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Do You Know How To Identify Bed Bugs In Your Home?

April 10, 2014

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Are you ready for the good news? Bed bug awareness week is coming up and the professionals at Moyer are excited. Since this bed bug week is fast approaching the experts at Moyer want to help you brush up on your bed bug knowledge. So lets get started!

Did you know that bed bugs are still a threat to people all across the country? It’s true! They are still actively hitchhiking into people’s homes and causing homeowners stress and sleepless nights. The good news is that while they can be difficult to eliminate, with professional help you can successfully get rid of these pests from your home.

Bed bugs are a parasitic insect that feed on the blood of mammals and they particularly like human blood. Adult bed bugs are about ¼ of an inch in length, are a flat oval shape and reddish brown in color. They do not fly or jump so their main ways of travel are “hitchhiking” a ride on a host, crawling to a new area through walls, pipes and floors or entering into a new home on used furniture or other used items. Bed bugs are mostly nocturnal and will feed on their hosts during the night while they are sleeping. Contrary to popular belief, most people do not have a reaction to bed bug bites. If there is a reaction it is very similar to other insect bites making it difficult to determine whether bed bugs are present or not by just relying on the presence of a bite.

So even though bed bugs can be very difficult to find and identify to the untrained eye, they can leave signs of their presence behind. Some sure fire signs that bed bugs have most likely invaded your home include:

  • Finding dark rusty colored flecks (excrement) on your sheets, or underneath your mattress or box spring.

  • Seeing small dots of blood on your sheets or pillowcases.

  • Finding piles of dead bed bugs or their skins underneath your mattress, box spring, or in any other area of your home.

  • Seeing actual live adult bed bugs in your mattress, or with the help of a flashlight in the cracks of wooden furniture, walls or near floor boards.

If you think that you may have a problem with bed bugs in your home you should immediately contact a professional pest control company. The professionals at Moyer can start inspecting your home for bed bugs using specially trained K-9 bed bug detection dogs. Our bed bug dogs are highly trained and have a 98% accuracy rating at identifying bed bugs, no matter what stage of life they are in. If bed bugs are found to be present in your home we can treat them using heat treatments. Specialized portable heaters will be brought into your home and set to a specific temperature that will kill all bed bugs, eggs and larvae found in your home.

Exterminating bed bugs is tricky business is best left to the pros. Moyer’s experts can quickly identify bed bugs that may be present in your home and form a customized plan of action. No more wondering how to get rid of bed bugs when you have our help! For more information about our bed bug inspection services or bed bug treatment options give us a call today!

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