How Does Pest Control Look For Bed Bugs?
Pest control professionals know that bed bugs are a common problem in homes, hotels, apartment complexes, and other places where people sleep. The best way to keep them out is to identify and eliminate an infestation before it becomes too widespread.
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Fortunately, pest control experts have many methods for identifying and eradicating these pesky insects from your home. However, it is important to know that attempting to remove them on your own can be a very frustrating and costly process.
One of the first things that an exterminator will do is perform a visual inspection. The technician will use a magnifying glass and special UV lights to search for signs of bed bugs in your home. They will also look for evidence of their presence on your mattress, in the seams of your box spring, by your headboard, and under your carpet.
The next step is to inspect the furniture that surrounds your bed, such as your nightstands and dressers. These furniture items can be easy to miss, especially if they have small cracks or crevices that a bed bug can hide in.
A reputable pest control company will thoroughly examine all the furniture in your home that is near your bed and will be able to tell if they are likely to harbor or host an infestation of bed bugs. They will then make recommendations for what you should do about your furniture to keep them clean and free of these unwanted pests.
During a home inspection, your pest control technician will also ask you to take all of the sheets off of your bed and examine them carefully for any signs of bed bug activity. These signs may include fecal spots and blood stains that the bugs leave behind while they are feeding on their hosts.
These stains, which range from tiny black dots to larger reddish-brown smears, will be visible both in the areas that the bugs are hiding in and on your bed sheets. They can contain bits of feces, some blood, and even vomit from when the bugs overfeed on their hosts.
Another indication that bed bugs are present in your home is if you have any bites on your skin. These bites, which can be itchy and uncomfortable, will likely be located on parts of your body that are exposed during the course of your sleep, such as your arms, legs, hands, and face.
As a rule, bed bugs are nocturnal creatures that can be very hard to spot during the daytime. If you see them, it is best to call a professional right away to get them treated quickly and effectively.
When you are able to find and eliminate a bed bug infestation, it is usually less expensive and much easier to treat than if the problem becomes more widespread. A reputable pest control company will offer an initial inspection and treatment free of charge, as well as follow up with additional inspections and treatments to ensure that the problem is completely eradicated.