St. Louis 16th Out of 20 Worst Cities for Bed Bugs

In a report released in August of 2017, St. Louis ranked 16th out of 20 for cities with bed bug infestations.  Bed bugs are small, oval, brown, parasitic insects from the cimicid family.  They feed only on the blood of humans and animals.  They are unable to fly but can move quickly and are hard to spot due to their small size and nocturnal activities.  Often, a home owner will see the discarded remnants from molting as these bugs grow from egg to adult.  Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs over their lifetime.  Bed bugs will attach themselves, at night, to their hosts to feed. Bed bug bites are painless but will often turn into itchy, raised, red bumps that are often confused with mosquito or flea bites.

Bed bugs can enter your home in many different ways.  Their small, flat bodies allow them to hide in clothing, used furniture, sheets and bedding, or luggage.  Bed bugs do not have a centralized nest but hide in groups only being noticed by their husks and remains.  Once inside a home, bed bugs can spread quickly to other rooms and areas of the home.  As populations become denser in residential areas, bed bug populations are on the rise.  The good news about these pests is they do not spread disease and are a nuisance rather than a danger to humans.

Tips to protect your home from bed bugs…

  • Wash and dry all infested materials on the highest washer and dryer setting.
  • Seal all cracks and potential hiding and entry points inside and outside of your home.
  • Thoroughly vacuum your mattress, curtains, and carpets. When you are finished place the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag and immediately discard the bag outside of your home.
  • Remove clutter from your home, especially around your bed.
  • If you are buying used furniture, clothing, or bedding be sure to inspect closely to ensure the items are free from infestation.
  • Never bring furniture from the curb or outdoors.

If you suspect you may have a problem, consider calling the experts at All Seasons All Pests.  Our experts know how to manage and eliminate problem pest populations while making sure your loved ones are safe. Call our offices today for a free, initial consultation.

The Truth About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can make anyone a little squeamish about getting a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, as much as we would like it, bed bugs are not a myth. They are very real and if you run into them, they can cause havoc. Bed bugs are quite small. An adult bed bug can be the size of a tick and are often mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches.

Bed bugs only feed on blood and have been able to survive up to a year without a meal under the right conditions. They are usually four to five mm long and can be swollen and red after eating. They tend to be more active at night and are found in small cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets and furniture. Bed bugs travel easily and may infest your home after hitching a ride from a hotel on your luggage or other personal belongings or heading home with you from a gym.

When looking for signs of bed bugs, it is important to check all the spaces around a bed. Obviously, if you see bed bugs you will want to call an expert right away, but just because you don’t see one, doesn’t mean you are free and clear. You may want to look for their case skins. As they grow, they shed their skins and leave their old skins behind. You may see signs of bites or welt on your body and begin looking. Even if this is all the evidence you will find, it is enough.

Female bed bugs can deposit one to five eggs daily and may lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime. A bed bug can live for nearly a year under the right conditions. Left untreated, the problem can grow exponentially.

To prevent an infestation, try to keep your living space clutter free. Wash and dry your linens on the hottest temperature safe for the fabrics and make sure to thoroughly check any second-hand furniture before giving it a place in your home.

If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, it is wise to call the experts at All Seasons, All Pests. We can come in to assess the situation and recommend treatments to keep your home safe. Call today for your initial consulation.