Have you or members of your family woken up with red, itchy bites recently?
There’s a good chance you have bed bugs.
These members of the Cimicidae family are tiny insects. They aren’t ticks, but they do feed on blood—of you, your kids, or your pets. These blood suckers can grow up to a quarter of an inch long and usually have a flat, oval type shape. Their coloring is generally white or brown, and if you disturb them (e.g., move around, turn on the lights), they’ll try to run and hide. For this reason, smaller infestations can be hard to discover, because after you’ve woken up and began moving around, making noise, and so on, they’ll retreat to their hiding places and leave your skin itchy and irritated.
These insects can be very difficult to see if they’re smaller, but no matter the size, they’re a nuisance and a health hazard. We call them “bed bugs” because they like to live in soft materials like beds, but they can also crop up in your sofas, chairs, or anywhere else similar to that.
If you believe you have bed bugs, the smartest thing you can do to eliminate them from your home permanently is to immediately seek out a professional exterminator like those of us here at Pesticon.
Even If Your Home is Clean, You Can Get Bed Bugs
There’s a common misconception that in order to get bed bugs, you must have an unclean home in ill repair. For some homeowners, this makes “admitting” to having bed bugs embarrassing, but the fact of the matter is that these insects aren’t particularly attracted to a specific kind of environment. Whether a building is clean or dirty makes little difference to them—all they care about is whether or not there’s a steady supply of food (that’s you).
Bed bugs have been found in mansions and apartments, cruise ships and college dorms. Once they arrive, they’ll begin breeding. How they got there is an important consideration so that you can avoid it again in the future, and a professional exterminator might be able to help you discover their source so that after they’ve been removed you can make sure that they never return.
How Can a Professional Exterminator Help?
The first thing that a professional bed bug removal specialist will do is fully inspect your home. This will allow them to determine the size of the infestation and where the bed bugs are keeping themselves hidden. This is necessary information for knowing how to best proceed with the removal process. That might be a bed bugs heat treatment or other tactic, but the experienced exterminators at Pesticon understand that the fumigation Toronto residents think they might need isn’t always necessary. This may be the case in your home too, meaning that in many situations bed bug removal can be relatively unobtrusive to your daily routine.
Once a professional has helped you eliminate the bed bugs in your home, they’ll most likely be able to tell you their thoughts on how the bed bugs arrived in the first place, and give you advice for how to best prevent another infestation from taking place. This might include sealing up even the smallest cracks and crevasses in your home—after all, bed bugs are tiny, and will do anything they can to take up residence in your residence. By following the advice of a professional, you can ensure that a re-infestation never occurs again in your dwelling. To learn more about your options and get rid of these common pests permanently, we invite you to contact us today.
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