Here are some tips on checking for bed bugs
The prospect of sleeping in a home that’s infested with bed bugs is enough to freak anybody out. Bed bugs are tiny, barely visible bugs that feed on the blood of a host animal, usually a human. Additionally, bed bugs have the potential to cause sores on the body, and they can even spread disease. Many times, people catch bed bugs in a hotel room and unknowingly transfer them to their homes. However, you can prevent this by thoroughly checking your home and any other beds you stay in for these tiny creatures. Additionally, make sure you get help right away when you notice an infestation. Check these places for bed bugs:
Inspect the Bed
This is obvious, but you must inspect the entire bed for these bugs. They like to hide in the cracks and crevices, ready to jump out and make you a meal when the time is right. You should be checking the mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, sheets, pillows and anything else. Bed bug infested beds will have red, rusty looking spots from where the bugs have been feeding or where they have been smashed.
Inspect the other furniture
Bed bugs will travel from up to 20 ft. to feed on a host. Which means that bed bugs could be lurking in the chair in the corner, or even in the nightstand next to the bed. You’re still looking for rusty spots and the presence of the bugs here.
Check doors & window frames
Many times, bed bugs can travel through doors and window frames, through the small cracks that humans can’t see. If you see rusty spots by your doors or window frames, this is a sign that bed bugs are in the room or have been in the room, and you need to have it inspected before you go to sleep.
Check your Body
Unfortunately, one of the best ways to figure out whether or not you have bed bugs is to check your body. You’ll notice marks from where the bugs have been feeding on you. Additionally, if you notice any of these marks, it’s smart to notify a medical professional to figure out how you treat bed bug bites.
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Watch out for these pests this winter!
Finding a pest indoors is a nightmare scenario for some. Furthermore, some people believe that during winter, they’re safe from pests. However, this is not true. Some pests even prefer the winter months indoors because they don’t hibernate like some insect species. Unfortunately, you still may need pest treatments, even when there’s snow on the ground. Take a look at the following pests that could still be active in this area, even after the last leaf falls!
Two pests that love to take refuge inside of warm homes are mice and rats. Rodents have long, flexible bodies that can fit underneath doors, in between walls, in your HVAC system and almost anywhere else. Furthermore, they sneak out at night to feed on crumbs and other food they can get to. Fortunately, you can prevent mice and rats by cleaning up after yourself – give them nothing to eat and nowhere to stay!
The roach is another insect that you may find seeking a warm, dry area inside of your home. There are many species of roaches, but not all of them like the same conditions. You may find roaches in your pantry, bathroom, around your drains and other places. Call a pest professional if you have an infestation.
Considering they live most of their lives on the inside of homes, bed bugs can thrive in winter conditions. Additionally, you may carry them from a hotel to your home without ever even noticing it. Make sure to check your bed and hotel room carefully for bed bugs, and make sure you get any problems taken care of right away!
Spiders love to spend the winter in attics and basements where they can get away from the cold, damp conditions. This means be careful when sticking your nose into dark, hidden places where spiders like to hang out. You may get more than you bargained for!
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Holiday Pest Control Tips: Stay merry without pests
Plan to have festive family get-togethers this year? Entertaining friends and co-workers for a year-end bash? Orchestrating a fun-filled staycation at home? Don’t let uninvited guests – pests – ruin your plans. Control insects before they get cozy for the winter with professional pest control services in Maryville, IL.
Holiday Pest Myths
When winter comes along, many people think that Maryville, IL’s pests won’t show their faces (or legs) until the spring. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. As much as you’d like all your holiday wishes to come true, you’re likely to encounter a pest or two before the festive season is over. The truth is, winter can tempt pests to come indoors for a few reasons, such as:
- Many species of insects breed during the winter, and a warm, mostly undisturbed residence is a great place for them to do so.
- Staying warm and safe. Some pests, like rodents, breed in the fall, so you can expect babies to arrive around the holidays. It’s best to start pest extermination before the holiday season arrives. Homes are a warm, safe place for a family of rats to live.
- Once breeding has occurred, insect larvae need a safe, warm place to nest. This is often found in basements, within crevices, and behind walls.
Professional Exterminators in Maryville, IL
As Maryville, IL’s home for effective pest control, we offer a range of residential pest control services. Our exterminators are highly trained and qualified to seek out pests and rodents, treat affected areas and take preventive measures to keep pests away. Maryville residents continue to trust us because:
- We are members of the National Pest Management Association and the Illinois Pest Control Association
- We offer a 60-day warranty on all pest control services
- We use only child and pet-safe products
- We provide free, no-obligation inspections of your home
Create Critter-Free Holiday Memories
The last thing you want to be remembered for are party-crashing creepy crawlers at your holiday event. Start the pest removal process now with the help of Maryville, IL’s top pest control team: Imel Pest Control. Whether you already have a pest control problem or want to prevent one, we’re here to help. Contact us today at (618) 377-9839 to schedule a free estimate.