If the average night’s sleep is 8 hours, the average person spends about 26 years of their life sleeping. That equates to 9,490 days, or 227,760 hours. Think that’s surprising? Then listen to this: according to the 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey, 97% of pest professionals have treated bed bugs in the last year, with 91% of the places where bed bugs were found being single-family homes. With all the time we spend in bed, and the prevalence of bed bugs, it’s important to know what to do if you find a bed bug infestation and how to exterminate them properly. In North Canton, CPR is certified in proper bed bug extermination and can help you resolve an infestation quickly and discretely.
According to WebMD, bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Female bed bugs may lay hundreds of eggs over a lifetime, each being about the size of a speck of dust. Before they become adults, immature bed bugs (called nymphs) shed their skins five times. Adult bed bugs are approximately the size of an apple seed, and have flat bodies. Under favorable conditions, bed bugs can reach maturity in as little as a month. So, what are favorable conditions for bed bugs?
Named “bed bugs” because of where they are commonly found, these little creatures fit into tiny spaces (as little as the width of a credit card). Their typical hiding places are mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards because they have easy access to bite people in the night. Bed bugs live solely on blood, so people sleeping in beds is the perfect place for them to thrive. Now that we all have the heebie jeebies, how can you tell if you have bed bugs?
Only half of the population is allergic to bed bugs, making it difficult to know whether you have an infestation or not. Bites are the most commonly reported sign of an infestation. If you wake up with itchy areas or raised red bumps that weren’t there when you went to sleep, you just might have bed bugs. Some other signs to look for are dark spots on sheets and mattresses or shed skins near or on your bed. If you are concerned that you might have an infestation, you can call for an inspection by trained professionals. If you do, in fact, have bed bugs, don’t panic. Certified Professional Restoration specializes and focuses on bed bug extermination in North Canton, and can leave you having sweet dreams once again.
Because bed bugs have adapted to chemical treatments, these methods of use will not get rid of the pests. Our team uses techniques that are proven to work. Thermal extermination is the best treatment for bed bugs and the only one that will successfully get rid of them for good. Thermal extermination heats the air in your home to 120 – 135 degrees Fahrenheit. This range of temperatures is referred to as the ‘kill zone’ for bed bugs because exposure to these temperatures will eradicate bed bugs within minutes.
The professionals at CPR in North Canton know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, and to be sure that your bed is healthy and free from bed bugs. We can help make sure that you can sleep tight, knowing that your bed is free from any bed bugs that might bite.