How to Identify Bed Bugs
The universally detested bed bug has once again risen to a prominent position as a major pest in homes and hotels. Bed bugs are mostly active at night and at first, the signs are not very noticeable and sightings are rare. In the beginning they will likely be found only on the beds, in tufts, folds, and seams of the mattress. As the population increases, bites and sightings become more common. They will spread to cracks and crevices of the bed stands and if allowed to continue will spread to baseboards, window and door frames, picture frames, curtains, furniture, behind wallpaper, electronics, and on and on. Hiding places are evident by the presence of black or brown stains caused by the excrement of the bed bugs. Should you begin to notice any of the afore-mentioned symptoms, its time for a through and proper bed bug eradication project.
How We Treat a Bed Bug Problem
Proper bed bug extermination requires time-consuming preparation by the homeowner and an extensive treatment program, which far exceeds typical solutions offered by pest control services. A thorough inspection is required to determine the proper treatment strategy and follow up service will probably be required.
How to Identify Fleas
Fleas are small, wingless insects flattened from side to side. An adult female lays 25 to 40 eggs per day and can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime. Eggs of the flea can become adult fleas in as little as three weeks in ideal conditions. Newly emerged fleas will often bite humans before they find their preferred host. Many homeowners become aware of a household flea infestation when their pets have been boarded at a kennel and they return home from vacation and numerous newly emerged fleas are ready to feed. At this point, a through flea treatment is absolutely necessary. Fleas are most active in mid summer to early fall.
How We Treat a Flea Problem
Household flea removal is multi-faceted. The pet that brought the fleas in should be treated by a vet, along with the treatment of the home. The homeowner will need to wash pet bedding, pet blankets, pet kennels and carriers to help remove flea eggs and larva. Seat cushions need to be removed and furniture vacuumed with special attention given to crevices. Carpets throughout the home should also be vacuumed with attention given to areas under beds, chairs, behind furniture, and other areas where the pets commonly rest. The Antimite technician performing your household flea removal will then thoroughly treat the carpeted areas of the home and crack and crevice treat areas without carpeting. Furniture will be treated as necessary. This process will need to be repeated depending upon the severity of the flea infestation.
How to Identify Ticks
Ticks are blood sucking ectoparasites of mammals and are second only to mosquitoes in the number of diseases they transmit to man and his domestic pets. While there are numerous types of different ticks, most do not infest homes. The Lone Star tick, Black Legged tick, and the American dog tick are wood ticks and are not typically considered household pests. However, they do carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever and can be carried into a home on clothing and pets. The Brown dog tick is found wherever there are dogs and are not just a pest to dogs. The Brown dog tick is also a nuisance in homes. An engorged female will lay a few hundred to more than 5000 eggs in cracks and crevices, carpeting, beneath baseboards, and other areas of the home.
How We Treat a Tick Problem
Wondering how to get rid of ticks in your home? Treatment and preparation is similar to that of fleas, with an Antimite specialist coming in and treating the furniture and carpeted areas of the home.