There are few types of pests that evoke the same horror as when you hear the name “bed bugs.” These blood-suckers are known to exist in droves, reproducing quickly and easily snowballing into an infestation. Just one bed bug can lead to a serious problem if home and building owners are not vigilant in their bed bug inspections and bed bug control programs. It’s recommended that everyone stays keen on how to prevent and spot bedbugs. For those who already have them, call a professional like the team at Gato Lawn & Pest Control to eliminate the problem at the source.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that have a flattened oval shape and a reddish-brown color. On average, an adult bed bug is about four to five millimeters long and 1.5 to three millimeters wide. They don’t fly, but they can travel rather quickly over walls, floors, and even ceilings. They like to make their homes in nooks and crannies, often being found in the creases of mattresses and the corners of walls and closets. Some individuals have even discovered bed bugs inside their laptops or cellphones!

Bed Bug Infestation

Unfortunately, it only takes one bed bug to start an infestation. A female bed bug can lay hundreds of eggs over her lifetime. These eggs are roughly the size of a speck of dust, which is why many individuals don’t even notice they have bed bugs until it reaches a critical point of infestation. What’s also unfortunate is that bed bugs are excellent “hitchhikers.” They can jump into your suitcase, bags, and purses when you’re at a hotel or in another public area. Some may even hitch a ride on clothing.

Bed bug infestation signs may include:

  • Small, red, itchy bites on the body, which may appear in clusters
  • Blood stains on sheets and pillows as a result of their nightly feedings
  • Bed bug excrement, seen as rust-colored or dark spots on mattresses, sheets, or walls
  • A unique and foul odor, which some describe as the smell of rotten raspberries

Treating Bed Bugs

When treating bed bugs, it’s critical to make sure that the treatment plan is thorough. Just as one bed bug can lead to an infestation, one bed bug left behind can lead to a re-infestation. This is why those who try do-it-yourself treatments often find themselves with more of a headache than they bargained for. A bed bug professional like the team at Gato will thoroughly evaluate the home to determine the best treatment necessary. We know all the warning signs and have a special eye to make sure that no bed bug is left behind.

If you have a bed bug problem, call us today so you can go back to getting a good night’s sleep!


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