Bed bugs can’t hide from our powerful treatments.
Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for these nasty critters to enter your home and, once they settle in, they’re hard to spot—and even harder to exterminate using DIY methods.
If bed bugs invade your Port St. Lucie home, don’t wait. It’s time to get a professional solution from an experienced team. At Turner Pest Control, we offer a comprehensive bed bug pest control program that starts with a full inspection, followed up by a customized recommendation, professional treatment by trained technicians, and then follow-up inspections until you’re free of bed bugs.
These sneaky creatures can arrive with your guests, whether in their luggage or on their clothes. Returning from vacation or a business trip? You may be bringing bed bugs with you. Or, if you like to go thrift shopping or visit rummage sales, these bugs can ride in on secondhand goods. This can include furniture, mattresses, clothing, and so forth.
Here’s something else to watch out for. If you return from a trip and put towels, for example, back in a closet, any bed bugs in them can continue to lay eggs and breed. So, when you come back home, wash towels, linens, clothing and so forth in hot water, and inspect your luggage carefully. Also wash your pet’s bedding and any clothing they wear.
These critters know how to hide, so you may not see them. If, though, you’re finding tiny bites on skin that comes into contact with your mattress or bed linens, that could be a sign. Typically, these bites are found on arms, legs, and backs. Or, you may see spots on your sheets, either brown or red. If so, this could be dried blood drops from bed bug bites.
Or, there may be a musty smell you can’t identify. If so, the odor may be coming from bed bugs. And, in some instances, you may see them on the underside of your mattress or huddled in cracks and crevices in your Port St. Lucie home, including in baseboards, furniture joints, and bed frames. They’re reddish brown in color, with flat bodies that are oval shaped. Figure the size of an apple seed, perhaps bloated if they’ve just fed.
It can be extremely challenging to rid your home of bed bugs by DIY-ing. Reasons include:
Plus, bed bug DIY treatments can even boost the population of these pests in your home and can pose health problems for you and your family. For example, a paper by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences warns people against using foggers or off-label pesticides, creating your own treatment mixture, or using heat as a DIY method.
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 bug control strategy, we provide an initial treatment, plus two more follow-up visits one and two weeks later.
These tiny pests are elusive, hardy, and always on the move. The cleanliness of a dwelling has nothing to do with attracting bed bugs or preventing them from getting in. Bed bugs have continued to adapt to human environments and can thrive in a wide range of temperature and many types of conditions.
Bed bugs will take any opportunity to hitch a ride into your home on luggage, furniture, and other soft goods such as clothing. When traveling, put a plastic trash bag or other protective covering on your luggage while you’re in a hotel and keep your suitcases off of the bed. Check hotel bedding, box springs and mattresses for tiny, pepper-like stains when you arrive, and thoroughly inspect all of your belongings before bringing them inside when you get home. Also inspect any used furniture or clothing you’ve acquired before you bring it inside.
Once indoors, these pests quickly spread from room to room in homes or hotels, traveling through pipes, on luggage and clothing, and even in vacuum cleaners. Because they can live for months without eating, they can be very difficult to control.
Definitely not! They can be found virtually anywhere, not only in soft goods such as beds and furniture, but also behind electrical outlets and in crevices along baseboards.
Bed bugs do not transmit diseases to humans, but their bites can cause itchy welts that may become infected if scratched.
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