Bed Bug Prevention and Elimination
Bed bug prevention and elimination is no job for amateurs. If you have them, you’re almost certainly going to need professional help to get rid of them. Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and become a reddish color. Thankfully, though they are a nuisance, they do not transmit diseases.
Bed bugs may enter a home or business undetected by hiding in many different places:
- Used mattresses and couches
- Used furniture
- And other items
Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces approximately the width of a credit card. Bed bugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups where they can hide easily.
Residential Bed Bug Control
Bed bugs are a domesticated pest, meaning they’re not normally found in the wild. Most infestations occur when a person unwittingly brings hitchhiking bed bugs back to their homes from another infested area. Their preferred hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards, where they have easy access to feed on people during the night. Your best bet to spot a potential invasion is to look for their droppings – small, brownish stains on your mattress or sheets.
Commercial Bed Bug Control
It’s assumed that bed bugs are only found in houses and apartments, but the truth is they can infest any area that has a sufficient food supply. Because they are often transported by accident, your business could be infested without any obvious signs at first. Certain places are more at-risk than others:
- Healthcare facilities
- Office buildings
- Schools and day care facilities
While normally associated with unsanitary conditions, bed bugs can strike anywhere at any time. To keep your employees, customers, and patients safe, you should always be on the lookout to catch a potential infestation before it gets worse.
Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Illinois and Wisconsin
Bed bugs are tough, resilient creatures that can go months without a meal and will reproduce quickly. Because of this, even the smallest infestation requires a full quarantine to ensure 100 percent elimination. If you discover bed bugs in your home or business, don’t delay – contact Anderson Pest Solutions immediately to schedule a full inspection.
For more information about Anderson’s bed bug elimination program and what you can do to prepare for treatment, check out the links below.