Savannah Bed Bug Control
The bed bug hysteria is somewhat scary. A picture has been painted of blood sucking insects marching across the country unimpeded. People ask me every day, what can I do? How do I know if I have a problem? How can I prevent bed bugs?
Here are a few facts and a few tips. Adult bed bugs are wingless insects, roughly oval in shape, 5-6mm long when fully grown, and are fast runners. They are rust brown in color and change to a deeper red brown following a blood meal. Bed bugs are flattened and very thin allowing them to hide in narrow cracks and crevices, making detection often very difficult.
How They Travel
Bed bugs are carried from place to place on clothing, furniture, suitcases and the like. If you purchase used furniture, thoroughly inspect the items before putting them in your home. When staying in a motel, thoroughly wash and high heat dry (120°F) your clothes and inspect your travel bags.
Bed bugs respond to the warmth and carbon dioxide of a host and quickly locate a suitable feeding site. They tend not to live on humans and the only contact is for a blood meal. Most blood feeding occurs at night, and they generally seek shelter during the day and become inactive while digesting the blood meal. They can survive for long periods without feeding. While their preferred host is human, they are known to feed on other warmblooded animals. Being a secretive species, bed bugs tend to shelter in dark areas close to where people sleep. This includes under mattresses, floorboards, paintings, carpets, in various cracks and crevices of furniture, bed frames, and walls. Virtually anywhere.
Bed Bug Control Facts
- Very common in the Savannah and Liberty County areas
- Eggs to 1st Feeding: 6-17 days
- Egg to Adult (capable of laying eggs): 7-10 weeks
- Average Life Span: 18 months
- Female can lay 200-500 eggs in a lifetime
- Adult Bed Bugs Feed Every 3-4 days
- Bed Bugs feed mostly at night
- They hide in dark cracks and crevices
- Adult beg bugs can walk 4 feet in a minute
- Adult bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye, are ¼ of an inch
- No documented human disease transmission from bed bugs has occurred
- Capable of infesting virtually any structure
If you find bed bugs in your home, be prepared for a timely and sometimes costly treatment experience. A successful treatment strategy requires a great deal of customer cooperation and preparation. While bed bugs are not known as transmitters of diseases, an infestation can be a very traumatic experience. We will help you every step of the way.