Few things strike fear into the heart of property owners like the words, “Bed Bugs.” Despite their name, bed bugs can live for up to a year without food in just about any room of the house. They have been found in all types of dwellings and vehicles including homes, apartments, dorm rooms, hotels, movie theaters, airplanes and buses. They are commonly found in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, furniture, couches, under baseboards, and in wall voids behind switch plates and receptacles. They’re most comfortable in bedding, furniture, and carpet, and it may take you months to even realize there’s an issue.
The first step in getting rid of bed bugs is determining whether or not your home is infested. The most common signs of bed bugs we see at Thomas Pest Control include:
Bed bugs can range in size from as small as 1/16” to 3/8” and are usually reddish-brown. They look similar to small apple seeds.
As bed bugs feed, they leave fecal spots that are dark in color and usually appear as small smears or smudges on fabrics or other porous surfaces.
Although several pests can leave bite marks, bed bugs feed exclusively at night. Bites most often appear in the morning after sleep and show up as red, itchy welts.
If you suspect you may have bed bugs, it’s important not to panic. Bed bugs are not an indication of cleanliness – you can pick them up at the office, on public transportation, or even staying in a hotel! Calling a professional exterminator immediately is your best course of action.
At Thomas Pest Control, we treat bed bugs in Charlotte using thermal remediation, also known as Bed Bug Heat Treatment. Heat Treatments are a non-toxic approach to bed bug treatment that penetrates walls, mattresses, and other surfaces by directly and evenly heating a space. Bed bugs are killed wherever they are, no matter what growth stage they’re in. This is critical since not all bed bug treatments effectively kill eggs, leading to a latent infestation. Heat treatments can eradicate all stages of bed bugs in one treatment.
After treatment, your Thomas Pest Control Technician we will return to verify all bed bugs are dead.
Have signs of bed bugs in your home? Set up a consultation today to find out how serious the issue really is, and discuss your options for treatment.
Thomas Pest Control is ready to help.