Bed Bugs in New Jersey
April 29, 2014
You may have heard jokes about bed bugs, but they are no laughing matter. In fact, a potential bed bug infestation in Monmouth County should be a serious concern. Alliance Pest Control can help you prevent these pests from entering your home, as well as remove them if an infestation has occurred.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are parasites that are fueled by blood. This means they will actively seek out sources of fresh blood, including from pets and humans. They have a light brown or reddish-brown color, with a flat, oval-shaped back, and front (not hind) wings. They can survive in temperatures ranging from 14°-60° (Fahrenheit).
How Do Bed Bugs Feed?
These pests are mainly active at night and thrive in warm, dark areas. They typically congregate near furniture, or under bedding (sheets, comforters, etc.). Humans and pets will usually be unaware they have been bitten by bed bugs until it is too late.
Bed bugs bite by piercing the skin and then searching for an available blood vessel. Most bugs can become engorged with blood in less than five minutes.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Bed bug bites cause itchy welts that could take as much as a month to go away. Because these pests prefer exposed skin, bite victims get welts mostly around the face, neck, and arms.
The effects of bed bug bites include skin rashes, allergies, and even psychological effects. Many victims of bed bugs are not able to be comfortable inside their beds and/or homes for weeks after an infestation has been discovered.
How Can I Tell if I Have Bed Bugs?
There are many ways that bed bugs can get into a home, including:
- on a visiting human or pet (including luggage, pet carriers, etc.)
- infested items brought into the home (used furniture, etc.)
- nearby infested homes
- and more
Since bed bugs are typically nocturnal, it can be difficult to notice them. It has been said that bed bugs smell like rotting raspberries.
To ensure your home is free from these pests, however, it is best to eliminate the guesswork and call a licensed professional to investigate a potential infestation at your home.
Alliance Pest Services specializes in bed bugs and pest control and can assist you in ridding your home of bed bugs, or keeping them away from your property.
What Can I Do to Prevent Future Incidents?
In most cases, eliminating bed bugs from your home or preventing a possible infestation requires a combination of pesticide and non-pesticide methods.
For the safety of your home, your family, and your neighbors, it is important to contact a licensed professional to eradicate bed bugs once and for all.
The courteous and professional staff at Alliance Pest Control is always available to answer and address your questions and concerns.
About Alliance Pest Control
Like you, we’ve lived, worked, and raised our families in the great state of New Jersey. We’re proud to have stayed family-owned and operated for more than 30 years. Some of our offerings include:
- free inspections and estimates
- 24/7 emergency service
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