Bed Bug Control In Richmond, VA
When any type of bug invades your home, it is natural to try killing it yourself. With bed bugs, it is not a case of a few stray bugs living in your home. These blood-sucking pests live in large colonies and are good at hiding. Also, their tiny size makes them hard to see or find. They live in mattresses and furniture. Bed bugs are small enough to conceal themselves between the seams or under a crease on a sheet. They wait until you are asleep or relaxing to bite.
Bed Bug Identification
Bed bugs have distinct flat brown bodies. They are round or slightly elongated depending on their age. Some may be the size of a tiny beetle while others are as small as a grain of sand. Bed bugs have an exoskeleton that makes them hard to smash. However, you may inadvertently smash one or two at night when you roll over. For some people, the first sign of a bed bug problem is blood smudges on the sheets. If you look closely at your mattress, you may see bits of reddish-brown dirt, which is bed bug fecal waste. There may be translucent exoskeleton remains and a musky smell near the main area of an infestation. Bed bug infestations are usually found in mattresses, furniture, closets or carpeting.
Bed Bug Health Concerns
When bed bugs bite, they usually leave bumps in a straight row. The bumps itch, and scratching them excessively could lead to a skin infection. Some people are allergic to the bites, and they experience hives or a severe allergic reaction. Federal health agencies are especially concerned about how easily bed bugs spread. You can bring them home with you from a clothing store dressing room, a gym locker, your workplace, a hotel or nearly anywhere. Children can easily transmit bed bugs at school if these pests hide in their backpacks or on their coats. Also, bed bugs may be hiding in new or used furniture that you recently purchased.
Bedbugs have become so problematic along the East Coast that some landlords now include verbiage in lease agreements that holds people who bring bed bugs into the building financially responsible for extermination services in all units. If an infestation is severe or has spread to many units in a large building, this is a costly problem for the culprit.
Professional Bed Bug Extermination
In addition to its flat body and ability to hide in tiny crevices, a bed bug is especially resilient because it can live over a month without human blood. Many DIY pest control methods and sprays may only kill a few visible bed bugs. However, they do not target eggs or bed bugs that are hiding deep between a mattress and a seam. Since bed bug populations can grow out of control rapidly, prompt pest control service is a must.
Professionals know the right methods for eliminating adult bed bugs and their eggs. At Accel Pest & Termite Control, we assess the severity of the infestation to determine the best removal method. Our professionals can also help you minimize your risk of future infestations. We provide quality affordable pest control for several other pests as well. Our company has been proudly serving the area for many years and is a trusted name. Please call us today for a free estimate.