Adult bed bugs are small, brownish-red insects that feed on blood. Bed bug nymphs (immature bed bugs) are smaller and lighter in color. Bed bugs often hide in mattresses, bedding, or furniture. If you think your home may have an infestation, please contact us to arrange for an inspection by one of our trained professionals.
Yes, pests can build resistance to treatments over time, especially if the same pesticide is used repeatedly. This is why it’s important to use a variety of control methods and not to rely solely on pesticides for pest control. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches, which include a combination of chemical and non-chemical methods, are less likely to result in resistance and are often more effective in the long run. Regularly rotating the types of pesticides used and working with a professional pest control service can also help prevent resistance.
If you see pests after a treatment, don’t panic. It’s normal to see some pests shortly after treatment as they are driven out of their hiding places by the pesticides. However, if you continue to see pests a week or two after the treatment, or if the numbers don’t seem to be decreasing, you should contact your pest control provider. They can assess the situation and determine if additional treatments are necessary.
Preventing a bed bug infestation when travelling requires proactive measures to minimize the risk of encountering and bringing these pests back home. Firstly, it is advisable to research and choose accommodations with a reputation for cleanliness and proactive pest control practices. Upon arrival, inspect the room thoroughly, focusing on the bed, mattress, and nearby furniture. Look for signs of bed bugs, such as live bugs, dark stains, or shed skins. If any signs are found, request a room change away from the infested area. During your stay, keep your luggage elevated and away from the bed and furniture. Consider using luggage stands or placing luggage in sealed plastic bags for extra protection. After returning home, carefully inspect luggage and clothing before bringing them inside. Wash and dry all clothing on high heat to kill any potential bed bugs. By being vigilant and taking these precautions, you can significantly reduce the risk of a bed bug infestation while travelling.
Common household pests include cockroaches, ants, termites, bed bugs, rodents (mice and rats), fleas, spiders, silverfish, flies, and mosquitoes. Cockroaches are resilient insects that contaminate food and spread diseases. Ants can invade homes in search of food, forming trails that can be difficult to eliminate. Termites are destructive pests that feed on wood, posing a threat to the structural integrity of homes. Bed bugs infest bedding and furniture, causing itchy bites. Rodents can cause property damage, spread diseases, and contaminate food. Fleas are parasitic insects that infest pets and homes. Spiders can be both beneficial and problematic, with some species being venomous. Silverfish feed on paper and fabric, while flies can carry diseases and contaminate surfaces. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and are known for their itchy bites and ability to transmit diseases. Effective pest control measures are important for managing and eliminating these pests to maintain a comfortable and healthy home environment.
There are options for cockroach pest control that are kind to the environment and animals, like using natural remedies or traps where the cockroaches can get out after being caught. It is best to ask a professional pest control company such as Birch Fumigators to decide what the best option is for your particular situation.