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According to WebMD, bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Female bed bugs may lay hundreds of eggs over a lifetime, each being about the size of a speck of dust. Before they become adults, immature bed bugs (called nymphs) shed their skins five times. Adult bed bugs are approximately the size of an apple seed and have flat bodies. Under favorable conditions within our Sandusky homes, bed bugs can reach maturity in as little as a month. So, what do you need to know about bed bugs and bed bug removal?
Characteristics Of Bed Bugs
Named bed bugs because of where they are commonly found, bed bugs can fit into tiny spaces (as little as the width of a credit card). Their typical hiding places are mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards because they have easy access to bite people in the night. Bed Bugs live solely on blood, so people sleeping in beds are the perfect place for them to thrive. Now that we all have the heebie-jeebies, how can you tell if you have bed bugs?
Only half of the population is allergic to bed bugs, making it difficult to know whether you have an infestation or not. Bites are the most commonly reported sign of an infestation. If you wake up with itchy areas or raised red bumps that weren’t there when you went to sleep, you just might have bed bugs. Some other signs to look for are dark spots on sheets and mattresses or shed skin near or on your bed. If you are concerned that you might have an infestation, you can call for an inspection by trained professionals. If you do, in fact, have bed bugs, don’t panic, this is where Restore Pro comes in.
Restore Pro specializes in safe and effective bed bug removal in Sandusky and surrounding areas. Because bed bugs have adapted to chemical treatments, these methods will not ensure the removal of the pests. Through heat treatments, the temperature in the room is increased to lethal levels for bed bugs (around 120 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit). All areas that may be harboring bed bugs including mattresses, furniture, clothing, and carpeting can be treated at the same time. Heat treatments can achieve 100% extermination of all stages of bed bugs in only one working day, requires less preparation than other methods, provides a safe alternative to chemical treatments, and can be used as both localized and structure treatment. Don’t wait any longer to call for help if you suspect bed bugs or the problem could worsen and affect you getting a good night’s sleep.
When you consider the amount of time we spend in our beds, it is important we keep them clean and clear of bed bugs. In fact, if the average night’s sleep is 8 hours that means that the average person spends about 26 years of their life in their beds sleeping. Bugs Without Borders conducted a survey and found that 97% of pest professionals have treated bed bugs in the last year alone, with 91% of the cases being in single-family homes. If you suspect your home could be infested with bed bugs, call Restore Pro right away for an inspection.
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