Here at Island Pest Control, we are constantly answering calls to identify and/or control bed bugs.
While bed bugs have remained common in other parts of the world, including Asia and South and Central America, the United States has not experienced widespread infestations for decades. However, over the past few years bed bugs have made a dramatic comeback. Worldwide travel has undoubtedly played a role in the bed bugs making their resurgence, but this is just one of many theories. The only facts we know about their comeback is that they have reappeared in the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.
Bed bugs are most active while we sleep. They crawl onto exposed skin, inject a mild anesthetic, and suck up a small amount of blood. Bed bugs usually stay close to their host so bedrooms and sleeping areas are the most common places to find them. However, in larger infestations, bed bugs can move through a whole house and be found on any surface. Bed bugs feed up to twenty minutes at night, while the host sleeps, usually in the pre-dawn hours. If they are hungry and the light is low, bed bugs can also feed in the daylight hours. After feeding they crawl to a sheltered crevice where they’ll remain for several days while digesting the meal. Most people never feel the actual bite, but may notice welts, bumps and red splotches on the skin. The reaction to a bed bugs bite can vary widely, from not reacting at all to reacting extremely. Sometimes welts from a reaction to a bed bug bite may take weeks to appear. Bed bugs’ average lifespan is one year, but in ideal conditions some females have been observed to live 2 years or more. In 1 year a female may lay 300–500 eggs, depending on the temperature and the amount of food available. The eggs will hatch in about ten days and under ideal conditions the young can reach adult reproduction age in 45-60 days.
Bed bugs are resilient pests. A juvenile bed bug can survive for 3 months or more without feeding, and an adult can live over a year without feeding. Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of. They are resistant to most chemicals and simply throwing away infested furniture and bed parts won’t remedy your bed bug infestation. Bed bug infestations are serious and should always be handled by a professional pest control specialist.
Island Pest Control offers Bed Bug Heat Treatments for Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort homeowners and property managers. We’ll have you bed bug free after 1 treatment. Call our office today at 843-681-5188 if you suspect bed bugs in your home. We will be happy to answer any question you have or set up an inspection to identify bed bugs in your building. With over 1,000 homes treated and a 100% success rate, we are Hilton Head Island’s bed bug experts! And we back our treatments with a 6 months 100% Bed Bugs and Eggs Dead, Re-treat FREE Guarantee. To learn about our Bed Bug Heat Treatments for Hilton Head Island, Bluffton or Beaufort.
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