- Posted by haggerty
- On December 4, 2012
- bed bugs, boca raton, infestations, pest control, South Florida
Bed bugs have recently been discovered in a variety of unexpected places, including five-star hotels. Even Palm Beach County has had a recognized case of a bed bug infestation.
Knowing that the bugs are already in South Florida, and that they can hitchhike home with you after a getaway at even the best of hotels, you should definitely be aware of the signs of an infestation. In addition, getting rid of bed bugs can be a long, labor-intensive process so the sooner you recognize the problem and begin dealing with it, the better.
How do you know you have bed bugs? Well, they are called bed bugs for a reason. A likely place to see signs of an infestation is in your bedroom. Because bed bugs feed on the blood of people, they are commonly found in bedding materials such as sheets and mattresses. If you think you might have an infestation, look for the following signs:
- Black spots or red stains on bedding. Bed bug excrement causes the black spots; crushed bed bugs cause the red stains.
- White bed bug eggs. The eggs look similar to a miniature grain of rice.
- Bite marks on your body. The bites are similar to a mosquito bite.
- Live bed bugs. Adult bugs, although small, are visible to the naked eye.
Because of the difficulty in getting rid of a bed bug infestation, consulting a qualified pest control specialist is a good idea to completely, and safely, eradicate the pests. One woman, trying to treat bed bugs on her own, inadvertently started a fire, which ended up leaving many people homeless. Let her mistake be a lesson — if you think you have bed bugs, contact a qualified pest management professional. A professional will inspect your home and formulate safe, effective treatment methods that are best suited to your situation.
If you live in the Boca Raton area and need help dealing with bed bugs, contact Haggerty Pest Service, which has provided experienced pest control to customers in Florida’s Gold Coast and Treasure Coast regions for over 30 years.
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