Bedbugs are a growing problem in South Carolina and all across the United States. Greenville-Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach and Charlotte were all on this year’s list for the worst bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are not only a nuisance, they can easily spread disease and cause skin infections. Don’t underestimate these pests!
How to Identify Bed Bugs
The common bed bug is visible to the naked eye. Their flat shape enables them to readily hide in cracks and crevices. After a blood meal, the body elongates and becomes swollen. They are about 3/16″ long, broadly oval and flat. Most are mahogany or red-brown in color. The larvae are very small and clear. After feeding bed bug larvae can resemble small drops of fresh blood.
If the top of the mattress has any rips, the bed bugs may hide there as well. Look in your box springs also, both top and bottom for any rips that might shelter these bugs.
Common Home-Remedy Bed Bug Treatments
- Sticky traps: While useful in first detecting and diagnosing a bedbug infestation, such traps are not a reliable solution for removing the bugs.
- Dismantling, cleansing and/or disposing of beds: Bedbugs earn their name—biting and feeding upon the blood of people while they sleep. But bedbugs can nest in any hidden corner or crevice several yards from the bed itself! Replacing a mattress is an expensive solution which often makes no difference in removing the bedbugs!
- Vacuuming and/or steam cleaning: Though effective in reducing the adult bedbug population, vacuuming is a “band aid” solution at best. Bedbug eggs adhere to surfaces with a cement-like substance which cannot be vacuumed or steam-cleaned.
- Insecticides: Insecticide treatments effective against bedbugs are not for sale at big box stores.
Amateur methods lead to amateur results!
The unfortunate bottom line: nature has gifted the bedbug with defenses against even the most aggressive means available to the average household or business. Professional knowledge and bed bug treatment methods are your best defense against bed bugs. If you suspect bedbugs, immediately call the pest control pros at Cayce Exterminating – 803-796-BUGS – Your Pest, Our Problem!
Our experience is support by a study by Ohio State University that shows that over-the-counter bug bombs will NOT get rid of a bed bug infestation.