Bed Bug Exterminator in Elk Grove
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Bed Bug Pest Control in Elk Grove
Bed Bugs are a serious pest in Sacramento and Elk Grove area. These bugs create an insidious problem for many home and business owners. While bed bugs can latch onto pets and smaller mammals to feed, their primary and preferred food source is human blood.
Once they find and latch onto a new host, they can feed for 5-10 days. What makes them hard to eradicate is that after feeding they can hide and survive for months up to a year.
Using home remedies will only prolong your bed bug issues by allowing them to continue to breed and spread. Note that female bed bugs can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime.
What are Bed Bugs and Where Do They Come From?
Bed bugs are a small reddish-brown parasitic insect, about ¼ inch (5mm) in length. They latch onto humans and and feed on their blood. They can also feed on the blood of house pets. Bed bugs are usually nocturnal, though they may show themselves during the day.
The eggs of bed bugs are about 1mm long, with an almost transparent white color. Once hatched, it takes a bed bug one to two months to start reproducing and laying new eggs. Bed bug bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites.
Bed bugs prefer human nesting areas, like beds, couches, chairs, and furniture, but they can live anywhere in your house. How do bed bugs enter your home? Bud bugs are traveling bugs, and enter a home or business by hitching a ride on luggage, clothes, tote bags, or backpacks.
Once an infestation starts, bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of. If you suspect an infestation, contact the Pointer Pest Control team immediately.
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Types of Bed Bugs in Elk Grove
In the Sacramento and Elk Grove area, there is one type of bed bug. The Common Bed Bug (Cimex Lectularius) is a small insect about 5mm in length at maturity, with a reddish-brown color. Bed bugs do not fly or jump, but they can crawl quickly. They are flat, oval shaped bugs that are sometimes mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Since bed bugs tend to conceal their presence until they have spread to multiple rooms, most homeowners and businesses do not notice the signs of an infestation until it has progressed to a problematic state. These are typical signs of a bed bug infestation.
- Bug bites appearing at night. These will appear like clusters of small itchy red bumps typically on the arms, hands, and legs.
- Blood stains on sheets. Bed bugs feed on human blood. After feeding, they are sometimes crushed by our bodies. You may find red or rust colored stain on your sheets and pillows.
- Musty odor. Bed bug pheromone scents have been compared to the smell of berries, coriander, and cilantro.
- Insect excrement. These tiny brown or black spots may be smeared on your sheets, pillows, or clothing.
- Translucent white eggs. These tiny white ovals may be hard to spot, but you can often find them near hiding areas or on various surfaces.
- Shed skin. Tiny bed bug exoskeletons can be found in around mattress seams, furniture, and other sites.
Bed Bug Inspection in Elk Grove
Before beginning a bed bug treatment, it is important to confirm that you have a bed bug infestation. There are pests that have similar infestation signs, and we want to make sure we are treating the correct pest.
During our inspection, we will look at all the places bed bugs may harbor and nest, and look for the signs of an infestation. We will also determine the severity of the infestation. This inspection will allow us to create the correct treatment plan that will help eradicate bed bugs from your home or business.
Bed Bug Treatments for Elk Grove Homeowners
Heat TreatmentsDuring a heat treatment, the pest control technician brings in a specialized piece of equipment that heats the room to a point where the bed bugs die. Bed bugs and eggs die within 90 minutes at 118°F (48°C) or immediately at 122°F (50°C). During a heat treatment, the air temperature in the room is typically between 135°F (57.2°C) and 145°F (62.7 °C). Any pets, or items that could melt in heat above 150°F should be moved out of the room being processed during the treatment. A heat treatment can take about six to eight hours. If sanitation practices are not followed, the building or home may become re-infested. Heat treatments kill the bugs that are currently present.
Insecticide TreatmentsAn insecticide treatment may only take a couple of hours to administer but may require a few treatments to fully eradicate the bed bugs. A typical treatment plan is to use different types of insecticides to target the bed bug infestation.
- A fast-acting insecticide which kills bugs in human nesting areas, like mattresses and couches.
- Residual insecticide for inner cracks and crevices of surfaces humans touch, such as furniture crevices, or undersides of counters.
- Dust insecticide which settles on areas where humans rarely touch, and void areas, such as baseboards or behind electrical outlets.
Can a Bed Bug Infestation Survive the Extermination Treatments?In very extreme infestations, it is possible there will be some activity after the treatment. If you see any bed bug activity, notify our pest control team, and we will take care of the situation. By checking normal activity areas, you will be able to see if there is further bed bug activity – this would happen right away after the treatment. In most cases, the initial treatment plan will 100% eradicate the infestation.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs are a formidable, invasive, parasitic pest which home owners and hotel owners should never try to deal with alone. Treating bed bugs requires a specialized pest treatment and implementing the proper cleaning procedures to ensure neutralization. Here are a few helpful recommendations and tip to avoid having a bed bug infestation in the first place:
- Vacuum carpet and rugs in your home on a regular basis.
- Wash bedding and blankets with a hot water cycle regularly.
- Inspect your mattress and seams regularly for signs of bed bugs, such as reddish brown stains and tiny shed exoskeletons.
- Use a protective cover for your mattress. This can help prevent your mattress from ever being affected.
- Immediately bag affected clothing, sheets, or other suspected contaminated items to contain spreading.
- Seal cracks, crevices, and door sweeps to help prevent bed bugs from entering and spreading.
- Reduce clutter in your home to prevent creating harborage sites.
- Do not bring in second hand mattresses, furniture, and other items without properly inspecting them first.
- Avoid staying in noticeably dirty hotels, motels, or other overnight spaces.
- Lastly, a regular interior and exterior bed bug protection plan will prevent bed bug nymphs from ever hatching.
Service Areas for Bed Bug Extermination
We provide bed bug control, bed bug fumigation, treatment, and extermination for the following cities.
- Citrus Heights
- Elk Grove
- Fair Oaks
- Gold River
- Granite Bay
- Rancho Cordova
- Rio Linda
- West Sacramento
Contact Your Local Bed Bug Experts
If you spot bed bugs or suspect you might them, please don’t wait until they become a nightmare for your family. Let Pointer Pest Control help you eliminate them. With over 18 years of experience in the Greater Sacramento area, we have the know-how to completely eliminate the bed bugs from your home or property. Call our team, your friendly and reliable bed bug pest control experts.
Schedule your free bed bug inspection today (916) 892-0005. We offer a pest service that is 100% guaranteed to work and backed by our Pointer Promise warranty to ensure your complete satisfaction (free unlimited treatments in between).
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