How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Near Seattle
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Bed Bugs in Seattle
Bed bugs are a nasty nuisance. Active at night while you’re sleeping, they feed on your blood, and then crawl back into hiding.
Over the years, bed bugs have developed a resistance to pesticides. You’ll need a combination of prevention techniques and licensed pesticide applications to get rid of a bed bug infestation in your Seattle home.
Do not try using retail pesticides on your own. You’ll find they are ineffective and spread the problem to other areas of your home. And many people don’t use these chemicals correctly, causing illness to themselves and their pets.
Signs You Have Bed Bug Infestation
- Rusty-reddish stains on your bed sheets and mattress.
- Bed bug excrement, which appears as dark spots on the bedding or couch.
- Small white eggs and eggs shells.
- Live bed bugs.
- Bed bug bites (appearing as small, red bumps) on your body.
How to Find Bed Bugs
Find ALL of their hiding spots.
In the bedroom, check around the bed frame, box spring, beneath the mattress and in the seams, in gaps of the baseboard, and in cracks or crevices of nearby furniture. You may also find egg shells or shed skin.
In the living room, search every inch of the sofa, couch cushions, and reclining chairs. Don’t forget to look behind and underneath them, too.
You are a bed bug’s food source. So inspect every space in the house where you, your family, and your pets rest, nap, or sleep.
If your home is heavily infested, bed bugs are easier to find. They will crawl around freely, even attaching themselves to clothing as you get dressed!
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
You may have seen one but didn’t realize it was a bed bug. A well-fed adult has an oval-shaped abdomen smaller than an apple seed. They are wingless with a reddish-brown (blood) color.
A ‘hungry’ bed bug is flat and lighter in appearance. The younger ones are whitish and more difficult to spot.
What Do Their Eggs Look Like?
Bed bug eggs are tiny, about the size of a grain of salt, in a barrel-like shape. Visible to the naked eye, they’ll be white or pearl in color.
A sticky substance covers bed bug egg shells so they can stick to almost any surface.
Identifying Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are associated with sores, irritation, and itchiness. Some people experience an allergic reaction, insomnia, and anxiety. They will bite any area of exposed skin, but most often you’ll find bite marks on your legs, face, shoulder, neck, and arms.
You won’t feel the bites while you sleep, but you’ll wake up to black or pink spots on your skin and may notice minor inflammation.
If you ever discover these, you'll surely want to do something about it asap!
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
If you suspect a bed bug problem, contact Croach professional pest control to begin immediate treatments. It is important to prevent the spread of bed bugs before they become a full-fledged infestation.
Prevention is your top priority:
- Remove clutter.
- Vacuum areas where bed bugs like to hide.
- Seal cracks, holes, and crevices where bed bugs can hide.
- Inspect couches, mattresses, and other furniture you purchase before bringing them home.
Croach® Bed Bug Treatment Services
It takes several treatments, over several weeks, to inspect, treat and exterminate bed bugs. You should continue practicing prevention techniques and monitor hiding places even after treatment eliminates them.
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