Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Control West Palm Beach

Bed bug infestations are currently rampant across the U.S., since the insects have become resistant to many treatments that were formerly effective. No one is exempt from possible exposure to bed bugs. Florida Environmental Pest Management has eco-friendly solutions to eliminate these night feeders and provide you with bed bug control West Palm Beach. Homeowners who are affected are urged to contact us without delay, since bed bug populations grow at alarming rates.

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What are signs I have bed bugs?

Bed bugs have flat bodies that make it easy for them to hide in very narrow spaces. Even though the nighttime activity of bed bugs is to bite humans in their sleep, the presence of the insects is not always immediately obvious. If you get some used furniture such as a used bed and start getting bites at night soon after, it’s likely the furniture introduced bed bugs into your home. The following are additional signs that you have a bed bug infestation:

  • Blood stains on your pillowcases, sheets, or pajamas.
  • Rusty or dark spots on bed clothes, mattresses, and walls, which is bed bug excrement.
  • Shed skin, egg shells, or fecal staining in places where bed bugs hide.
  • A musty, unpleasant odor, which is from the scent glands of bed bugs.

Where to find bed bugs

Until the bed bug population becomes overcrowded in a particular space, the bugs can be very good at hiding. If you suspect you have an infestation, you can look for them in typical hiding places. The following are among the places to check for bed bugs:

  • The seams in the wood framing of the box springs (pull the fabric back where the wood frame staples are)
  • Around the bed inside such things as books, radios, and telephones.
  • The edge of the carpet
  • Electrical outlets
  • Clothing in your closet, since bed bugs cling to fabrics
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What does a bed bug bite look like?

Bed bugs bite sleeping victims, and it starts out being painless. After a while, though, the bites become itchy welts. Actually, unless you’re sure you have bed bugs, it’s not necessarily easy to tell the difference between a bed bug bite and a bite from a mosquito or chigger or even a rash. Treatment of a bed bug bite is typically to wash the affected area with soap and water and then apply corticosteroid cream. The following are symptoms of a bed bug bite:

  • Red, raised welts
  • Itching and burning
  • Straight lines of multiple bites
  • A rash across a localized area
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