Bed Bug Control in Modesto
Have you been waking up to itchy red bumps on your body? If this has been happening frequently, chances are you have bed bugs. Homeowners often bring bed bugs back when vacationing, having guests from out of town stay over, or from a recent stay at a hotel. However they invade, it’s crucial to call an experienced bed bug treatment professional to quickly address the issue and stop the infestation from getting worse.
Successful bed bug control starts with knowing where the bugs are hiding. At Best Pest Management, our licensed and certified professionals are experienced in managing bed bug infestations and have served the Central Valley area with effective solutions since 2018. We know how bed bugs operate, where they like to hide, and can quickly and accurately pinpoint their hot spots for effective treatment. Let us help you put an end to those frustrating bites.
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What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, primarily humans. Adults resemble an apple seed both in appearance and size. They have six legs and are reddish-brown in color. Immature nymphs are miniature versions of adults with a lighter hue. Bed bugs cannot fly but are excellent crawlers, which makes it easy for them to hitchhike onto items like luggage, furniture, boxes, and other belongings.
Bed bugs are excellent hiders. They spend all day in secluded cracks and crevices of a bed or on items near where you sleep. When night falls and victims sleep, bed bugs come out of hiding to feast on a blood meal required for their molting and breeding. As time passes, their population can slowly grow and spread from room to room until there is a large infestation. This is why it’s important to eradicate the invasion as quickly as possible.
Bed bugs are very adept at keeping themselves hidden. Their small size helps them easily maneuver into the tightest of cracks and crevices. Many homeowners with bed bug infestations only know they have them because of bites, having never actually seen them.
These following signs can tell you where bed bugs have been active:
- Blood stains on your sheets and/or bedding. It is not uncommon for bed bugs to get squished in the middle of feeding on you in your sleep. This can leave a small spot of blood on your sheets or your mattress. Take a look when you are washing your sheets to see.
- Bed bug droppings. Once bed bugs have had a heavy meal, they are likely to defecate shortly after. These fecal marks look like blood stains but are smaller and darker, almost black. These can be found on sheets, mattresses, walls, curtains, and other surfaces. Areas where there are lots of smears are where bed bugs hide most.
- Eggs and casings. Bed bugs go through several molting phases before reaching adulthood. Starting with when they break out of their egg at birth and ending with the fifth and final instar where they shed their skins. The skins look like a bed bug with a hollow body while the eggs look like a grain of white rice.
- Live bed bugs. When you openly see live bed bugs, this is an indicator that the infestation is very large and bed bugs are lacking hiding spaces, so they travel out in search of a new place to hide. Bed bugs are also much more visible after they have had a meal as their bodies become engorged with blood.
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Upon first signs of bed bug activity, you should call Best Pest Management immediately. We will promptly visit your home to gauge the severity of the situation and present you with a free estimate of our service.
Here’s what you can expect from our bed bug control program:
Inspection: Our bed bug specialists will perform a detailed inspection of your home for activity. As licensed professionals, we have the experience necessary to correctly confirm the presence of bed bugs or if you have some other pest issue. Upon completion, we will provide you with treatment options and an honest estimate based on the severity of the problem. Once we have an agreement, we will begin treatment.
Treatment: Getting rid of bed bugs takes a multi-layered approach to ensure all phases of bed bugs are eradicated. Depending on your preferences, we will select a combination of residual insecticides, powders, crack and crevice sprays, and mattress encasements. Your bedding and frames will have to be deconstructed to easily access active hiding spots. We will use a HEPA vacuum to eliminate live bugs, nymphs, eggs, and casings and can use heat treatments to ensure bed bugs do not survive on your furniture and carpeting. We will return to perform a follow-up treatment after a week to ensure the bed bug infestation is totally eradicated.
Prevention: At this point, it is up to you to prevent bed bugs from returning. Vacuum your home regularly and be careful bringing in secondhand items or other belongings that have been elsewhere. When staying at a hotel or away from home, check your sleep areas for bed bugs and keep your luggage in a safe place where bed bugs are unlikely to hitch a ride (near the front door or in the bathroom).
With just a simple phone call to Best Pest Management, we can begin the process of eliminating bed bugs from your home and putting a stop to those sleepless nights.
Call us today at (209) 370-2324 or fill out our online form to schedule a free estimate. We’re eager to help you sleep soundly again.
“Best pest sent Brandon out same day! He did a thorough inspection, found 3 different entry points in our home that this rat may have used to get in. He set 2 traps , and placed a bait box. 5 hours later the rat was dead! Thank goodness.”Diamond D.