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Bed Bugs Found In Washington State

When it comes to pest infestations in your Washington state home or business, bed bugs are near the top of the list for most despised. Feeding on the blood of humans as we sleep, bed bugs—scientifically known as Cimex lectularius—have made a comeback in recent years within both residential and commercial properties. Contrary to folklore, bed bugs don’t discriminate between dirty homes or clean ones either, making everyone susceptible to their bloodsucking wrath as they hitchhike on luggage, clothes, used furniture, friends, family, and even yourself.

We’re Tough on Bed Bugs

Bed bug treatments from Mathis Exterminating are unique, as these tiny insects are one of the most difficult to treat and prevent once an infestation is underway. Over the years, these pests have grown immune to various insecticides used against them. However, Mathis develops cutting-edge treatments after extensive testing and research. We use these results to create a custom bed bug elimination program that is tailored to your needs and will be effective even against the most stubborn bed bugs.

Unfortunately, there is no panacea that can ensure their eradication during your first treatment. Trust us, we wish there were. Typically, with the proper prep work in place, most customers will only need one to two treatments of the aggregation areas. But because most of these tiny terrors are in hiding during treatments, it can sometimes take three or more treatments over the course of a few weeks to get rid of the infestation completely.

With bed bugs, early detection is key to fast and efficient treatment, which is why it’s important to know what to look for if you think bed bugs have bombarded your bedroom.

How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

As simple as it sounds, the easiest way to detect bed bugs in your area is to look! Most bed bugs are located between a few inches and a few feet from where you lay in bed.

Common bedroom hiding places for bed bugs include:

  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillowcases
  • Mattress
  • Box Spring
  • Couches
  • Bookshelves
  • Electronic items

Bed bugs also leave behind signs of their presence, including reddish, rust-colored stains, ink-like excrement, shedded nymph (young bed bugs) skins, and eggs or eggshells.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are flat, oval-shaped insects. They have vestigial wing pads but no functional wings. As adults, bed bugs are light- to reddish-brown in color. Their abdomens appear to be banded because they’re segmented and covered with microscopic hairs. At maturity, bed bugs can grow from 4 to 5 millimeters long and between 1 1/2 to 3 millimeters wide.

How Do Bed Bugs Behave?

Carbon dioxide, warmth, and certain chemicals all attract bed bugs to their hosts. Their mouths are specifically adapted to pierce skin, as they feed on blood. While they’re feeding, they inject saliva with anticoagulant properties, like the majority of blood-sucking arthropods.

Generally, bed bugs feed at night and find shelter during the day. However, they will bite during the daytime if the opportunity presents itself, especially if they have gone without feeding for a while. Bed bugs usually feed every one to two weeks, but they can survive for up to a year without feeding. Depending on the environment, bed bugs’ lifespans range anywhere from about five months to one year.

Where Can I Find Bed Bugs (Besides Just Beds)?

Since they’re relatively small and flat—unless they’ve recently fed—bed bugs can live and hide in very tight spaces. Humans are their primary source of food, so they’re found in just about any place where you can find people.

They’re common in even the most unlikely of places, including hospitals, dorms, airplanes, trains, offices, ambulances, libraries, furniture rental stores, and even mortuaries. You’ll often find them in places such as comforters and bed sheets, small cracks close to beds or other furniture, behind the plates of electrical outlets, or in between the slats on roll-up blinds.

Health Concerns

A bite from a bed bug can result in a range of skin manifestations, from no visible effect at all to skin rashes or prominent blisters. Bed bugs can also cause a variety of health problems, such as allergic reactions and psychological effects.

Treating Bed Bugs

At Mathis, our professionals will provide you with information about common bed bug behaviors as well as steps you can take to help banish them from your home. We can offer guidance on:

  • How to use the newest bed bug products to treat your box springs and mattresses
  • How to manage your dressers, nightstands, headboards, beds, and bed frames
  • How to manage behind mirrors, shelving, or pictures
  • How to treat electrical outlets, carpeting, baseboards, and other areas where bed bugs tend to burrow and hide from view
  • How to take preventive steps to keep bed bugs from spreading

Call Mathis Exterminating Today for Advanced Bed Bug Treatment

The key to quick bed bug treatment is early detection. If you suspect these bugs have infested your home or business, contact Mathis Exterminating in Puget Sound as soon as you can to get your free estimate. With more than two decades of in-depth experience and licensed pest technicians, we can take care of bed bugs in your area the environmentally-friendly way.

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