Bedbugs are a blood sucking
parasite that can create great discomfort as their bites can occur on any part of the body. These pests feed at night and hide during the day, and often go undetected until their numbers are significant. They are reddish-brown in color and often resemble a tick, but bedbugs have 6 legs instead of the 8 legs found on ticks.
The occurrence of bedbugs is on the rise, in part, due to increased international travel and influx of persons from outside the U.S. These parasites are hitchhikers that often spread to new locations via luggage, furniture, and even clothing. Bedbugs can flatten their body and move through tiny cracks and crevices without detection.
Some signs of bedbug infestation include small, dark, blood spots on bedding and unexplained bites or welts on body
. Since bedbugs can feed without being detected, they can increase their population in a short period of time. Bedbugs hide in mattress folds and tags, behind electrical outlet covers, ceiling plates of lights and fans, in cracks and crevices, under baseboards, pictures hanging on the wall, night stands
, bed frames, in boxes or items under the bed, in dresser drawers, and in closets and furniture. They stay close to the host they are feeding on, but as their numbers increase, they spread out to other areas.
To prevent these pests, you should avoid second hand or “curbside” furniture and mattresses, reduce clutter, and check hotel rooms for signs of these pests so they don't hitch a ride home with you. Mattress covers are a great way to seal out the pests—they will eventually die without a blood meal.
If you suspect that bedbugs have invaded your home, call Pioneer Exterminating Co.
for an inspection. If an infestation is found, you can follow the Proper Procedures Prior to Bedbug Treatment
and we will work with you to eliminate these pests from your home.