Bed bugs are clingy pests that move from host to host and can be easily passed on by visitors in your Toronto home, hotel stays, and even in public transportation, which makes us susceptible to bed bugs fairly easily. While it is difficult to prevent them, there are recommended courses of action should you find yourself in this situation. We understand the feeling of panic and the need to take care of a bed bug infestation right away – whether it’s in your home or business. If you need immediate assistance with a current bed bug problem, please contact our experts at SIA Wildlife Control right away!
What Are Bed Bugs & What Makes Them Unique
Bed bugs got their name from their habit of taking refuge in beds and feeding on humans while they sleep. Bed bugs feed only on blood and must have regular blood meals to survive and develop. Humans aren’t the bed bugs’ only targets, they also will attack many warm-blooded animals, including poultry and other birds. Bed bugs have been associated with humans for more than 3,300 years and are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores, and even public transportation.
Bed bugs are great “hitchhikers,” allowing them to travel long distances. They latch onto suitcases, clothes, and linens and can end up wherever these items are taken. This is why the spread of bed bugs occurs so easily. Furthermore, it’s often hard to identify bed bug bites, and they can easily be confused with bites from a different pest, making infestations difficult to detect and allowing populations to grow unnoticed.
How To Spot A Bed Bug Problem
Detecting bed bugs can be difficult, as they are small in size and able to hide in tiny cracks and crevices. However, evidence of a bed bug infestation may be found in bedding and on mattresses. If you’ve started to notice miniature blood stains appearing on your bedding, then there’s a possibility you could be suffering from a bed bug infestation. Please note that there are many reasons why blood spots may display on bedding – however, if combined with other major signs of bed bugs then it is a clear indication of an infestation.
The sting of a bed bug, in most cases, is usually painless; which is why it does take a while before you notice any of the other more visual symptoms. These blood spots will usually appear in a linear, row-like arrangement due to the fact that bed bugs avoid prolonged migration when feeding on the blood vessels.
Bites on the arms and legs are also a tell-tale sign of bed bugs. While these bites can be small, if they swell and become itchy, they are noticeable. It can take two to three days for these bites to appear, allowing the infestation to grow. However, bites alone do not indicate an infestation without other bed bug evidence.
Infestations can also be identified by sightings of bed bug molt skins, their eggs, empty eggshells, or the bugs themselves. All of these things are quite small, but still visible to the human eye. Bed bug molt skins as well as their eggshells appear pale white after molting or emerging from the eggshell, respectively.
Live bed bugs leave clusters of dark brown or black spots of dried excrement on infested surfaces. Bed bugs also exude a subtle, sweet, musty odor.
Where Bed Bugs Like To Nest
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments. Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
Should You Get Our Free Bed Bug Inspection?
To the untrained eye, rooting out a bed bug infestation can prove difficult, and even if discovered, home remedies and over-the-counter deterrents are often ineffective. By using our bed bug pest control inspection process, our highly-trained specialists will assess your home, implement a solution, and monitor activity to ensure the effectiveness of our efforts and offer added peace of mind.
Bed bugs multiply quickly, and in just six months, a few can turn into a full-on infestation of 13,000 or more. Detection is critical to breaking the bed bug life cycle before they become a bigger problem. SIA Wildlife gets to the root of the problem with targeted inspections of common bed bug hiding places in your home and ongoing monitoring to ensure the pests never return.
What Can We Help You With
SIA Wildlife will help you get rid of those pesky bed bugs that ruin your night. Our proven extermination process will ensure that all traces of bed bugs and their nests will no longer be a problem for your Toronto home. Here’s how we can help you drive out those beg bugs and disenchant them to return to your home.
Our pest control experts will first assess the situation with you. If you have seen evidence of bed bugs or want to help protect your home against this multiplying intruder, our specialists will come and inspect your home.
Bed bugs are sneaky and hard to find, but our specialists are trained to pinpoint evidence if they are around. On the first visit, we will examine your entire home including the bed, furniture, rugs, and linens. We will conduct an inspection of target areas, and if required, use tools to check cracks and crevices.
SIA Wildlife specialists will usually start in the bedroom and work their way through your home, concentrating on the furniture and the areas immediately surrounding the furniture.
Next, we’ll proceed with several different treatment methods to rid your home of bed bugs. Among the most effective ways to exterminate bed bugs is through a whole room heat treatment. We will use specially designed equipment to increase your home’s temperature to a level at which bed bugs and their eggs will die. During the process, we will use thermometers to ensure we meet target temperatures without damaging heat-sensitive items. This process usually takes six to eight hours and may include the application of insecticide following its completion.
We may also determine the best strategy for bed bug extermination is a complete insecticide treatment. Our highly-trained specialists have various types and brands to use, depending on your situation. We can also incorporate several insecticides during one treatment, using longer-lasting chemicals in areas that you and your family members will not typically touch. For safety reasons, do not attempt to apply insecticides on your own. Trust the professionals at SIA Wildlife
During the bed bug extermination, our team will arrive at your home with various treatments, pesticides, steam machines, vacuums, and professional-grade equipment. We will begin by thoroughly inspecting your home for infestations to determine the extent of your bed bug problem. We will then craft a plan using safe, low-toxicity treatments to protect your home and family. SIA Wildlife Control will inform you of the measures we are taking and why they are important so you don’t get lost throughout the process.
A follow-up visit will be scheduled after the extermination process to make sure that your home is well maintained and equipped to drive those pesky bed bugs out.