Bed Bug Control In Roseville: Essential Steps For Elimination

Have you had the joy of moving? If so, you know the process of packing turns into elimination. You soon ask yourself, "Do I need this?" or "When was the last time I used this"? If you cannot find a good reason to keep the item, you toss it in the trash. When pests invade our homes, we don't debate whether or not to allow them to live inside, and that is especially true of bed bugs. 

If bed bugs are in your home, you need bed bug control in Roseville from Neighborly Pest Management. Our family-owned and operated company has eliminated pests from local homes and businesses since 1978. The fact that most of our pest control technicians and customer service team members have been with us for over ten years reflects the quality of our company's leadership and values. When you partner with us to stop bed bugs in your house, you will discover why Neighborly Pest Management is your best defense against unwanted pests.

Examining Your Home: Where To Look For Bed Bugs

Before we discuss where to search for bed bugs in your Roseville home, we need to get a description of the culprit. Bed bugs begin their life cycle as a 3/64-inch egg that hatches six to nine days after being deposited. Before reaching adulthood, bed bugs are called nymphs. As they progress through five growth stages (instars), they shed their external shell (exoskeleton) to allow their nearly translucent bodies to expand. A bed bug continues through these stages until it becomes an adult. Adult bed bugs have a tiny 1/4-inch body, and the shape of their bodies depends on whether or not they have recently enjoyed a blood meal. A fed adult bed bug has a swollen, elongated reddish-brown body; an unfed bed bug has a flat, oval, mahogany body. So, as we begin our search, we will search for bed bug eggs, discarded egg shells, and the bugs themselves. 

To conduct a thorough search, you need to have a magnifying glass. You can detect an adult bed bug without magnification, but finding the white, minuscule eggs and the cream-colored eggshells will require a visual aid. If you have your magnifying glass, the final piece of the puzzle is knowing where to look. Look in these areas for early signs of bed bugs:

  • Mattress 
  • Box springs
  • Headboard
  • Nightstands
  • Picture frames
  • Electrical outlets
  • Curtain folds
  • Cracks and crevices
  • Upholstered furniture

In addition to the eggs, eggshells, nymphs, and adult bed bugs, when investigating these areas, look for reddish-brown fecal stains and be aware of any musty odors in the room where the bites occur. 

Begin your investigation by looking in the mattress seams and zippers for clusters of bed bugs, eggs, etc. Check the box spring seams for the same indicators and stains. When bed bugs find a hiding spot near a host, they deposit pheromones to alert other bugs to the hideaways. Since the headboard is near the host, look in the cracks on the backside for bed bug groups. Also, search behind picture frames and inside electrical outlets for pests. Crevices between baseboards and flooring or walls are another favorite location for many bed bugs. Search in seams and gaps between upholstery and wood or metal for bed bugs in furniture located in the area of the bed bug infestation. As you do your sleuthing, don't forget to look for the eggs, discarded eggshells, exoskeletons, and nymphs with your magnifying glass.

If you don't have time to investigate, Neighborly Pest Management is the best bed bug pest control near you with free inspections. A personal visit by a Neighborly Pest Management licensed technician will help us determine the extent of the infestation. Furthermore, our trained technicians can verify that bed bugs are the problematic pests invading your Roseville home. Once we complete our free inspection, we can determine the proper treatment plan to ensure you can once again enjoy comfortable nights of sleep. 

Bed Bug Infestations: The Problems These Pests Cause

If there is a silver lining in a bed bug infestation, it is that bed bugs do not spread diseases like cockroaches; however, that does not mean bed bugs do not cause problems. The most annoying issue with bed bugs is the red, itchy bumps their bites create on your body. 

Between midnight and 5 am, bed bugs crawl out of nearby cracks onto your body to find exposed skin (usually the neck, legs, and arms). Once the bed bug finds a suitable location, it pierces the skin with a mouthpart known as a proboscis to probe for a capillary-rich area. The bug then injects an anti-coagulant to promote good blood flow and an anesthetic to prevent you from immediately noticing the bite and squishing the bug. Your body reacts to the insertion of foreign substances by dispatching histamines to the invaded location, which causes itching and swelling. Because bed bugs probe for areas with the best blood flow, bed bug bites often appear in clusters or rows. Although bed bugs do not spread disease, itching and the anticipation of more wounds result in insomnia, anxiety, and discomfort. 

A musty odor is another problem bed bugs create in the infested location. As previously stated, bed bugs release a chemical when they find hiding places and a host to alert other bugs. When the infestation is to a small area and dense, you will notice the smell. 

Neighborly Pest Management provides professional bed bug control in Roseville, so you don't have to be anxious about sleeping in your bed or be embarrassed by a musty odor in your home.

Unwanted Guests: Common Causes Of Bed Bug Infestations

Most pests invade houses from the surrounding area outside. They often enter homes through foundation and roofline cracks, window and door screen holes, and other entry points. Bed bugs are different; they invade homes by hitchhiking from host to host. How do bed bugs get onto a person, and where are you most likely to get a bed bug? 

Bed bugs use public areas as transit stations. When someone has bed bugs in their house, a few will hide in their clothing, luggage, or backpack. That individual then leaves the house with the stowaway bed bugs and rides the public bus. As the bus travels down the road, some hitchhiking bed bugs detect the heat and carbon dioxide you generate and crawl out of the person's backpack onto your clothing. When you arrive home, the bed bug moves from your clothes into a nearby crack and waits until evening to enjoy a blood meal at your expense. 

The same scenario occurs in hotels or motels. The previous occupant had a stowaway bed bug in his luggage that moved into a crack in the room. When you rented the room and placed your luggage on the floor, the bed bug sensed the carbon dioxide on previously worn clothing and moved into a crevice in your luggage. Upon returning home, the bug moves from your luggage into a mattress seam. 

An infestation can start with only one fertilized female bed bug. Once that bug enters your house and enjoys a blood meal, it will begin laying eggs. The female produces one to seven eggs daily for ten days after its initial diner. Each time it feeds, it will continue to lay eggs totaling over 500 in its lifetime. There is a 1:1 ratio of males to females; about 97% of the eggs hatch within nine days when the room temperature is between 70℉ and 90℉. The period from egg to adulthood is about 37 days. Because of the rapid reproduction rate, the bed bug population doubles every 16 days. So, one fertilized female stowaway can quickly cause an infestation. 

Neighborly Pest Management provides the best pest control for bed bugs near you. We can quickly end a bed bug infestation. 

Professional Bed Bug Control: Call In The Experts Right Away

Because bed bugs rapidly reproduce, hide in cracks, and are active only at night, they are troublesome to find and eradicate. Furthermore, bed bugs have survived by developing the ability to sense some treatment products and are resistant to previously effective treatments (i.e., pyrethroid insecticides). For these reasons, pest control professionals (79%) stated in a National Pest Management Association survey that bed bugs were the most difficult pest to eliminate in the home. Fortunately, bed bugs are no match for Neighborly Pest Management's bed bug removal service. 

We begin our process with an inspection to determine if your Roseville home has bed bugs. Upon confirmation, we develop a strategic plan involving proven, effective treatment products and steam. We do not use conventional steamers because they do not produce enough heat to destroy bed bugs; instead, our devices create the 135℉ temperature needed to eliminate bed bugs. We use the steamer to treat cracks, crevices, and gaps where bed bugs hide. In the rare cases where a furniture item is too complex to steam, we use a heat chamber to kill the bed bugs. If the infestation is dense throughout the house, we can tent the house and perform a one-day fumigation to remove the offending pests. Contact Neighborly Pest Management today to learn more and request your no-obligation inspection.


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