Preventive Pest Control receives a lot of calls from Las Vegas residents who are very concerned that they have a bed bug problem. While it’s certainly not something they would bring up at the neighborhood potluck, you would be shocked to know just how many people you’re in contact with every day that are struggling to control an outbreak.
While bed bugs can certainly make your skin crawl, the truth is that they actually cannot transmit any diseases to your or your family. But that’s really the only good news we can report, because bed bugs are very hard to eradicate, and they are spreading all over the world.
Bed Bugs Fly First Class
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) points out a simple fact in their 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey: We thought we had eradicated bed bugs in the 50s. But EPA regulations eliminated some the hazardous chemicals that we used to use to kill these pesky pests.
Traditionally, these critters lived happily in developing countries, and were simply not a problem here. With airline travel increasing, bed bugs began hitching rides back to the U.S., where they have rapidly taken up residence again in our homes, hotels, and other facilities where humans cohabitate.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says bed bugs are, “small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep.” We would add that they’re about the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny, and they are so tenacious they can live for months in a mattress or chair without eating, only to reappear when you finally sit down.
These creatures are now everywhere, from the most expensive hotel on the Las Vegas strip to the home around the corner. Like roaches, they spend the day tucked away and hiding. If you lift a mattress and look at the seams, you might find one – or 50 taking a nap. But at night when you lay down, watch out. You become a fabulous smorgasbord.
Is your skin crawling yet? Let’s talk about how to get rid of these pests.
Getting Rid of Bedbugs in Las Vegas.
If you’ve developed the telltale red rash that sometimes crops up from a bedbug bite, call Preventive Pest Control for a consultation. But you should also inspect your bed for small rust colored blood spots, bugs in the folds of your mattress, or even, bed bug exoskeletons in your sheets, because it can take up to 14 days for a rash to appear; and sometimes a rash won’t even show.
Because these pests are so good at hiding, and so hard to eradicate fully, we highly recommend the use of a professional. Our first step is to conclusively diagnosis the problem. Once we’ve confirmed the diagnosis, our treatment includes:
- Removal of all living bugs.
- Encasing the mattress in a bug-proof covering.
- Spraying very targeted contact and residual insecticides.
- Return visits to eliminate newly hatched offspring and any dormant adults.
Together, we can get things back to normal in your household. Call us; we’re here to help!