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Exterminating Bed Bugs Is No Small Feat

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Bed bugs, bed bugs, bed bugs! Are you wondering why everyone is still talking about bed bugs? Well, bed bugs are constantly being talked about because they are still a major threat to home and business owners all over the country. In light of Bed Bug Awareness Week coming up in April (22-26), Action Pest Control wants to provide you with some information about bed bugs. We hope that this information will help you to understand more about these pests, including what they look like, how they travel, and why they require the services of a pest control professional to be eliminated from your home.

Adult bed bugs are visible to the human eye but they are still very difficult to find. These bugs are flat and oval. A bed bug’s color varies from brownish to red color, and they are most active at night while you are sound asleep. Their shape makes it very easy for them to squeeze in between the cracks and crevices of walls, furniture, flooring, and mattresses. If you think you may have a problem with bed bugs in your home the best way to attempt to spot them on your own is with a flashlight. Using a flashlight, look in between the cracks of your walls, wooden furniture, etc. If they are present, you may be able to see them scurrying away from the light.

Many people believe that if their home is neat they will not have a problem with bed bugs. However, this is not true. No matter how clean your home is or isn’t it will not increase or decrease your chance of an infestation. Bed bugs are opportunistic and expert hitchhikers. Since they can’t jump or fly, they will instead crawl onto people or their belongings and easily enter in their homes. It also doesn’t take a whole village of bed bugs climbing into your luggage to cause a problem within your home. Just 1 or 2-bed bugs crawling into your bag, luggage, or your coat can easily lead to your home being quickly overrun with bed bugs in just a few short weeks. This is why it is extremely important to take precautions like inspecting hotel rooms before staying, immediately washing laundry after trips, not leaving purses and bags on the ground in public places, and always being cautious about bringing used furniture and clothing into your home.

If bed bugs do end up finding their way into your home don’t despair! The experts at Action Pest Control are ready to work with you to get rid of these pests. We use a very effective combination of detection and elimination services. Our bed bug detection services involve the use of specially trained canines that have over a 98% accuracy rating when it comes to finding bed bugs, no matter what developmental stage a bed bug may be in. If bed bugs are found in your home we will use our bed bug treatment to eliminate your infestation. This involves heating your home to a specific temperature and using specially designed heaters. Heat remediation will kill all the life stages of bed bugs living in your home including eggs. Using heat to get rid of bed bugs is not only environmentally friendly but is very safe for you, your family, and your personal belongings.

Exterminating bed bugs from your home is a serious business and is something that should only be handled by professionals. Do-it-yourself bed bug control methods found at your local hardware store or other big box stores are ineffective. Over time bed bugs have built up a resistance to most common pesticide solutions. Besides DIY pesticides being ineffective, these chemicals are also dangerous. If these over-the-counter treatments are used or mixed improperly they can cause serious health consequences for you, your family, and pets.

Don’t waste your time and money with DIY treatments. At the first signs of bed bugs in your home contact Action Pest for information about ridding these pests from your home. Our professionals are trained, experienced, and equipped to handle these kinds of pests. Stop trying to battle bed bugs on your own. Action can help eliminate this problem for you in no time and help restore your peace of mind!