How long can you go without a Bed Bug treatment and not know you have an infestation? Quite a while!
As pest pros here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area we often find folks in serious need of a bed bug treatment who had just realized they might have a problem! Bed bugs are super stealthy and can live in your home, feeding on your blood for months without being found out!H
ow is this possible? In this article I explain how Bed Bugs can go undetected so long, and I’ll give you some pointers on how to find them before your infestation gets out if control!
There’s three main reasons why bed bugs can go extended periods of time without being detected:
- Their bite is very light and usually unnoticed.
- Their bites leave little to no marks on many people.
- They generally are only out and feeding while you are sleeping.
Let’s go through each item and then we’ll look at how we can detect them earlier. So that you can get your bed bug treatment done before your infestation gets really crazy!
Their bite is very light and usually unnoticed.
Many folks who find out they have a bed bug infestation are very surprised that they never felt a bite. I’ve had customers tell me things like “I’d know if I had bed bugs because I’d feel them biting me, right?” Wrong!
While a bed bug is biting you it injects it’s saliva into you which has a numbing agent in it. It will also contain a blood anticoagulant which helps the blood to flow freely out of you, further preventing irritation. In these ways most bed bug bites go completely undetected at the time of the bite. These dudes are stealthy!
Their bites leave little to no marks on many people.
“I would know if I had a bed bug problem because I would have marks where they bit me like other people I know have had. Right?” Nope.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, bed bug bites leave no visible or felt evidence behind on many people, to tell us they’ve been there, ate there, and loved it. (They could at least get on Yelp and let us know what they thought of the service at that bedroom/restaurant!)
Believe it or not it, according to some studies it’s at least 30% of all people that have no reaction to bed bug bites! In the Elderly the number can be as high as three-fourths of folks not having any reaction. Also, how a person commonly reacts to mosquito bites has a direct correlation with if or how severely they will react to bed bug bites. Folks who normally have mild reactions to mosquito bites, usually have little or no reaction to bed bug bites, and vise versa.
They generally are only out and feeding while you are sleeping.
This is the biggest and most obvious reason so many bed bug treatments get delayed for so long. These dudes are stealthy! They hide in the folds, cracks and crevices of your mattress, box spring, and frame waiting to come out under cover of darkness, to feed on you. This can go on for months without any notice from you!
So what can I do to find them before they get out of control?
We recommend periodically checking your box springs, mattress and bed frame every couple of weeks. The life cycle of bed bugs is about 4 weeks to sexual maturity so spotting a few after two weeks would help the treatment be successful faster.
Bed bug treatments vary quite a bit in not only their content, from company to company, but also price. Getting an inspection and estimate is the best first step to take after you initially identify or suspect a bed bug infestation. At NaturZone Pest Control we not only have a method that is unique in it’s effectiveness, but also very unique in that usually require NO PREPARATION by our customers. Not only that, but we can usually give a FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY on our bed bug treatments! That is very uncommon in the industry and demonstrates how confident we are in our methods!
If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.
Till then, thanks for reading!
Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,
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