Bed Bug Control
Bed bugs can be found in residences, hotels, movie theaters, and most any place people congregate and travel. The adult bed bug is 1/4-inch long, oval, flat, and brown to reddish-brown. The bed bug is flat and thin when unfed but becomes more elongated, plump, and red when it is full of blood.
Although sanitation is helpful in the control of bed bugs, cleaning and vacuuming alone will not control the problem. Insecticides must be applied after detailed preparations are made, with follow-up inspections and treatments in order to control the problem. Control can take days to weeks, and sometimes longer to achieve. Waltham Services will schedule a follow up visit to re-inspect and retreat if necessary.
- The females will lay one to five eggs per day and 200-500 within her lifetime. Development time from egg to adult is 21 days.
- An adult bed bug can live for almost one year.
- Bed bugs get their name because they like to live and feed in beds.
- Bed bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices.
- A sweet, musty odor may be detected where heavy infestation exists.
- Commonly, the first sign of bed bug infestation is the appearance of small brownish or reddish dots on bed linens.
- An infestation of bed bugs is NOT evidence of unclean or unsanitary living areas.
- The first step of control is to have a professional thoroughly inspect the area. This inspection is required to determine the places where the bed bugs are living.
- Bed bugs do not fly, hop, or jump. They are good runners and will move between furniture and room to room.
- Bed bugs have been shown to harbor pathogens in their body, but transmission to humans has never been documented.
Prevention Tips for Travelers
Here are some tips to help you avoid bringing bed bugs home when traveling:
- Upon arriving in your room, do not place luggage on the bed, or the floor near the bed. Use luggage stands.
- Pay attention to unusual odors. A musty, sweet odor might indicate a significant bed bug presence.
- Work out of your suitcase and avoid placing clothing into bureau drawers if possible.
- Carefully remove the headboard from the wall behind the bed to look for signs of bed bugs. It may take two people to do this, as some headboards are quite heavy.
- Turn down the corners of the bed and look on the sheets and mattress for signs of bed bugs.