Bed Bug Control
Tucson’s highly acclaimed entertainment, educational, military and advanced technological industry sectors, welcome thousands of overnight business and leisure travelers each year. However, anywhere people sleep and gather in numbers, the potential for bed bugs increases exponentially. Hitchhiking in luggage, laptops, and even cell phones, these nocturnal menaces can cause distress, sleepless nights and an overriding anxiety for humans. As a rise in bed bug infestations has taken hold of the United States in recent years, bed bugs have spread to commercial properties and into homes. At Arizona Pest Control, we suggest all Southern Arizona homeowners and renters familiarize themselves with bed bug behavior in order to prevent bed bugs from entering their homes.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, are attracted to human body heat and the exhaled carbon dioxide of humans at rest. Nocturnal, bed bugs hide during the day, coming out at night to feed on human hosts. By inserting their beaks into the flesh around the head, neck and upper extremities, bed bugs feed on humans for about ten minutes at a time, before retreating to their hiding places, undetected.
About the same size as ticks or small cockroaches, adult bed bugs are reddish-brown or mahogany in color and flat. Female bed bugs are round, while males are more oval shaped. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.
Where do Bed Bugs Hide?
They hide anywhere they can cling to things, including:
- Seams and folds in mattresses and box springs
- Bed frames, headboards, night stands and dressers
- Lamps, clocks, phones and accent items
- Drapery and upholstery
- Carpets, baseboards and wood trim
- Wallpaper and picture frames
- Electrical switches and outlets
- Clutter near beds
- Sofas and recliners
In the past, bed bugs were mistakenly believed to thrive only in unclean, lower socio-economic living conditions but today’s bed bugs know no class divisions, as bed bugs can be found anywhere people live and congregate including:
- Multi-unit homes
- Single-family homes
- College dorms
- Homeless shelters
- Healthcare facilities
- Retail businesses
- Entertainment venues, like movie theatres
- Charter coaches and shuttle buses
Bed Bug Bites
Because bed bugs are nocturnal, most victims don’t notice them until they discover red, itchy welts on their head, neck and extremities. While bed bugs are unpleasant, they do not pose serious threats to humans or pets. Victims can, however, develop secondary infections from scratching bite sites and experience sleep deprivation, embarrassment and anxiety due to bed bug bites.
If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, contact AZ Pest Control for a bed bug inspection immediately. After your Arizona Pest Control professional confirms your suspicions, it’s time for you to get to work preparing the area for treatment.
Even though most people just want to throw everything away in the affected area and buy new furniture ASAP, Arizona Pest Control’s trained bed bug specialists advise against moving anything out of the affected area, as this increases the chance of spreading bed bugs to other rooms in your home. Instead, we suggest the following:
- Place all washable items in plastic bags to transport to laundry area. Wash items in hot water and dry on your dryer’s maximum heat setting.
- Bag all non-washable items, such as picture frames, clocks, hanging artwork and books.
- Remove clutter from the area, especially near the bed.
- Vacuum carpets and area rugs, discarding vacuum contents in tightly sealed plastic bags in an outside dumpster.
Our trained and experienced technicians work with you to eliminate bed bugs and prevent future infestations. Next, our trained and certified AZ Pest Control technicians will devise an environmentally responsible plan to eliminate bed bugs using the latest, most technologically advanced integrated methods and procedures to ensure your home is free of bed bugs and that your family starts getting the sleep they need. Trust your bed bug concerns and all of your household pest concerns to your local family-owned Arizona Pest Control Company. Contact us at (520) 886-7378 today!