Bed Bugs Control
Bed Bug Control in Yakima & Kittitas Counties
Bed bugs are found throughout the U.S. They are in the finest homes, hotels, apartments and businesses. They are in buses, taxis, airplanes and cruise ships. Bed bugs travel on luggage, used furniture, boxes and clothing. We eliminate bed bugs. The nocturnal pest lives on blood from mammals or birds. They hide in cracks, furniture, along carpet edges and appliances. They are found in bed frames, mattresses and box springs. We know all the areas to look for bed bugs.
Bed bugs bite mainly at night. They do not transmit diseases. Bites produce a red raised area that itches.
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Bed bugs are often mistaken for other tiny pests. We are experts at identifying and eliminating bed bug infestations. We inspect the area and develop a plan. Our integrated approach may include non-chemical and chemical methods. We know the exact procedure, products and strengths to use when applying dusts, insecticides and sprays. Steam cleaning or a powerful vacuum cleaner may be necessary. The methods are important. For example, improper vacuuming can transport the pest from one room to another.
Dry steam cleaning may be used in areas where it is not practical to use insecticides or pesticides, such as on couches. Dry steam cleaning reaches a temperature of 133 degrees Fahrenheit. It is best used in conjunction with other methods. The reliance upon one method may not eradicate the bed bugs at every stage of their development.
Other eco-friendly heat treatments eliminate bed bug infestations. Entire buildings can be heated to the correct high temperature. The heat must be maintained for the proper length of time. A generator, fans and special equipment are necessary when this method is applied. Bed bugs are killed wherever they are hiding and at every stage of their life cycle.
Proper procedures must be followed and the area closely monitored to completely control bed bug infestations. Prosite Pest Control has the experience, knowledge, training and equipment to eliminate bed bugs. Our bed bug control methods are effective and safe for people, pets and plants. Call us for a free quote.
Bed Bugs Life Cycle
Bed bugs are nocturnal, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. These wingless insects have dorsoventrally flattened bodies that allow them to hide in areas such as floor cracks, carpets, beds and upholstered furniture.
A bed bug’s life begins with an egg, grain like and milky white in color. Female bed bugs lay between one and five eggs each day and may lie up to 500 eggs within one lifetime. Eggs are laid singly or in clusters and are placed within tight cracks or crevices. The egg is approximately 1 mm in length and is comparable in size to two grains of salt. Within two weeks, eggs hatch and immature bed bugs begin immediately to feed.
The young bed bugs, or nymphs, pass through five molts before reaching maturity. Although nymphs appear similar to adults, they are smaller in size and are not yet sexually mature. Young nymphs are also yellow-white in color, while older nymphs and adults are reddish-brown. In order to complete a molting stage, each nymph requires a blood meal. At room temperature, nymphs molt and become adults within five weeks.
Upon reaching maturity, bed bug adults often make weekly feedings. The life span of a bed bug most commonly ranges from four to six months. However, some bed bugs may live up to a year under cool conditions and with no food.