Regal can help you exterminate bed bugs in Westchester NY. With the use of careful chemical application, treatment preparations, and preventative tools, bed bugs can be eliminated. One such preventative tool is the bed bug proof box spring cover. This will force these insects to travel farther to their victims and cross a treated area.
As bed bugs have become more commonplace in the last few years, the pest control industry is keeping pace with this insect to help mitigate infestations. The most significant factor for the spread of bed bugs is international travel and past reliance on ineffective pest control methods. Unfortunately bed bugs spread quickly and can easily get into clothing, luggage, and even common transportation vehicles. Consequently no one is immune from an infestation.
Regal Pest recognizes that effective bed bug control is through careful area preparation, and following a precise bed bug treatment protocol. To completely remove bed bugs from your property the extermination process needs to be consistent and thorough. Since their reappearance, bed bugs are much more resistant to chemicals that have previously been in use. And we now find that insecticides often used for roaches and similar insects are ineffective.
The first step in treatment for bed bugs is to correctly identify the infestation. Often the first sign of a problem is bite marks that may be red or slightly swollen. Approximately 50% of bed bug victims do not show any evidence of bites. For those that are sensitive to bites, antihistamines and corticosteroids may be given to help relieve the itching.
These tenacious pests are about 1/4 of an inch in length, while hatchlings are about the size of a poppy seed. They are oval, flat, and reddish brown. They have piercing mouthparts to draw blood for food. After getting their fill of blood, the females will lay eggs in batches of up to 200 at a time. The eggs hatch in about 1 to 2 weeks and newborn bed bugs will be ready to lay their own eggs in 4 to 8 weeks.
Bed bugs can be found often by looking for black stains or smears on beds, which are the bugs’ droppings. Sometimes an engorged bug is accidentally killed or disgorged by accidental crushing, and this will result in a visible blood stain. Most often these insects hide in cracks and crevices of a room including furniture, moldings, outlets, and carpeting. They generally stay as close to the host (you) as possible.
While many bed bugs hide in mattresses, some may also hide in a sofa or chair, or behind wall paper or pictures. Thoroughness is the only real way to get rid of Bed Bugs. Every corner and crevice needs to be searched. As you might guess, this means that simply getting rid of an infected mattress will not completely solve the problem. Should you have a bed bug infestation in the Westchester County area, please call the experts at Regal Pest Management for an inspection.