Do you wake up in the morning covered in itchy red bites, often appearing in clusters or rows of three? If so, you might have bed bugs.
Bed bugs have made a comeback throughout the world in the last few years -perhaps because of increased international travel. Many times people pick bed bugs up while staying in hotels and hostels and then carry them home where they start a new colony in your bed! One thing’s for sure – wherever people are coming and going, bed bugs are not too far away.
If you think you may have a bed bug problem, Peregrine’s experienced technicians are here to help you sleep more comfortably.
Bedbugs do not limit their nesting sites to mattresses alone: depending on the severity of the infestation they can also be found in cracks and crevices in furniture, floors, window frames etc, as well as in clothing, soft toys, bedroom items in general and even in new furniture if it has somehow been exposed to infestation during storage or through packaging materials.
Bedbugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide and are normally most active in the early morning hours, just before dawn. They crawl or drop down on their victims and then pierce the skin with two hollow proboscises: one is used to inject blood thinners and anaesthetics and the other is used to suck up the blood.
You usually won’t feel the bite until some hours later when you’ll discover the tell-tale line of up to three red bites in a row or cluster that probably itch intensely. By this time the bedbug has long returned to its hiding place.
If you are not sure if you have bed bugs take a bright flash light and perform a visual inspection of the mattress, box spring, bed frame, and other furniture. You are looking for live bed bugs, dead bugs, or bed bug spotting.
Adult bedbugs are about 1/8th – 3/16th of an inch long and so are actually visible to the naked eye, if you look closely enough. They are flat, oval, red-brown in color and with a banded appearance caused by microscopic hairs. Immature nymphs are transparent and become browner as they age. Bed bugs are a similar size to an apple seed.In general, bedbugs only feed once every week or so and will go dormant for up to a year if fresh blood is not available. The life span of the average bedbug is six to nine months although dormant specimens will live longer.
Please help us help you by doing the following preparation in advance of your service:
1. Moving all furniture away from the walls by one foot
2. Remove contents on top of and inside of night stands and dressers.
3. Wash all bed linen and personal clothing using hot water and drying on a hot dryer setting
4. Bag all clothing, bed linen, personal items and remove from bedroom
5. Remove all contents from closets
6. Pick up belongings from the floor. Remove all clutter.
7. Ensure there is ample room to move furniture around the bedroom(s) and living room.
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Both Darcy and Marilyn at Peregrine were knowledgable and efficient. Thanks for the help.
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Had a nasty case of bed bugs and thankfully found Peregrine Pest Control. The receptionist who answered the phone was polite and helpful and I immediately felt like a load was off my shoulders. They told me everything I needed to do to prepare for the visit.
The guy who came to take care of the problem was professional and efficient. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!