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Bed bugs are one of the most frustrating pests to deal with as a homeowner. No matter how diligent of a housekeeper you are, these blood-sucking pests can hitch a ride into your home on furniture, clothing, and other fabric items and then set up shop in your home before you even know they are there. Here at Pest Control Technicians Inc., our team has been protecting homes, health, and families since 1976. We have designed our bed bug treatments to be fast, effective, and affordable while being gentle on your family and our planet.
Bed bugs are a tough pest to beat due to their ability to burrow deep within your furniture, carpet, and into the cracks and crevices of your home. At PCT, our team of expert bed bug exterminators is rigorously trained through online and in-field courses to provide the most efficient and effective service. With knowledge in proper PPE usage, chemical handling and storage, pest identification, and customer service, they are equipped to treat your infestation and get rid of bed bugs with ease.
When you partner with us, you can look forward to the following:
Awareness is the first step in preventing a bed bug infestation. Knowing the signs of an infestation can help you know to call an expert before your infestation gets out of hand. Likewise, recognizing the types of fabrics that attract bed bugs (rough textures they can cling to) can help you know which materials to be extra careful with.
Ways to prevent bug bugs:
As traveling and staying in hotels or AirBnBs are the most common way bed bugs come into your home, here are specific ways to prevent bed bugs when traveling:
Despite their misleading name, bed bugs can take up residence in many places besides your bed. These insects often will establish themselves all around your bedroom, generally within 20 feet of your bed itself. When you’re inspecting your home for bed bugs, you should pay extra attention to the following areas:
Homeowners often have a lot of questions about bed bugs. There are a lot of myths about these pests, and it can often be startling to find out you have an infestation. Below, we’ve put together an FAQ for all your questions about our services. If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us at 610-275-7378 to talk with one of our expert bed bug exterminators!
A: Bed bugs can originate from nearly anywhere, but they are common in areas that see a lot of contact with the public. More often than not, your infestation came from contact with infested furniture in hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments. Furniture and clothing from second-hand venues could also transfer these bugs into your home.
A: Bed bugs are part of the Cimicidae family. They are small insects, with adults growing no larger than an apple seed. They are brown, oval-shaped and flat, becoming bloated and red-tinted after feeding. They are nocturnal insects and feed when they are active. They feast on warm-blooded hosts, with human blood being their primary choice. They adapt easily to their surroundings and environment.
A: The bed is the most likely place you’ll find bed bugs. You should begin your search at the mattress itself, inspecting the corners of bed seams along with the bed frames, headboards, bedding, and your box spring. They will even hide in surrounding areas like furniture, behind peeling paint, wooden floorboards, alarm clocks, picture frames, and so on. In most cases, these pests have been documented hiding in crevices approximately 10-20 feet from where you sleep.
A: Bed bugs have two hollow tubes in their mouth that they inject into the skin during the initial bite. The first tube injects an anticoagulant anesthetic fluid that bed bugs use to keep the blood flowing, and the other tube is used to suck the blood of their host. A bed bug typically consumes blood for approximately five minutes before it returns to its sanctuary. Additionally, bed bugs will emerge at dusk to get their sustenance.
A: When the bed bug first bites down, it is not even noticeable, but minutes or hours later you might experience discomfort. The bite mark is either a flat welt or a raised red bump. Depending on individual sensitivity, it may be severely itchy or barely noticeable. Unless you have a bed bug allergy that causes rash or irritation, their bites are usually just an itchy nuisance.
A: Anti-itch cream can help ease the irritation caused by their bites.
A: If you discover any of these bugs, resist the urge to sleep on a couch or different bed. Bed bugs will just follow you to the new location and spread out their numbers into the next room. Contact a professional for bed bug control as soon as possible.
A: Some red flags that might indicate bed bugs are the following:
If you have bed bugs, you need to address them quickly. This is especially true if they are affecting your business. Bed bugs can hop onto your customers and make it back to their homes, causing unnecessary damage to your brand. Since bed bugs are so hard to deal with, you need an expert to assess your situation and apply the most effective treatments.
Our commercial treatments can help the following businesses:
PCT is proud to provide quality bed bug control services in Philly and the surrounding area. If you’re wondering if we service your city, check out our service areas below: