Dealing with Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bug infestations are a common problem in Reno because bed bugs thrive in most environments. They can easily travel on luggage, stick to your clothing, or contaminate other personal belongings you have.

Quickly recognizing the signs of a possible bed bug infestation is important to good bed bug pest control. Bed bug infestations are difficult to take care of without the help of the best bed bug exterminators. Here is what you need to know to recognize signs of bed bug infestations and how professional bed bug exterminators can help.

Recognizing Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed bug infestations are best managed when a bed bug infestation is quickly identified before it can spread throughout the house. Unfortunately, bed bugs are small and are difficult to find because they tend to hide during the day.

Instead of looking for bed bugs themselves, look for other signs of their presence. If you see small red stains on your bed sheets, that is probably a result of bed bug bites on your body. If you see small brown spots or notice an unusual musty smell, those are probably the remnants of bed bug feces. You may also notice very tiny eggshell remnants left from bed bug nymphs that have hatched, or bed bug exoskeletons left from bed bugs who have just molted.

Where to Look for Bed Bugs

If you see signs of a bed bug infestation, you may be able to positively identify bed bugs if you know where to look for their hiding spots.  Bed bugs are usually brown, and are small, oval creatures with flat exoskeletons. Bed bugs can travel anywhere from 5-50 feet from where they feed, so be sure to check all furniture, clothing, walls, curtains, flooring, and even electric wall sockets. There are numerous potential hiding places for bed bugs.

Bedroom Infested with bed bugs

Determining the Extent of Infestation

Bed bugs treatment plans should keep in mind that bed bugs can easily spread and reproduced. The first part of any bed bug treatment plan is to identify the extent of the infestation. Since regular feeding will result in more bed bug fecal matter stains, the number and extent of brown stains shows the extent of the infestation. Egg remnants and exoskeleton castings around the bed generally indicated that an infestation has been active for at least a few weeks, since it takes 7 weeks for bed bug eggs to mature to adults.

Bed Bug Treatment Options

Traditionally, bed bugs have been treated with pesticides, but even if the pesticides are applied to all bed bug hiding areas, pesticide application treatments require multiple applications to kill bed bugs that hatch after the previous bed bug treatment since most bed bug pesticides cannot kill bed bug eggs. Bed bug heat treatment in Reno is the best and most effective bed bug control method, because it heats the entire infestation area to a thermal death point temperature that immediately kills both adults and eggs, without inconveniencing you, damaging your home furnishings, or forcing you to replace bedding. Heat treatment can kill bed bugs regardless of where they are hiding, and we highly recommend it.