Other names: Wall lice, red coats, mahogany flats
Color: Reddish brown
Natural Predators: Cockroaches, ants, spiders, mites and centipedes
Hazard: Bug bites may cause welts, rashes and allergic reactions
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We’ve performed hundreds of bed bug treatments.
We know where they hide. We know how to get rid of them. Once and for all.
These blood-sucking pests can wreak havoc on your life, your family and your furniture. Not to mention, rob you of a precious night’s sleep.
Bed bugs are a big problem. Right here in Cleveland.
In fact, Cleveland has consistently been one of the top 20 cities infested with bed bugs!
How do you know if you have bed bugs?
Light infestations are very difficult to detect. It’s only when your bed bug population increases to around 50-100, will you notice anything.
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What Are Signs of Bed Bugs:
Live Bed Bugs
Live bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye. They are about the size of an apple seed. If you find live bed bugs, do not try to remove them yourself. Please call us so we can come out as soon as possible to assess your infestation.
Bed Bug Droppings
Inspect the seam around your mattress and the underside of your box spring. Look for black dots that look like black pepper glued to the surface. These are bed bug droppings.
As bed bugs grow, they shed their skin (like a snake). Starting from a nymph, bed bugs shed their skin five times before reaching adulthood. Shed skins look like lighter colored empty bed bug shells or casings – which is exactly what they are. The cast skins are found in piles or just one at a time.
Bed Bug Bites
Bites from bed bugs often appear in a row and look like mosquito bites. Bed bug bites may itch and appear as raised, reddish bumps. They are often in a row or a zig zag pattern. Some people don’t have any reaction to bed bug bites. Others are extremely sensitive and could even experience swelling in the affected area.
If you’re waking up and seeing bites on a regular basis, it’s likely bed bugs.
How do bed bugs get into your home?
You or someone you know most likely brought bed bugs into your home. Sorry. That’s the truth. They don’t just crawl in from the outside. They need to be brought in. And they’re experts at hitching rides.
Bed bugs have been found in luggage, furniture, purses, backpacks, blankets and clothing.
Bed Bugs Can Come From Anywhere:
Hotels, motels and hostels
Friends and family homes
Purchasing used furniture
Do Bed Bugs Transmit Disease?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, bed bugs do not transmit disease. Bed bug bites may cause a variety of skin reactions ranging from red, itchy welts to inflammation to severe allergic reactions.
How Are Bed Bugs Treated?
The first step is NOT to treat bed bugs yourself. Bed bug control is best left to professionals, like a certified Ohio Bed Bug specialist who has the training and experience to treat your bed bug issue.
Over-the-counter insecticides, sprays and foggers normally don’t work. Plus, bed bugs are increasingly developing resistance to certain chemical formulations.
The most effective bed bug treatment is to call a professional exterminator. Like us! We will come in, evaluate your situation and recommend the best possible treatment plan.
Our bed bug treatment includes:
Thorough inspection of infested areas, adjacent rooms and furniture
Insecticide treatment on all mattresses, box springs and furniture inside the home
Second chemical treatment 7-10 days later
60 day bed bug free guarantee
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Takes Time
While we've been successful in exterminating bed bugs in one treatment, sometimes it takes multiple treatments. It's important to remember that getting rid of bed bugs does take time. Keep in mind that some bed bugs are resistant to some insecticides. That’s why we use a different insecticide with each treatment.
Do Bed Bug Sprays or Foggers Work?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology’s website, bed bugs sprays and foggers will not get rid of bed bugs. Worse yet, you may be spreading them to other areas of your home. It’s always best to call a professional exterminator to deal with your bed bug problem.
How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Into Your Home
While there’s no sure-fire way to keep bed bugs from invading your home, here are some preventative steps you can take to minimize your risk:
When staying at a friend or family member’s home, hotel or other public place, inspect the following places before you unpack:
Box spring (make sure to check the bottom)
Nightstands & drawers
Folds and creases in arm cushions on a recliner
Edges of the carpet
Upon returning from a trip, carefully inspect or, better yet, wash all the clothing in your suitcase. Vacuum the inside of your suitcase.
Don’t buy used bedding and upholstered items. If you must, have them inspected by an expert. The same goes for used furniture.
Reduce clutter to be able to spot bed bugs sooner and reduce their options of hiding spaces.
Bed Bugs Are One of the Toughest Pests to Get Rid of
The longer you wait to treat bed bugs, the worse your problem will get.
As expert bed bug exterminators in Cleveland, we know how to get rid of bed bugs once and for all.