bed bug nymphs bite you for the first time, you may only have slight bumps in a large rash. So, it may look like a rash and only a rash. Some people have mistaken the beginning of a bed bug infestation as an allergic reaction to food or something they touched.
  • Bed bug bites don't look like the bites of certain other pests. They won't have an ulcer at the center, like a spider bite. They won't have a pustule at the center, like a fire ant sting. They won't look puffy and light colored, like a mosquito bite. You won't find bites on your ankles, like you will when fleas bite you. You won't have a bullseye rash like you would get from a black legged tick.
  • You may notice no bites when you wake up but detect them later in the day. The reason for this is that it can take hours for your body to have a reaction to bites. The reason bites swell, itch, and have rashes is that the body has an allergic reaction to insect saliva. It can take time for this reaction to manifest.

Now that you know how to interpret the most important of all bed bug signs, let's talk about a sign you're not likely to see, but if you do see it, you need to recognize it. 

Sometimes, it is possible to see bed bugs. You turn a light on and there it is attached to your skin. But you may not recognize that insect when you see it. Bed bugs don't always look like bed bugs. You may know them as reddish-brown, seed shaped insects. But baby bed bugs don't look like that. What do baby bed bugs look like? We're glad you asked. These are the characteristics of baby bed bugs.

  • About 1mm long
  • Pale colored
  • Six-legged
  • Oval-shaped

If a bed bug nymph is feeding on you, it may look like a red bug. The abdomen of a bed bug is significantly larger than the head and thorax put together. When it is filled with blood, it changes the insect's color entirely.

Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

Whether you've started seeing bites or you want to detect bed bugs before you start getting bites, it helps to know where bed bugs hide and what signs they leave around for you to find. Here are some easy-to-spot signs.

Fecal Spots: Bed bugs leave their feces in many places. You might find fecal spotting on fabrics and bedding, stains on your mattress or box spring, or detect a black coloration around stitching or in seams.

Blood Spots: Bed bugs excrete blood, which can stain your sheets, pillow cases, bed spreads, and other fabrics. At first, these stains will be red or a mixture of red and black (because the blood is often mixed with feces). But bed bugs often bite earlier in the night and stains will look brown by morning.   

Shed Skins: Bed bugs shed their skins several times as they develop. These skins are pale or yellowish. And, since bed bugs are tiny, these skins are also tiny. To make your life even more complicated, you'll need to probe to find these skins. We recommend using a credit card to drag along the seams of your mattresses and box springs. Doing so will bring evidence of a bed bug infestation to the surface, including shed skins.

Tiny White Eggs: Bed bug eggs are only about 1mm long. You'll find these in tight spaces with shed skins. Get out your probing tool. You're going to have to go looking for these tiny orbs.

A Faint Odor: The pheromones of bed bugs have an unpleasant odor. Some compare the odor to a musty towel. If you smell something that is a little "off" in your bedroom, you may be smelling bed bugs.

Once you've determined that you do, indeed, have a bed bug infestation, it is time to contact local pest control for bed bugs. If you're in Fort Myers, reach out to Stat Pest Control. Why? Because it can cost you more money if you don't.

Why DIY Bed Bug Control Is A Waste Of Time And Money

There are many products that promise to control bed bugs. Some of them work when applied correctly, but they are difficult to apply, and bed bugs have a knack for avoiding treatments. Some products work when applied directly to bed bugs but good luck with that. Bed bugs hide in extremely tight spaces and inside the voids of the objects in your home. It is extremely hard to apply any agent directly on bed bugs. Some products don't work at all. For example, ultrasonic devices promise to repel bed bugs but this has not been proven in laboratory tests. In fact, these devices show no efficacy whatsoever.

If you're tempted to try these products anyway, you should know that it could cost you. We're not talking about the price of these products. Most are less than $100. That is not where the real money is wasted. When bed bugs aren't addressed early, they can get into your walls to move between rooms, making them very difficult to exterminate. It is much more expensive to treat your entire home than it is to find and address an isolated group of bed bugs, which is one of the reasons we provide so many details about how to locate bed bugs in your home. Detection and early control is the least expensive way to stop bed bugs.

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

It is never good to allow a small infestation to turn into a big infestation because it will cost you more. When you find bed bugs, it is time to contact Stat Pest Control STAT. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of and attempting to rid your home of them can prolong your misery and waste your hard-earned money. There are a few reasons to choose Stat Pest Control if you live in Fort Myers.

  • We perform a professional inspection and present the infestation to you so that you don't have to wonder if you actually had bed bugs.
  • We use liquid treatments to discreetly deal with small infestations early. The products we use are known to work effectively to address bed bug infestations.
  • We use tent fumigation to address large infestations. A fumigation deals with every bug in your home and makes sure no bed bugs remain.
  • We provide a 30 day guarantee.   

Connect with us today for service in Fort Myers. Our friendly and knowledgeable bed bug service technicians look forward to assisting you.