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Identify Pest: How to Tell if You Have a Bed Bug Infestation

Do you know if you have bed bugs in your home? The sooner you discover a bed bug infestation, the better. Since a single bed bug can lay over a dozen eggs a day, it doesn’t take long for few bed bugs to explode into a full blown bed bug infestation. Bed bug infestations have become common in New York City, Long Island, Rockland County and Westchester County.

get-bed-bug-help-fastWhere to Find Bed Bugs

Bed bugs live where they eat. Nocturnal feeders, bed bugs will hide where they can easily bite you or your pets while you sleep—and that usually means your bed. But that isn’t the only place to find bed bugs. They will hide in furniture, cracks in the wall, in your clock radio, electrical sockets and vents in your bed room, living room, even your laundry room. They sense the carbon dioxide humans and pets exhale and will crawl from room to room, seeking a blood meal.

How to Find Out if You Have Bed Bugs

 

Bed bug bites can appear as a red, itchy rash.

If you wait until you get bitten by a bed bug, you have waited too long. Bed bugs can cause large red welts that often itch, but not everyone reacts to their bites. A bed bug infestation may be well established by the time you notice a bite.It pays to be alert, especially after you or a family member have traveled, or after you have hosted guests.Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. They can be roundish in shape if they haven’t fed, or can be shaped like an extended oval if they have just had a blood meal.Because bed bugs shun light and are skilled at hiding out of sight, it is easier to start by looking for signs of bed bugs rather than the bed bugs themselves. Look for black spots the size of poppy seeds sprinkled in groups on your sheets and mattress. These spots are the dried blood excrement of bed bugs. Look near the bed, on your headboard, walls and floors near your bed and in furniture and drawers next to your bed.

  1. Look for discarded “skins” that bed bugs have shed as they grow. These will be yellowish and translucent. You might also find egg sacs if you are sharp eyed. Egg sacs are very tiny— about 1 millimeter across and look like pearly white oblong pellets.
  2. You can look for adult bed bugs. They are reddish brown, crawling insects about the size of an apple seed. Search for them at night with the lights off and use a flashlight to surprise them before they can scurry and hide. Bed bugs are most active between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Peel back the sheets of your bed. Inspect seams and labels. Look under the mattress. Pull the bed away from the headboard. Check in and around nearby furniture. Don’t forget other rooms of your house.
  3. Bed bug bites are the most unpleasant sign of a bed bug infestation. They feel and look like extra itchy mosquito bites. Bed bugs bite in a pattern—usually a line of three bites that some call “breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.

This magnified view shows bed bug eggs, bed bug nymphs, and bed bug fecal matter.

When You Have Bed Bugs You Need the Best

Bed bugs are a serious problem that requires choosing the most qualified help you can find. Knockout Pest Control exceeds the New York licensing requirements with both QualityPro and Quality Pro Green ratings, awarded to fewer than 10% of pest control companies nationwide. You are assured of:

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  • Employee screening, hiring practices, and comprehensive background and reference checks
  • Rigorous financial responsibility criteria
  • Service vehicle and employee appearance requirements
  • Job safety and environmental stewardship obligations regarding pesticide handling and use
  • Integrity, accuracy and clarity in marketing, advertising and warranty conditions
  • Provision for comprehensive technician training in integrated pest management including inspection, pest identification, establishment of threshold levels for pest activity, appropriate application of control and management measures, and effectiveness evaluation, with testing and certification to a standard in excess of New York licensing requirements.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Your Bed Bug Infestation

knockout-bed-bugs-pestsIf you find yourself facing down a bed bug infestation, we can knock them out and keep them down for the count. Our innovative, green treatments, like Cryonite®, and our deep knowledge and bed bug expertise puts them down for the count. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester, Rockland and Bergen Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 for fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!

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