Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood! Professional evaluation and treatment is essential for those who even suspect they might have a bedbug infestation. The sooner, the better, so do NOT wait–call us today! AAA Pest Control has affordable bed bug solutions for customers throughout the South Florida area.
Bed bug infestation is becoming epidemic in the USA. Florida is the third highest-ranked state in bed bug population. A household pest for more than 3300 years, bed bugs date back to ancient Egypt and were first brought to the United States by early colonists. Though they thrived for many centuries, by the 1950s, they’d nearly been eradicated in the developed world.
New pest control products (such as DDT) and use of vacuums and washing machines kept bed bug populations down throughout much of the 20th century. Several factors led to their resurgence in the late 1990s, including increased international travel, more targeted pest control products and methods and a lack of public awareness about pest prevention methods.
Bed bugs are once again a huge problem in this country and there have been many reports of infestation in some of the best hotels and apartment buildings in New York City. Once again, Florida has also been under attack by these pests. Our humid climate offers a suitable condition for bed bugs that feed on human and animal blood. They like warmth and are active year-round.
Notoriously hard to detect, bed bugs hide in bed frames, mattresses and box springs, clothing, luggage, furniture, book bindings, behind baseboards, and under wallpaper. Check the seams of your bedding and other furniture. Check for red stains on your bedding or mattress. Look for dark fecal matter spots and brownish molted “skins” left behind.
Do You Feel Itchy When You Wake Up?
Bed bug bites can resemble bites of other insects such as mosquitoes, fleas and spiders. A typical bed bug bite will appear as an itchy red welt on your body. These bites will often occur on your upper body, usually on your arms and shoulders. The bites are often in a straight line.
Some people have little reaction to these, which can make them hard to detect. Others are bothered by itching and allergic reactions. You usually do NOT wake up or feel the bite, because bed bugs inject their own anesthetic into the skin before they suck the blood!
Comprehensive Bed Pest Control Services
There is some good news: bed bugs do not carry serious diseases. The bad news: they are extremely hard to detect and treat yourself. If you suspect a bedbug infestation, you will NEED professional help – so call AAA Pest Control today! We offer full-service pest control and prevention services to residential and commercial clients throughout South Florida.
Our licensed, insured and experienced technicians will visit you for a totally free, no-obligation inspection and honest assessment. If needed, we can offer you all of the best treatment options to suit your needs and budget.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips
- Use luggage racks and luggage mats, do not put luggage on the floor or under the bed.
- Check bedding for signs of infestation when you travel.
- Wash clothing and inspect luggage immediately after returning from a trip
- Inspect used furniture for bed bugs before bringing it into your home.
- Never bring discarded bed frames, mattresses, box springs, or upholstered furniture into your home.
Bed Bug Fast Facts
- A bedbug can drink three times its weight in blood in a single feeding.
- They can go days, weeks or even a year without feeding.
- They live as long as 18 months and lay as many as 200 eggs across a lifetime — that’s why they’re so tough to exterminate.
- Bed bugs can be found in every corner of the world.
- Cleanliness has nothing to do with it--bed bugs are found in five-star hotels.
- After a 60-year absence, bed bugs have made a comeback.
- Bed bugs do not travel on their own or enter from outside – they are always “brought in” to an environment, most commonly on luggage, clothing, or used furniture.
- Infestations can be found in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast hotels, dormitories, rentals, patient care centers, cruise ships, theaters, clothing stores, personal/public vehicles, and elsewhere.
- Over the last few years, bed bugs have seen a population increase of over 500% in the U.S alone.