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BOISE BED BUGS
We have seen an increasing number of cases of bed bugs in the Treasure Valley over the last several years. If you even think you are seeing signs of bed bugs, please don’t hesitate to call Barrier Pest Control. When your family’s comfort and safety is at stake, our skilled, thorough and trusted technicians will make the difference.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Adult Bed Bugs are 1/5 of an inch long and roughly 1/8 of an inch wide. They are reddish brown in color, sometimes darker. When a bloodmeal hasn’t been found recently, Bed Bugs are very flat and oval in shape. Bed Bugs feed on the blood of humans primarily at night, but can also feed on poultry, dogs, cats, rodents, etc. As the name implies, they are often found in and around beds! Though prolific eaters,these insects astoundingly can go for up to a year without a blood meal.
Female Bed Bugs can lay 2 eggs per day, and can lay up to 200 eggs in a lifetime. Eggs hatch relatively quickly, in 6-7 days. Bed Bugs hide out during the day in cracks and crevices; on folds, tufts, and seams in mattresses and box springs. They can also be found behind picture frames,headboards, in carpet, behind baseboards, under doors, in light or electrical fixtures, or anywhere else they can find. At night, Bed Bugs come out to feed, as they are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide. Bed Bugs are sometimes difficult to find but can be detected by spots of fecal matter or bloody spots on bedding.
Here is a picture illustrating how small these pests are. If you inspect closely, you can often find them bunched up together in one spot on your mattress or in your bedding.
Signs and Symptoms of Bed Bugs
- Red, itchy bites
- Uncomfortable, restless nights
- Visible markings on arms, legs, shoulders, ankles
- Tiny blood stains on bed
- Musty odor
- Presence in or around corners of mattress
If you have experienced any of the above signs or symptoms, you may have a bed bug problem. Bed Bugs in Boise and surrounding areas is increasingly a concern and a reality. Bed Bugs were all but eliminated during the 1950’s, due to DDT and other pesticides used at the time. But after decades of pesticide regulation, an increase of international travel, lack of awareness/knowledge about bed bugs, their numbers have steadily increased. Treatment for Bed Bugs is possible and effective! If you suspect a Bed Bug problem, give us a call, our treatment plans can safely rid your home and family of these insects!