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Blogs from November, 2014

Bed Bug

With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably getting your home ready for guests.  But are you getting your home ready for all the guests you’ll be hosting?  If you talk to an expert in pest control in Frisco TX, they’ll tell you that having house guests sometimes means dealing with bed bugs that hitch rides on their luggage, bags and clothing, especially those guests who stay in hotels and motels or who travel on public transportation like airplanes and buses.

The bed bug population cycles up and down and at the present time, bed bugs have had a resurgence as a threat to our homes.  Bed bugs aren’t picky.  They can infest every kind of building from mansions to dormitories to restaurants, regardless of their state of cleanliness.  In fact, in the last three years, one in five Americans have either had a bed bug problem or have known someone who’s had a bed bug problem.  Some experts have attributed the rise of the bed bug population to a combination of factors including an increase in international travel and a lack of knowledge the general public has about the signs of a bed bug infestation and how easily bed bugs are transferred from one place to another.

With an increase in the number of bed bug infestations reported comes a rise in the number of times companies that handle pest control in Frisco TX and around the country have had to treat homes and businesses for them.  And, unfortunately, according to a survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association, most pest control experts say that bed bugs are the most difficult pest problem to treat.  The difficulty is that there really is no way to prevent an infestation short of making everyone who enters your home remove their clothing at the front door so that it can be washed in hot water and thoroughly inspecting every seam of their shoes, handbags, backpacks, and luggage on the front lawn.  Since that won’t happen, the best you can do is to watch for signs of an infestation.

You should suspect a bed bug problem if you (or anyone in your home) wake up, consistently, with small, itchy, red welts on your torso, arms or legs.  Since bed bugs look for their blood meals in the very early morning hours – usually between 3 am and 5 am – when we’re asleep, you may also find small blood trails on your sheets and pillowcases.  You can search for bed bugs while they rest in the seams of mattresses, bags, clothing, curtains, and lampshades.  Whether you find actual bed bugs yourself or not, your best move is to call for pest control in Frisco TXto stop the problem before it gets out of hand.   At Bug Commander Pest Control, we’ve dealt with bed bugs many times and we have the right chemicals to eliminate them. Call us at (214) 307-1933 to schedule a bed bug inspection.  And visit us online to find out about the other pest control services we provide.