What It Takes To Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Long Island Home

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Bed bugs are secretive pests and can go a while without detection in your Long Island home. The longer they go unnoticed in your home, the harder they can get to eliminate. If you suspect an infestation in your home, it's essential to take action quickly to put a stop to these pests. However, there are ways to tell if you have these pests inside your home. If you notice more and more of these signs of an infestation, contact the Long Island pest control professionals immediately. 

How To Tell If It's Bed Bugs Infesting Your Home 

Bed bugs are not the most prolific insects, but they are hardy pests that are difficult to eliminate, and they steadily reproduce at a rate of one egg each day. They can spread throughout the house beyond staying in the bedroom. When it comes to identifying bed bugs, the trick is not to just look for the bugs themselves. Bed bugs are oval-shaped, apple seed-sized bugs that hide in hard-to-reach areas. It's possible to identify a bed bug infestation without ever seeing one. To do so, it's essential to look for the signs that you're dealing with bed bugs. Some of these signs include: 

  • Rusty blood stains on bed covers
  • Specs of reddish-black fecal droppings
  • Shed skins
  • Bed bug eggs
  • A musty odor in the air
  • Bite marks on your skin that run in a zig-zag pattern or straight line

If you notice these or other signs of bed bugs, it's essential to act quickly before they have a chance to spread further. 

Why Bed Bugs Like To Bite Sleeping People

Bed bugs feed on humans and animals by piercing the skin with an elongated beak withdrawing blood. As nocturnal creatures, bed bugs are most active at night. Bed bugs feed from three to 10 minutes until they are engorged and then crawl away. Most bed bug bites are painless at first but then turn itchy and can be located on any area of skin that's exposed while sleeping. 

Bed bugs are able to sense when we are asleep through increased carbon dioxide output, so they know when it is safe to feed upon us without being detected. They can go for months at a time without feeding and will wait until the moment is right to emerge from their hiding spots. 

Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control Is A Waste Of Time And Money

There is no easy fix for pest control, as many pitfalls can come with such methods. Bed bug DIY remedies are never a good idea, as you can find yourself amidst a worse problem than when you first spotted bed bugs. Some of the reasons include the following: 

  • A lot of store-bought sprays and baits contain dangerous chemicals. 
  • DIY and store-bought products don't come with a guarantee or warranty and are often ineffective against bed bugs and their eggs. 
  • An incomplete bed bug elimination attempt can drive bed bugs deeper into hiding and spread them throughout your home, making eventual elimination more challenging and expensive.

Some of the benefits of teaming up with a professional pest control company include having the experience and knowledge necessary to tackle a current infestation, as well as the ability to understand the behaviors and habits of pests, making it easier to control any problems quickly and efficiently.

Contact The Pros At The First Sign Of Bed Bugs in Your Home

If you have thoroughly inspected your home and believe it has a bed bug infestation, you are probably wondering: how do you get rid of bed bugs? The answer to this can be simple or a nightmare. It all depends on if you try to handle these pests independently. Bed bugs are elusive; they are also resistant to many pest control products and can survive over a year inside wall voids without a blood meal. To ensure your infestation is handled correctly, you need quality pest control in Long Island. At Ultimate Pest Control, our team works hard to provide area homeowners with fast and effective solutions to invasive pests like bed bugs. We have access to industrial-grade products and train our technicians in cutting-edge bed bug control strategies

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