A Guide To Effective Bed Bug Eradication In Pasadena

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You may be reading this article because you noticed itchy, red bites on your body, so you have been searching the internet to learn if bed bugs may be causing the bites. We hope you keep reading because we will give you helpful information that answers your questions. In addition, we will provide you with practical tips to keep bed bugs away from your house.  

We understand your desire to find a safe and effective way to eliminate bed bugs from your house. The best way to achieve your bed bug removal goal is to start with your local, family-owned Pasadena pest control company, Accutech Pest Management. We have eliminated bed bugs from homes for over twenty years. You will feel comfortable talking to our excellent customer service team when you call us. 

Please keep reading to learn more about bed bugs and what you can do to deter future infestations once we remove them from your Pasadena home.

Clear Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

Red, itchy bites on your body could be from mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, or mites, so how do you know if bed bugs are the cause? Another problem that adds to the mystery is that you don't tend to see bed bugs crawling in the room. You can hear mosquitoes buzzing by your head, see spider webs in the corner, and see fleas on the family pet, but bed bugs remain elusive. So, how do you know if bed bugs in Pasadena are feasting on your body while you sleep? 

To answer your question, here is a list of bed bug signs:

  • Bites
  • Bed bugs
  • Stains
  • Exoskeletons
  • Eggshells and eggs
  • Odor

Our list moves from the most visible to the least visible early signs of bed bugs, so let's explain each one in detail. 

Bed bug bites are red and itchy, but so are the wounds from other insects, but there are a few distinctions. Bed bug bites often appear in a cluster or line because each bug often pierces the skin a few times during the five to ten minutes it feeds. Furthermore, the bites are usually on exposed areas of the body; arms, legs, and chest. Fortunately, bed bugs do not spread disease, but persistent scratching can cause the wound sites to become infected, so be careful. 

Although only 1/4 inch long, adult bed bugs are visible without additional magnification. When fed, the bugs have a reddish-brown color and an elongated body; if they have not eaten for a few days, they will have flat, mahogany bodies. Bed bugs are insects, which means they have six jointed legs, two antennae, and a three-part body consisting of a head, pronotum, and abdomen. Bed bugs have wing pads but do not fly or possess actual wings. Baby bed bugs (nymphs) are almost colorless, and a magnifying glass is usually required if you hope to find them, especially if they are in the early growth stages (instars).

When the bugs feed on a host, they excrete reddish-brown waste. The fecal matter stains sheets and clothing; you may also find blemishes on walls. Feeding on a sleeping host is dangerous, and sometimes the marks are from a bed bug that met its fate when its food supplier rolled over. 

Because bed bugs are insects, their skeleton is on the outside of their bodies. This skeleton, called an exoskeleton, must be shed each time the bug enters a new growth stage. Bed bugs go through five instars, from the nymph stage to adulthood, discarding their exoskeleton at each phase. Investigate for cream-colored remains where you suspect bed bugs are present. A magnifying glass will help you find discarded exoskeletons from all the growth stages. 

Just like a chicken, female bed bugs lay eggs. When a bed bug emerges from its egg, it the eggshell behind. To see the cream-colored eggshells or the white 1/32-inch eggs requires magnification. 

Bed bugs produce a musty odor from a gland on their bodies. The aroma is not noticeable when the infestation is small, but as it grows exponentially, you will notice a musty smell in the room. 

Now that you know bed bug signs, the next question is; where do I investigate? Look for these signs in cracks in rooms where you sleep. Examine crevices between baseboards and walls and the corners. Investigate mattress seams, box springs, and bed linens on the bed. Look behind the headboard, picture frames, wallpaper seams, and electrical outlets. Search seams and cracks of upholstered wood furniture. 

If you see these signs in your Pasadena house, you need the bed bug pest control near you from Accutech Pest Management. We know the signs of a bed bug infestation and what to do when they are present in a house.

 

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