IMPORTANT: DON’T WAIT!
Stop your bed bug problem before it gets out of control. Call Sentinel Pest Control to schedule a FREE inspection: (253) 538-2576
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularis) are making a dramatic comeback not only in Puget Sound, but in Washington State and nationwide in the United States. Just five years ago, bed bugs were a small part of what the pest control technician dealt with. Now these insects are an everyday occurrence and can be found infesting homes, apartments, hotels, motels, clothing stores, theaters, laundry facilities, libraries, furniture rental outlets and office buildings.
If you live in the Puget Sound area and suspect an infestation, DO NOT WAIT! Consult a pest professional immediately. Sentinel Pest Control services Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Federal Way, Kent, Seattle, Lakewood, University Place and other surrounding cities. We can help you with your bed bug problem – call today! (253) 538-2576
Biology. What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are a blood-sucking ectoparasite of significant public health importance because they feed on the blood of sleeping people. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic that prevents a person from feeling the bite and an anticoagulant that prevents the blood from clotting the bite site.
These parasites are small (ranging in size from poppy seeds to apple seeds; adults are 3/16 inch long), flat, oval, reddish-brown in color, and wingless. Bed bugs undergo a gradual metamorphosis with egg, nymph and adult stages. Under favorable conditions they can complete development in as little as a month, producing three or more generations per year. Entomologists estimate bed bugs feed weekly and prefer human hosts, but will also feed on family pets. They can survive three to four months without a blood meal, but need to feed between each molt.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
The only way to confirm a bed bug infestation is to identify live insects. Bite marks that appear on people are clues that bed bugs are present, but since this type of evidence may take as long as a few weeks to develop in some people, it is important to look for other signs to determine if bed bugs have actually infested an area.
Signs of a bed bug infestation include live bed bugs of all sizes, their exoskeletons (shed skin) after molting, and rusty colored spots from their blood-filled fecal material. Look for these signs in mattress seams, on bed frames, bed sheets or nearby furniture and along baseboards. Infestations may also give off a sweet, musty odor as well. It is sometimes extremely difficult to identify an infestation due to a bed bug’s small size and keen ability to hide.
Your professionals at Sentinel offer inspections free of charge and scheduled at your convenience. Contact us today: (253) 538-2576
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Controlling bed bugs can be a time consuming and exhausting process. However, bed bugs can be eliminated with a coordinated effort between Sentinel Pest Control and all other parties involved.
Sentinel has developed a control strategy that integrates all facets of bed bug management to include: physical tools, cultural tools, biological tools and chemical tools. Multiple techniques are always required because bed bugs are small, good at hiding and can live for several months without feeding. In some cases, bed bugs are even resistant to the pesticides used against them and may survive a chemical treatment.
Call your local pest professionals today for more information and to schedule your FREE inspection: (253) 538-2576
Helpful bed bugs resources and information.
- www.bedbugregistry.com – A reliable platform for people to report their encounters with bed bugs. This website will show you mapped out areas of bed bug reports throughout the United States.