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Little Pests – Big Problems
Our technicians get the job done fast, and with as little disruption to your household as possible … which is more than we can say about bed bugs!
Unlike our technicians, bed bugs are VERY disruptive! If you are currently dealing with a bed bug infestation, you know the little pests can lead to big problems. Bed bugs are bloodsuckers, literally and figuratively! They are tiny vampires that feed off your blood while you’re asleep, leaving you with itchy and painful bites and rashes that vary in degree from mildly uncomfortable to seriously painful. In some cases, bed bug bites can lead to more severe symptoms that require medical attention, such as blistering, irregular heartbeat, and flu-like symptoms.
Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, bed bug infestations can take a physical and emotional toll on a household. Many people become anxious and lose sleep thinking about being used as food for hungry bugs. Moreover, even mild bed bug bites can be itchy and painful distractions that require tending to throughout the day.
Get Bed Bugs Out of Your Bed & Out of Your Life
Nathan was very professional and did a excellent job handling my bed bug situation.
– Vinnie M.
Bed Bugs 101
What exactly are bed bugs? Members of the Cimicidae family of parasitic insects, the common bed bug is known in scientific and entomological circles as Cimex lectularius; the variation that primarily resides in tropical climates (and are therefore less likely to be the bed bugs found in St. Louis) is known as Cimex hemipterus. They are reddish-brown, flat, oval insects up to 4-5 mm long. They appear red and swollen after a meal— they feed only on blood. In cold temperatures, they can go without food for up to a year which unfortunately means that you might not be in the clear even if you’ve gone months without experiencing a bite. That being said, they prefer to be actively feeding on their host at night when the host is asleep.
They are experts at evading detection so they’re not easily found by the average person. They often hide in cracks and crevices, in sheets, mattress seams, electrical outlet plates, behind baseboards, and picture frames. They are also excellent stowaways: unknowing travels can bring them along in their luggage, leaving them behind to infest new places as they travel. Don’t worry though, whether the bed bugs in your home are of the Cimex lectularius or Cimex hemipterus variety, we can take care of your problem fast so that you never have to worry about being an unintentional infestation carrier.
The Invisible Menace
Unless the infestation is cleared, the bites are likely to persist or reoccur once the bloodsuckers are hungry again. We pride ourselves on our quick service and on making things easy for our clients, so Call Pure Pest at the first sign of a bed bug infestation and we’ll get on the job right away! We’ll send a technician over to perform a thorough inspection of your home and identify the root cause and the scope of your problem and make a plan to deal with it that prioritizes your health and comfort.
How Serious is the Problem?
Bed bug infestations can be dangerous and best handled by professionals rather than DIY pest control options. A bed bug can lay 200-500 eggs during its lifetime and with an adequate food supply and normal temperature conditions, each bed bug can live for more than 300 days during which they can feast on any part of the human body that is covered in skin (which is basically all of it) creating a host of problems including:
How Do I Know if I Have Bed Bugs?
How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
St. Louis has had a difficult time achieving effective bed bug control—especially in hotels on a larger scale. Pure Pest often uses a combination of the described methods for more successful results.
Some of our methods include:
- Chemical Management – Bed bugs have become very resistant to pyrethroid insecticides, so proper chemical management is very important.
- Heat Treatment – This is effective, but the temperature must reach 140 degrees. It is labor-intensive, tedious and time-consuming. Pure Pest uses the best heating equipment to bring lethal to bed bug temperatures throughout the infested areas. Our team will arrive early and stay on site until the job is completed. For more information & how to prepare your home for a heat treatment, click here to download our Bed Bug Heat Treatment Booklet
It is possible that several treatments may be required, and our bed bug technicians will do everything they can do to get rid of them and prevent their return.
You can trust Pure Pest technicians to be mindful of your safety, with minimal use of chemicals Because bed bugs live in close proximity to humans, we take extra precautions to avoid any toxicity or allergies developing in our customers.
Bed Bugs at a Glance
Bed bugs are 4 to 5 mm in length. They go through several “nymph” cycles throughout their lives in which they resemble adults, but smaller. They turn a reddish color after feeding. They live about 2 to 4 months under normal circumstances.