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Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs 2017-01-29T14:24:26+00:00

Landmark Pest Management solves bed bug problems every day. We understand how distressing it can be to have a bed bug infestation and specialize in solving even the most complex cases using our research-based methods. Armed with the latest technology and informed by scientific research and over 40 years of pest control experience, we work with homeowners, apartment complexes, and offices to identify and discreetly eradicate bed bug infestations.

Our treatment protocol is informed by the latest research from scientific studies and proven effective through private field research, the result of which is a success rate second to none. Rest assured, we stand behind our service with a 30-day guarantee so you won’t lose a moment of sleep.

You may have heard that you’ll need to throw away your belongings when you have a bed bug infestation, but that is rarely the case. We can almost always solve your bed bug problem without using pesticides on your bed and without throwing anything away.

Identification:

Bed bugs undergo three different life stages before becoming fertile adults. They start as an egg. Eggs are very small, white, and sometimes difficult to detect with the naked eye. Once hatched, nymph bed bugs require a blood meal between each nymphal life stage. After shedding its skin five times, the bed bug reaches maturity and begins to breed. Adult bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed.

Signs of bed bug infestation:

  • Spots of blood, known as “sera” on your sheets or bedding
  • Itchy bites
  • Tiny black-brown stains that look like chocolate syrup spatter near the seams of your mattress, furniture, or belongings
  • Shed skins known as exudiae that resemble the color and texture of the husks of popcorn kernels.

Bed Bug Behavior

When a bed bug infestation begins, bed bugs tend to stay close to their host. They are secretive, nocturnal insects that feed generally at night on human blood. When they are not feeding, they can conceal their flat bodies in tiny spaces the width of a credit card and they rest until it is time to feed again.

Bed bugs congregate in groups in these cracks, and they use a chemical trail called “aggregation pheromone” to show one another where the colony is hiding. Scientists also believe that bed bugs show one another the path to a food source, YOU!, by placing these invisible chemical trails.

Bed bugs sense the carbon dioxide we exhale and the warmth of our bodies. Their ability to sense temperature is so keen that once they find us, they can locate our blood vessels by the warmth of the blood flowing inside.

It is not uncommon to find an entire colony of bed bugs living on the head of a single screw or in the joint crease of a bed frame. Other spots where they may congregate include behind a picture frame, on a mattress tag or seam, or behind the headboard.

Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but when they bite they do inject a number of different chemicals, including anticoagulants which keep blood from clotting. These chemicals are what cause people to itch and form welts. Many people do not react to bed bug bites, so they may not realize they have bed bugs. In a recent study of the group least likely to react to bed bug bites, the elderly, up to half of those living in bed bug infested apartments didn’t know they had an infestation because they didn’t react to bites.

Watch this video to see Landmark perform a bed bug inspection: