July 19, 2016 / Bed Bugs

Putting Bed Bugs To Permanent Rest So You Can Actually Sleep Tight

Putting Bed Bugs To Permanent Rest So You Can Actually Sleep Tight

Getting a good night of rest is difficult enough for most people. Unfortunately, the nightmare of tiny pests consuming your blood while you sleep is a harsh reality for many people around the world, and New Englanders are no exception. If you’ve ever heard the phrase "there’s no rest for the wicked" then you’ve heard the mantra of bed bugs worldwide.

These wicked pests use their slim and flat bodies to remain out of sight, but when it comes to bed bugs, out of sight is most certainly not out of mind. Performing frequent inspections is your best bet for avoiding a major infestation before it starts.

Dealing with bed bugs is like playing the world’s hardest game of hide-and-seek. Around the same size as an average tick, these reclusive pests spend most of their lives in hiding. Herein lies the catch of trying to find bed bugs: they’re awake when you aren’t, and they fill up quickly. Feeding as little as a few minutes at a time, bed bugs get their fill in between your tosses and turns and crawl back into hiding before you can even turn the lights on. It may be relatively easy to take prompt action against these blood-sucking pests, if they didn’t need only one meal to survive for up to an entire year.

Don’t Press The Snooze Button

Bed bugs become a noticeable problem once they’ve been given the time to reproduce, which they don’t need much of. Females can lay up to twelve eggs per day, and the eggs hatch anywhere from 6 to 17 days afterward. Though it is on the higher end of the spectrum, in just 2 weeks you could have over 150 bed bugs in the cracks and crevices of your bedding and the areas nearby. Unlike fleas and other common house pests that could be mistaken for bed bugs, these pests have a lifespan that can be over one year. With a very long lifespan, and the ability to reproduce often, bed bugs are an infestation that needs to be dealt with in an immediate fashion.

Once Bitten, Don’t Be Shy

Detecting a bed bug problem starts with making sure that you actually have them. There are a number of pests that are often mistaken for bed bugs such as lice, ticks, mites, and carpet beetles. It’s important to determine which pest you’re dealing with, as an isolated incident with a tick may not warrant a complete inspection. We can help with this - our certified Entomologist, Dr. Gary, will help you identify your pest for free. If you’re convinced that bed bugs are what’s keeping you up at night, it’s important to enlist the help of professionals.

A bed bug infestation needs to treated properly, as home remedies are often misused and can actually spread the infestation. Enlisting the help of our trained professionals is beneficial in more ways than simply eliminating the problem. Many people are quick to get rid of things in the assumption that they are ridding themselves of a bed bug infestation. We suggest that you keep your items and instead promptly call JP Pest Services. With a proper inspection and a tailored plan of action, it is likely that measures can be taken to rid your property of bed bugs without having to replace clothing, bedding and mattresses.

JP Pest Services understands the complex nature of treating and controlling bed bug infestations. Through customized control methods and supplemental monitoring, we can eliminate your problem with as minimal footprint on your home as possible. Contact us today for a free estimate.