How To Identify And Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Greenville Home

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Have you had the experience of going to the store and realizing you left your purse or wallet at home? When that happens, you hope you don't get pulled over on the way home to retrieve your wallet or purse because you don't have any identification. The ability to be identified is necessary for our society; we need to know how to recognize things, people, and even pests like bed bugs. 

If you have red bumps on your body, how do you know if they are because of spiders, mosquitoes, fleas, or bed bugs? In this article, we will show you how to identify if the red bumps are from bed bugs, but in the meantime, you need to secure the Greenville pest control team from SureShot Pest Control. Our veteran-owned and operated company has eliminated pests from homes for over 15 years; our technicians have more than 25 years of pest control experience. We know how to remove bed bugs from houses. 

Easy-To-Spot Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

People ask, "what do bed bugs look like?" You can identify a bed bug infestation by looking for these signs:

  • Reddish-brown fecal stains on the mattress seams, bed linens, and box springs

  • Pale-white molt skins from the bed bugs as they go through their growth (instar) stages

  • Cream-colored eggs in cracks between the wall and baseboards, headboard crevices, inside wallpaper, and creases in the nightstand

  • Cream-colored eggshells that were left behind when the bed bugs emerged from the eggs

  • Mahogany or red-brown bed bugs located in mattress creases, behind headboards, inside electrical outlets, and in nearby upholstered furniture

If you see these signs, you have bed bugs and need the bed bug removal services from SureShot Pest Control.

Why Bed Bugs Like To Bite Sleeping People

Bed bugs feed on sleeping people to get protein, iron, and amino acids from their blood. When the bed bug latches onto your skin, it secretes an anesthetic compound, so you do not feel it as it inserts its straw-like mouthpart to withdraw blood. Once the bug begins to feed, it takes five to ten minutes before it becomes engorged with blood. When the bed bug is full of blood, it detaches and hides in a nearby crack or crevice for several days. 

A female bed bug requires blood nutrients to produce eggs. Once engorged with blood, she will lay up to 20 eggs. Several days later, when nymphs emerge from the eggs, they will latch onto the host for blood to get the nutrients needed for growth. For each of the five growth phases, a nymph requires a blood meal from the host to complete the molt cycle. Bed bugs feed in groups, so a group of red bumps appearing on your body after sleeping is a sign of a bed bug infestation.

Why It Is So Hard To Prevent Bed Bugs In Your Home

According to a survey of pest control professionals by the National Pest Management Association, bed bugs are tough to eliminate in homes. Reasons why bed bug control is problematic include the following:

  • Bed bugs are resistant to many insecticides.

  • Bed bugs can sense chemicals and relocate.

  • Bed bug eggs are difficult to locate.

  • Bed bugs reproduce quickly.

  • Bed bugs are hard to kill.

Since removing bed bugs is a challenge for professionals, it is nearly impossible for homeowners. SureShot Pest Control is the bed bug control near you with the tools and expertise to win the war against bed bugs. 

The Best Way To Completely Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

SureShot Pest Control provides bed bug control in Greenville. When we inspect your home, we will locate bed bug hot spots, the extent of the infestation, and more. Next, we treat the house using a combination of heat and environmentally safe but effective products. Contact us today for your free estimate. 

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