Many people think of bed bugs as no more than part of a cute bedtime cliche’: “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” But they are quite real, and far from cute. Bed bugs are small, brownish, flat insects, no bigger than a pinhead, or even undetectable by the naked eye.
They feed on the blood of animals, including humans. Their name comes from their tendency to live between mattresses and feed on bed occupants at night. Bed bugs don’t fly, but move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bed bugs lay up to five eggs a day and 500 during a lifetime.
Can Bed Bugs Ever Be Eliminated Once They Infest an Environment?
The simple answer is yes, it is possible to eliminate a bed bug infestation in most situations particularly if the bed bugs are detected shortly after they have been introduced into the environment. The longer bed bugs exist without being detected, the greater their opportunity to disperse within the environment, making it harder to find and eliminate 100% of the population. Another factor which plays a major role in how readily a bed bug infestation can be eliminated is the amount of available harborage for bed bugs to use as a safe haven from control efforts. Crowded and/or cluttered conditions, as well poorly sealed baseboards, chair and/or crown moldings, window frames, door frames, paneled walls, etc. offer an environment with virtually unlimited harborages. Choose a qualified pest control company for your bed bug service needs will help to ensure that your bed bug infestation is eliminated. Johnson Pest Control has gone above and beyond what is required of pest control providers, and has obtained the Bed Bug Central’s BedbugFREE designation provides our customer base with the assurance that our staff has been trained by the bed bug leaders of our industry. The BedbugFREE designation along with our QualityPro, QualityPro Schools and GreenPro certifications establish Johnson Pest Control’s strong commitment to be the best in our industry at every level for both our current and future customers.
Bed Bug Infestations
Bed bugs are believed to have originally traveled to the United States from Europe in the 17th century. Efforts to control them after World War II dramatically reduced the occurrence of U.S. bed bug infestations. But recently, as you have heard in the news, bed bug infestations have made a big comeback. Five or six years ago, pest control companies reported one or two bed bug service calls a year. Now, we are getting calls daily. And the National Pest Management Association’s member pest control companies have reported 50 times more bed bug service calls than usual in the past few years.
How to Identify a Bed Bug?
Bed bugs are flat, wingless and oval shaped (although young bed bugs can be too small for the naked eye to spot). They are often mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. Distinguishing characteristics include:
Mahogany to rust brown/red color
Short, golden body hair
Bed Bug Exterminator in Tennessee
If you suspect bed bugs in your home, contact Johnson Pest Control to schedule a free, in home consultation today. Offering bed bug services in Knoxville, Sevierville and East Tennessee.