It seems lately, bed bugs are making a strong resurgence in the United States. This is mostly due to increased travel and increased restrictions on pesticides. These pests can infiltrate homes and businesses alike, which can lead to expensive damages and health concerns. If you suspect the presence of bed bugs in your residence or place of employment, it is always best to contact the trained pest removal experts here at Island Pest Control to properly identify, treat, and eliminate the problem. Detailed below are some key points to consider when determining if you have a bed bug infestation, and the appropriate course of action if you suspect you have a problem.
Nobody wants to discover a pest problem in their home or business, let alone a bed bug problem. Bed bug bites can cause several health concerns. The area of the bite can create quite an itch, and aggressive scratching of the affected area could make secondary infection much more likely. The continuous itching and scratching that will follow bed bug bites can also lead to lack of sleep. Serious bed bug bite reactions have been known to induce asthma attacks, hives, or severe allergic reactions that may require the immediate attention of a medical professional. Bed bugs can also cause expensive damage as they tend to live inside the dark crevices of beds, including the mattress and box spring. It is not unheard of to spend upward of $5,000 to successfully eliminate bedbugs from your home or business. If you think you have a problem with bugs, bed bug inspections can be provided by our Island Pest Control experts who know exactly where to look and what signs to look for. We are pros at bed bug inspection and prevention.
But how do you know if you have bed bugs? Maybe the bugs plaguing your building could be fleas? Although they look incredibly similar, there are a few key differences between fleas and bed bugs. Fleas tend to prefer animal hosts with lots of fur. Bed bug bites are much more typical on human hosts. This also factors into the way each pest is brought into your home or business. Typically, fleas enter the home by hitchhiking on your pets, whereas bed bugs enter your home being transported by people. Another main difference is where you are likely to find each type of bug. Bed bugs tend to live in the mattress and box spring of your bed, where fleas are more likely found in upholstery, carpeting, or the areas where your pet sleeps. The physical appearance of bed bugs and fleas is very similar. Both bed bugs and fleas are a red/brown color and very tiny. Bed bugs are more flat, round, and a bit larger, measuring 1.5 mm to 5 mm long. Alternatively, fleas are more oval shaped and smaller, about 1.5-3.3 mm in length. Our trained pest control experts will easily be able to spot the difference.