Bed bugs are a worldwide pest that is very annoying to humans.
If you have a bed bug infestation, professional exterminators are highly recommended.
Adult bedbugs can live from six to twenty-four months, and reproduce very quickly: the female bedbug can lay up to five hundred eggs in her lifetime. Neglecting the presence of bed bugs can quickly cause a massive infestation that you will quickly regret.
Unfortunately, it is often difficult to detect the presence of bed bugs before you are bitten. However, it is still possible to detect them in advance by inspecting certain strategic locations where bed bugs like to hide.
Bed bugs usually bite in the parts of the body least covered by bedding. The most exposed areas are usually the face, neck and arms.
Bed bugs bite in a cluster, i.e. a single bed bug will bite in several different places in the same area of the body.
The shape of a bed bug bite is flat and tiny. The only exception to this rule is when the bite is inflamed, in which case it will be slightly swollen.
Bed bug bites are fairly easy to recognise and are much more itchy than mosquito bites. If you wake up with all of these symptoms, you are definitely dealing with a bed bug infestation.
These bites can be particularly bothersome in your daily life, not only because of the itchiness, but also because some of the bites are visible and can make you feel socially awkward.
Before you are bitten by a bed bug, it is sometimes possible to spot them as a result of a strategic inspection or even by chance. Since bed bugs are secretive insects that only attack their prey at night, if you start seeing them too often in your bedroom, it’s high time to call in the exterminators.
Here’s what should confirm your suspicions about bed bugs if you have suspicious bites.
Bed bugs normally only come out at night. If you come across them when you wake up in the middle of the night, this is a bad sign. If you come across them in the daytime, your infestation is already very heavy.
Bed bugs, like many insects, leave droppings wherever they go. If you look at your mattresses, box springs or baseboards and see droppings, they are probably bed bugs.
These insects can reproduce at an impressive rate. It is therefore not uncommon to find eggs in the middle of your box springs, mattresses or other baseboards. An infestation of bed bugs can quickly get out of control as these creatures are so efficient at reproducing.
This issue has been addressed and evaded in many ways over the past decades. Where do bed bugs come from? Although it is counter-intuitive, the cause of their appearance has nothing to do with cleanliness. The following is a list of some of the possibilities leading to the appearance of these pests in the home.
It is possible to bring them back from a trip to a place already infested with these insects.
It is possible that a friend or family member has them at home and has transported them via physical contact.
They can be transported home with a salvaged or second-hand piece of infested furniture.
It is possible to have brought them from a recently visited public establishment (hotel, library, workplace, restaurant… etc.)
It is possible that they have moved from the neighbour’s house to his home through the walls or ceilings.
They may already have been there when you arrived if you have recently moved.
It is likely that you will never know how you got infected with bed bugs. However, knowing how they spread can help you to be more vigilant in risky situations.
Very often, bed bugs come from travel, either from the homeowner or from guests.
Bed bugs are very small and can easily slip into a suitcase or onto clothing. This is even more true of their larvae, which can be difficult to see with the naked eye.
So if you are not sleeping at home, you can :
In any case, prevention is the key word when it comes to bed bugs. They proliferate quickly and their bites are particularly disturbing. Once they have settled in, there is no choice but to call in bed bug exterminators.
Prevention is better than cure! In order to live in a bed bug free home, it is necessary to maintain your home on a regular basis. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, bed bugs do not originate from a lack of cleanliness; they can even be found in the largest hotels that have impeccable hygiene. Nevertheless, certain conditions favour their reproduction. It is still necessary to keep your home clean and disinfected throughout the year.
Indeed, the following practices – carried out regularly – serve to prevent a mass infestation of bed bugs:
In the event of an infestation, professional insect control is essential.
Although they may look harmless, bed bugs carry a number of dangers.
Indeed, there is a fairly high probability that these pests are vectors of disease. One study concluded that bedbugs appear to be a qualified vector of Trypanosoma cruzi. In this experiment, bed bugs effectively acquired the parasite by feeding on infected mice. The bed bugs then retransmitted the parasite to susceptible hosts during cohabitation and through contaminated feces placed on the host’s skin. Quantitative measurements of the defecation patterns of C. lectularius confirm that bed bugs have a high potential for pathogen transmission via faeces.
In addition to this – as is well known in Mother Nature – the presence of bed bugs attracts other harmful and dangerous insects that are their natural predators. Among these predators are the Reduviidae:
Many of these predators are even more dangerous than bed bugs.
Getting rid of bed bugs on your own is very complicated.
Few commercially available techniques are really effective in the long term and you could make the situation worse by applying certain insecticides or unsuitable techniques that may at best do nothing, at worst excite them and bring them out of hiding.
If you have a steam cleaner, you can try to exterminate them yourself, knowing that both bed bugs and their larvae will die at a temperature of 60°C.
You can also try your luck with some commercial insecticides that specialise in treating bed bugs, but the results are very uncertain.
Hiring a bed bug exterminator offers by far the best chance of getting rid of bed bugs for good without the risk of recurrence. Professionals often have more powerful products and bed bug expertise that allow them to treat the problem quickly and permanently.
Bed bug control is a necessary practice once bed bugs have managed to settle in and reproduce. Among its advantages are:
Slowing or stopping the spread and movement of bed bugs to other homes.
Bed bug infestations can vary significantly from one location to another.
The surface area to be treated obviously plays a role in the price of a bed bug treatment, but the nature of the premises or the extent of the invasion can also influence the cost of the treatment.
Whether you’re a private individual with bed bug problems or a business with public access, such as a hotel recently invaded by bed bugs, our policy remains the same: the quote is 100% free.
Contact our teams to find out how much it costs to have bed bug exterminators come to your location.
All you need to do is to submit an online request for a quote or make a quick phone call and we will arrange a first meeting. This first visit serves to assess the seriousness of the situation and to give you the most accurate estimate possible.
Our estimate is completely free and does not commit you to anything! You pay nothing until you decide to start the treatment protocol.
Each situation is complex and unique. It is therefore necessary to have a number of treatment techniques at your disposal in order to be able to adapt it to each individual case. This explains why our price offer is personalised and takes into account the type of your home, the extent of the invasion and your personal constraints. Once these parameters have been collected, we are able to draw up a tailor-made action plan which is translated into a detailed quote. This is communicated to you in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises at the time of invoicing.
Do you have any doubts about the future effectiveness of our intervention? All our services are guaranteed. If, after our intervention, you notice the return of the undesirable pests within the guarantee period, we undertake to return free of charge during a visit to establish a second intervention protocol in order to avoid reinfestation.
Unfortunately, eradication alone is not enough. It is also recommended to invest in a prevention plan. Following our intervention, our technicians will give you the best advice to avoid being invaded again in the months/years to come. For professionals, it is often necessary to set up a complete prevention plan including regular control by a technician.
In addition to guaranteeing you an optimal result, we are also committed to respecting a quality charter of a high standard. In this way, you will benefit from the best pest control service available on the market. Our employees are regularly trained in the latest innovations. In addition, we use products with a low environmental impact in order to protect the environment and the health of the occupants.
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