Bed Bug Control in PA & NJ
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Here's an unsettling fact: Every section of Philadelphia ― including North, South, West, and Center City ― is full of bed bugs. In fact, researchers at Penn Medicine discovered that the number of bed bug sightings in the metropolitan area went up a staggering 70 percent annually between 2008 and 2012.
What is a Bed Bug?
A bed bug is flat and brown or reddish-brown. In length, an adult typically measures a little less than a quarter of an inch. Oftentimes, it takes an expert to identify a bed bug; it's easy to look at one and confuse it with a tick or another kind of insect.
Bed bugs are flightless, and they get around by scampering and climbing. They can also scurry across a ceiling, let go, and fall onto a bed. This method of transportation sounds like something from a "Mission Impossible" movie.
These pests can infiltrate buildings via luggage, backpacks, wheelchairs, pieces of furniture, shoes, clothes, and many other items. They enter houses, condos, offices, and apartment complexes for one simple reason: to eat. In fact, their diet consists of nothing but blood. Bed bugs like human blood above all, but they'll victimize cats, dogs, and other animals if they must.
To obtain blood from a person, a bed bug will stick its beak into his or her skin and drink for as long as 10 minutes. Afterwards, the insect will return to its hiding place and digest. Now, these injections don't hurt, but they can lead to red spots that become itchy as well as more serious health problems. For example, such bites can cause inflammation and dangerous allergic reactions, and they can get infected. Also, some people are allergic to the skins that these bugs shed. Moreover, people who have encountered bed bugs might experience anxiety, and they often have trouble sleeping.
Bed bugs tend to feed at night, and while they don't build nests, they're adept at hiding inside tiny nooks and cracks. For these reasons, it can be difficult at times to tell when bed bugs have invaded your home. However, if you see mysterious rust-colored stains on your bed, the culprits could very well be these insects.
Controlling Bed Bugs in the Greater Philadelphia Area
It's critical to get rid of these pests as soon as possible because they reproduce so quickly. After locating a hiding spot, a mature female bed bug will usually place at least one egg there every day; some bed bugs can lay several eggs on a daily basis. Each egg takes about a week to hatch. As a result, a female bed bug is capable of producing hundreds of offspring over the course of her life. By the way, these eggs are so small that it's difficult to see them with the naked eye.
It's extremely hard to get rid of bed bugs on your own; insect repellents certainly won't chase them away. The wisest course of action is to call for professional help ― specifically, professional help from DB Pest Solutions. The authorities there have the tools, the experience, and the expertise to get rid of your bed bugs quickly and safely. They can handle all of your other pest control needs too.