Hartz Pest Control – Experienced Bed Bug Exterminator
Bed Bug Pest Control Services for Residential, Hospitality & Rentals, Student Housing, Group Housing
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Hartz Pest Control – Houston Bed Bug Exterminator trained to perform bed bug pest control for both residential and commercial structures.
Home owners often bring bed bugs home when vacationing or traveling for business and our children bring can bring these pest home from student housing or sleepovers.
Hospitality and Rental owners should call us as soon as you hear that your guests and tenants are reporting bites. We will act quickly, efficiently and discretely to address the problem, helping to ensure you don’t have screaming tenants or vacationers checking out and canceling reservations causing substantial loss to your bottom-line.
Our highly trained and professional pest control experts can also effectively deal with any other pest issue, such as bugs, fleas or flies in your rental or commercial property.
Bed bugs infestations can very quickly get out of control and become a major problem. We can prevent that from happening by providing affordable and thorough regular inspections, which can stop any such problems. If you operate multi-unit rentals or have hospitality clients, regular monitoring is especially important.
Throughout Houston, Texas there have been some bed bug infestations in recent years. They have spread throughout the region quickly, finding their way into homes across the state. If you think you’ve seen signs of them in your home, here’s what you need to know:
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are tiny parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and other animals. They typically make a home out of your bedding or other furniture where they can bite you while you are not aware. They are known to carry a variety of diseases including yellow fever and typhus among others.
What Does A Bed Bug Look Like?
Adult bed bugs are about 3/16 of an inch long and reddish-brown, with oval flattened bodies. They are sometimes mistaken for ticks or cockroaches. The immature nymphs resemble the adults, but are smaller and lighter in color. Bed bugs do not fly, but can move rapidly over floors, wall ceilings, and other surfaces.
Female bed bugs lay their eggs in secluded areas, depositing up to five a day and 500 during lifetime. The eggs are tiny, whitish, and hard to see on most surfaces without magnification. When first laid, the eggs are sticky, causing them to adhere to substrates. Newly hatched nymphs are straw colored and no bigger than a pinhead. As they grow, they molt five times before reaching maturity. A blood meal is needed between each successive molt.
Under favorable conditions, the bugs can complete development in as little as a month, producing three or more generations per year. Cooler temperatures or limited access to blood extends the development time.
Bed bugs are resilient, Nymphs can survive months without feeding and the adults for more than a year. Infestations, therefore, are unlikely to diminish by leaving premises unoccupied. Although bed bugs prefer feeding on humans, it will also bite other warm-blooded animals, including dogs, cats, birds and rodents.
How Bed Bug Infestations Begin
It often seems that bed bugs arise out of nowhere. The bugs are efficient hitchhikers and are usually transported in or on luggage, clothing, beds, furniture, and other items. This is a particular problem for hotels, motels and apartments, where turnover of occupants is constant. Bed bugs are small, cryptic and agile, escaping detection after crawling into suitcases, boxes and belongings. The eggs are especially tiny and are usually overlooked. Acquiring secondhand beds, couches and furniture is another way that the bugs are transported into previously non-infested dwellings. Bed bugs also can be carried in or on a person’s clothing or shoes, resulting in an infestation.
Once bed bugs are introduced, they often spread throughout a building. The bugs can travel from room to room or floor to floor either by crawling or via a person. Unlike cockroaches that feed on filth, the level of cleanliness has little to do with most bed bug infestations. Pristine homes, hotels and apartments have plenty of hiding places and abundance of warm-blooded hosts. Thus they are almost always vulnerable to infestations as are places of squalor.
How to Tell if Your Home is Infested
The first sign of bed bugs is usually tiny red bite marks. Most of the time, bed bugs leave a line of bite marks as they travel across your body. The marks may itch or hurt slightly. Also, you may wake up to discover little blood spots on your bedding where bed bugs have been crushed while you sleep. There may also be tiny bits of fecal matter present. You may also notice a musty smell to your bedding as the infestation progresses.
Why You Should Be Concerned
As mentioned above, bed bugs carry a wide range of diseases. They can also leave you itchy and uncomfortable throughout the day. However, the biggest concern is that they breed very quickly, and if you don’t stop the infestation early enough, it can take drastic measures to get rid of these pests. Also, a single bed bug can live up to a year and a half, so it isn’t enough to assume they will die off.
When to Call For Houston Bed Bug Pest Control Services
Generally, the best time to call an exterminator is at the first sign of bed bugs in your home. You can get a free inspection from your local exterminator to determine whether or not bed bugs are the source of your problem. If so, you will want to begin treatment immediately before the problem gets much worse.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Home
Hartz Pest Control uses a special Crossfire chemical concentrate to eradicate all signs of bed bugs and their offspring. This treatment takes approximately two hours and will continue to work for several months after it is applied. This way, if you happen to bring bedbugs back into your home from an outside infestation, they will be unable to recolonize your home. If you are starting to see symptoms of bed bugs, call Hartz right away and schedule your free inspection with our team.
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