AKL EXTERMINATEUR, YOUR DEFENDER AGAINST BEDBUGS
One of the most harmful and annoying insects that can threaten the health of you and your loved ones are bed bugs. These small invading bugs, although they are not known to transmit diseases, can cause serious skin problems and dangerous allergic reactions.
These blood-sucking insects nest on your property without you even realizing it! They can come from outside in your luggage or clothes. In addition, their spread is very fast and they can easily infest your beds, pillows and sheets. Your sacred sleeping spaces are transgressed!
The ability of these parasites to infiltrate, even if you have everything clean and spotless, is extraordinary, and in a matter of days you will be feeding your blood to these pernicious bugs!
Their bites can make your life miserable during the day, and at night they will take advantage of you without you even noticing. You will wake up with alarming red spots and irritation. Scary, isn’t it! That’s why you should see an exterminator immediately and take serious action.
If you have such bites and are already dealing with this annoying pest, don’t hesitate to hire us! At AKL Exterminateur, we have the experience, the best equipment, the most effective products and the most qualified exterminators in Quebec to eradicate any bed bug infestation.
And if you want to learn more about these bugs, you’re in the right place! So let’s take a look at everything you need to know about bed bug behavior, habits, infestation patterns and measures to combat them.
At AKL Exterminateur our priority is to control any insects and rodents to bring back well-being and tranquility for you and your loved ones!
BED BUG DATA SHEET
Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped, flattened, dark brown insects 4 to 8 mm in size (like an apple seed). These parasites have elongated beaks for piercing the skin.
Females are smaller and rounder, while males are more elongated. Although they do not have wings, they can move quickly on floors, walls and roofs, as well as hide easily among objects.
WHAT DO BED BUGS FEED ON?
The main food source of these parasites is mammalian blood, particularly human blood. Their bodies swell reddish in color when the blood is consumed. They usually feed at night, piercing the skin and then sucking out the blood while their hosts sleep.
LIFE AND REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE OF BED BUGS
Bed bugs are persistent bugs and have a life span of 6 to 12 months. They can even survive 70 days without feeding! They are very resistant pests. These parasites grow in three stages: as eggs, nymphs and adults. They can reach maturity within a month.
Unfortunately, females are egg factories. They can lay 3 to 8 each day, which means they can lay about 500 eggs a year! Their young hatch within a day and immediately feed on blood.
These insects constantly shed their skin. And while they don’t form niches, like cockroaches or ants, they sometimes tend to cluster in crevices or nooks and crannies near your rooms to have easy access to their food: you.
WHERE ARE BED BUGS FOUND?
Because of their tiny size and flattened bodies, these parasites can fit anywhere. They can easily infiltrate your residence by attaching themselves to your clothes, luggage or other belongings. Any nook and cranny can be their hiding place, but they usually prefer to nest near their guests.
That’s why it’s common to find them near your sheets, mattresses, pillows, carpets, furniture and piles of clothes. They can also hide in cracks and crevices in walls and surfaces, these parasites are cunning, aren’t they?
It’s also good to emphasize that cleanings have little to do with a bed bug infestation. Your property may be spotless and shiny, but if a bed bug has gotten into your belongings, there’s no stopping it. Even the most immaculate building can have bed bug problems.
HOW CAN THE PRESENCE OF BED BUGS BE DETECTED?
THE SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION CAN BE FOUND MAINLY ON YOUR BODY. YOU WILL MANIFEST A SERIES OF SYMPTOMS SUCH AS THE FOLLOWING:
- Bite marks or welts on your skin with no apparent explanation.
- Redness, rash and burning sensation.
- Spots or blotchy patterns.
- Reddish bumps with a dark center and lighter surrounding area.
Other signs of infestation include small dried blood stains on your pillows or sheets (from bites). You may also encounter molted skin from nymphs or dead bed bug carcasses. Also, when nests are nearby, you may smell a sweet musty odor.
Since these parasites avoid light and feed at night, it is very difficult to notice them during the day, unless the infestation is very out of control. In any case, you need to pay close attention to these signs and go to the professionals as soon as possible.
HOW TO ERADICATE A BED BUG INFESTATION?
- Bed bugs can be combated with various methods, but the best way is to call professionals like us when the infestation is very serious. As AKL Exterminateur, we provide you here some very useful combative measures and recommendations to get rid of these parasites.
- The first thing you should do is to clean all potential bed bug sources, from your sheets, pillows, curtains and other belongings. You can also wash your clothes in hot water and spin them several times.
- Vacuum the rooms and their surroundings frequently. Immediately place a bag to contain bed bugs and their eggs. You can also use toothed brushes on rough surfaces.
- Cover mattresses and box springs with mattress covers to prevent bed bugs from breeding in these spaces.
- Apply pesticides to areas and corners where bed bugs may hide. You can also place interceptors, bed bug covers and traps to trap bed bugs.
- FILL ALL CRACKS AND CREVICES TO PREVENT BED BUG NESTS FROM FORMING.
- WHEN LEAVING OR TRAVELING TO ANOTHER PROPERTY, BE SURE TO THOROUGHLY CHECK EACH NEW ITEM OF YOUR BELONGINGS BROUGHT INTO YOUR RESIDENCE BEFORE ENTERING, AS THERE MAY BE HIDDEN BED BUGS.