Bed Bugs Are on the Rise
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A USA Today article on bed bugs cites, “Overall, the National Pest Management Association says bedbug reports increased 71% from 2000 to 2005.” From our experience, we’ve seen an increased number in calls as well in Central Massachusetts
Bed Bugs: What You Need to Know
While they do bite (their bites are painless, but they leave behind itchy bumps), there’s no indication that bed bugs transmit diseases. And bed bugs do not indicate your home or business is unclean. In fact, some people “pick up” bed bugs from their hotel beds when they’re on vacation. Bed bugs, are however, hard to get rid of.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are small, brownish insects, with flat, oval-shaped bodies. Young bed bugs are often no bigger than a pinhead, and usually undetectable by the naked eye. They feed on the blood of animals and humans, usually when we’re in bed at night. They don't fly, but they move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Females can lay up to five eggs a day and 500 during their lifetime.
Could Bed Bugs Invade my Business or Home?
The answer is yes. As we mentioned above, they’re showing up more and more in homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories, shelters, and vehicles throughout the country as well as Worcester, MA and surrounding towns. They get around by hitching rides in luggage, boxes, shoes, and other mobile objects. They only feed at night so that by the time you realize you have them, the infestation is serious.
Bed Bug Signs:
Typically, the first sign of an infestation is the appearance of small brownish or reddish dots on bedding, linens, or mattresses. Also, heavy infestations can result in an odor described as "buggy" or sweetish smelling. Bed bug bites result in red, itchy welts with a lighter red ring around them. They feed on any exposed skin while you’re sleeping, such as hands, face, neck, and shoulders. Bed bugs crawl into small cracks and crevices or voids in beds or furniture to hide and lay eggs during the day and then wait for their next blood meal.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs—What Should You Do?
Eliminating bed bugs isn’t easy, and typical do-it-yourself methods don’t work well. It makes more sense to call a professional pest control company that has experience in bed bug elimination. Professionals like us will apply the right bed bug treatment to the right places. This will help ensure that you aren’t on the menu tonight.
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Call Ford’s Hometown Services at for a quote on the cost for us to inspect your home or business and to verify if bed bugs are, in fact, the problem. From there, we’ll come up with the best bed bug treatment for your situation.
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