Lehigh County Bed Bug Control
Almost every homeowner has had unwelcome guests from time to time in the form of insects or other pests that invade the home. Although no one wants any insect in the home, bed bugs are probably the one that causes the most concern. Bed bug infestations have been on the rise in the United States during the past decade. Authorities blame this increase on international travel, immigration and the banning of DDT, a pesticide that all but eliminated bed bugs from the country in former years.
While keeping a home clean and limiting access will work with certain kinds of insects, this is not the case with bed bugs. They have been found in the cleanest of homes, businesses and even five star hotels. They can ride along on any fabric including luggage, clothing, bedding, upholstered furniture and toys such as stuffed animals. They are carried from house to house or apartments by visitors or movers or carried home from hotel rooms by unsuspecting travelers. If you travel a lot, we suggest getting a bed bug travel kit. Bed bugs are very common in Coatesville, Allentown, Wayne, Collegeville and the entire Southeast corridor of PA.
Eliminating Bed Bugs
If a home is infested with bed bugs it is possible but extremely difficult to eliminate them. Because they like to burrow in warm, dark areas, they most often find their way to the bedroom. Usually, the first sign that bed bugs have invaded is a red, itchy rash on the skin of residents upon awakening in the morning. On closer inspection, blood or dark stains can be seen on the mattress or bed linens. The first step in getting rid of bed bugs is to remove all bedding, including the mattress, fabrics such as curtains, draperies and pillows. Seal everything in plastic bags and remove them from the bedroom.
Bedding must be washed in hot water and the mattress replaced. Every part of the bedroom must then be scrubbed, vacuumed and treated with an insecticide. Pay particular attention to cracks and crevices around the baseboard of the room. Dismantle the bed and scrub the bed rails, headboard and footboard. Also, scrub every item of furniture and treat carpeting with insecticide.
Professional Help in Lehigh County
Since most homeowners are not prepared to handle a bed bug infestation, it is wise to contact Homeland Pest Control at the first sign of the insects. We have trained technicians. They can determine the scope of the infestation and know the exact pesticides to use that are not available to homeowners. Call us today and we will rid your home of bed bugs safely and effectively. You will have peace of mind and enjoy your home once again.