Bed bugs have become a very common pest throughout the world in the last two decades. In Vancouver, they can be found in the homes of rich and poor alike, as well as hotel rooms, movie theatres, public transport and anywhere people gather. Bedbugs are a notoriously difficult pest to get rid of, and professional treatment is often the only option.
Do you have bed bugs?
The first sign of a bed bug infestation is usually the bites. Bedbugs will feed every night if they can, and their bites often leave small red bumps like a mosquito bite. This is caused by an allergic reaction to the bedbug’s saliva which it injects as it feeds. However, not everyone reacts to the bites in the same way. Some people develop huge welts; others don’t react at all. There is currently no way to tell from a bite whether it was caused by a bed bug or another insect. The best indication is if there are multiple bites, but even that is not definitive proof.
Another sign of bedbug infestation is the droppings they leave. Since they feed exclusively on blood – preferably human – the droppings they leave are essentially blood spots. These often show as black, and may be seen on bedclothes, furniture, baseboards or wherever bedbugs hide.
The third and most obvious sign is seeing the bugs themselves. Fully grown bedbugs are 4-5mm in length, oval shaped, with slightly flattened bodies (though this varies according to how recently they have fed). Bedbugs are a translucent whitish colour when they first hatch from an egg, but after feeding they take on a dark red colour from the blood they’ve ingested. Bedbugs will feed every night if they get a chance; however, they can survive for over a year without feeding.
How to get rid of bed bugs
Bedbugs are a very difficult pest to get rid of. Their flattened bodies allow them to hide in the smallest cracks and crevices of a room, and when first hatched out, the tiny transparent bugs are extremely difficult to see. Additionally, their eggs are impervious to many of the pesticides currently in use, so multiple treatments are often required. If a single adult female escapes the treatment, the problem will recur as soon as she begins to lay eggs again.
For these reasons, bed bug control is often best left to a professional company with lots of experience in dealing with these difficult pests. Green Frog Pest Control has abundant experience in treating bed bugs in some of Vancouver’s most challenging environments. Our treatments focus on finding and eradicating each and every bug to ensure that your home is completely pest free. We offer both chemical and non-chemical controls to protect the health of you and your family.
Preparation for Treatment
Getting rid of bedbugs for good is a joint effort between you and your chosen pest control provider. It is very important that all preparation instructions instructions be carefully followed. Please see our preparation sheet here.
Of course, not everyone is capable of doing everything necessary to prepare for a bedbug treatment. As a result, Green Frog Pest Control offers a complete bedbug preparation service through our sister company CleanStart BC. They can ensure that everything is prepared just the way we need it. And if we do the preparation ourselves, we can offer a guarantee that the bedbugs will be gone for good! Call for more details on our preparation services.