These nasty critters slither into homes far too easily and, once inside, they settle down and can become hard to spot—and then they can breed. That contributes to why they’re so hard to exterminate, DIY.
If you know or even suspect that bed bugs have invaded your Fort Myers home, don’t delay. Reach out for a professional solution with a team of experienced bed bug exterminators. Fortunately, at Turner Pest Control, we provide a complete Fort Myers bed bug control solution. Steps include a full home inspection followed by a personalized recommendation; professional treatment by expert Fort Myers exterminators; and follow-up inspections until your home is bed bug-free.
These are crafty creatures, indeed, and they can get into your home in multiple ways. If, for example, you’re coming home from a vacation or business trip, they may be riding along with you. Or, when guests visit your home, they could carry them in on their suitcases, shoes, or clothing. Or, if you stop for yard sales or like thrift shopping, bed bugs could be huddled inside of mattresses, furniture, clothing, and so on.
To keep them out of your home, any time you return from a trip, inspect your luggage carefully for a bed bug presence. Instead of simply putting towels, linens, and clothing back into closets and drawers—where any bed bugs in them could continue to lay eggs and breed—wash them first in hot water. If you’d taken a pet on the trip, wash all of their soft belongings when you get home.
These pests hide well, so you may not actually see them in your home. Instead, you may see signs of their presence. They can include tiny bites on your arms, legs, and backs—places where your skin comes in contact with your mattress or bed linens. You may see brown or red spots on your sheets, which would likely be dried drops of blood after bed bug bites. Another sign is an odd musty smell.
If you do happen to spot these elusive critters, they might be under your mattress or in baseboards, bed frames, furniture joints, or other cracks and crevices. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed (a bloated one if they’ve just eaten) with flat, oval-shaped, reddish-brown bodies.
Then, even if you do find them, DIY treatments come with plenty of problems.
Several issues exist if you want to try do-it-yourself bed bug treatments. They include how bed bugs:
In some situations, DIY bed bug treatments can even lead to the increase of these pests in your Fort Myers home and/or cause health problems for you and your family. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences issued a paper warning people against certain DIY treatments: foggers, off-label pesticides, your own mixtures, or heat.
Thermal Remediation® uses only high heat to kill bed bugs at every stage of their life cycle in just one treatment. There's no chemical fumigation, so no toxins are left behind and you and your pets can return to your home right after treatment is completed. Heat treatment can penetrate even the smallest cracks and crevices.
After our bed bug experts confirm that these pests are in your home and locate their hiding places, we use the latest insecticide dust and residual contact treatments. As part of this thorough and effective bed bud control strategy, we provide an initial treatment, plus two more follow-up visits one and two weeks later.
Florida experiences plenty of tourism and, since bed bugs can ride into town on the suitcases and clothing of visitors, bed bugs can get inside homes and hotels in the state pretty easily. If you go on a vacation or business trip, the same sequence of events can happen. Then, once bed bugs have gotten into a dwelling, they can quickly spread from room to room: on luggage and clothing, through pipes, and even inside of vacuum cleaners.
How clean a place is doesn’t have an impact on attracting bed bugs. These nasty pests live in a wide range of conditions and temperatures and can live for many months without access to food.
In short, bed bugs have successfully adapted to life in human environments. So, bed bug control in Fort Myers is crucial because, without it, bed bugs can continue to thrive and infest homes, hotels, and more.
When you’re traveling, put a plastic trash bag around your suitcases while in a hotel and keep them off the bed. Check the hotel beds when you arrive—box springs, mattresses, and bedding—for tiny brown or red stains that could indicate dried blood after bed bug bites. Then, when you get home, inspect your luggage before bringing it inside and wash all clothing, towels, and linens in hot water. If you like to go secondhand shopping, inspect mattresses, furniture, clothing, and so forth before bringing the items into your Fort Myers home.
The good news is that they don’t transmit diseases to humans. That said, bites can become itchy and, if scratched, may become infected, which is a medical issue.
With more than fifty years of experience, Turner Pest Control employs professional, trained, background-checked technicians who provide prompt, courteous pest control service with our highly effective treatments. We offer affordable programs to fit your budget, including bed bug control in Fort Myers. Schedule a free inspection online or call (239) 334-0880.
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