Bed Bugs problem in Vancouver
Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that feed on animal or human blood. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies around an apple seed to the scale. Nevertheless, their bodies swell after feeding, and are a reddish hue. Bedbugs don’t float, but they can crawl over floors, walls and ceilings easily. Female bedbugs can lay hundreds of eggs over the course of a lifetime, each about the size of a speck of dust.
Using luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items, Bedbugs can enter your home undetected. Their flattened bodies allow them to fit in tiny spaces, about a credit card’s width. Bedbugs don’t have nests such as ants or bees but prefer to live in hiding places in groups. Their initial hiding places are usually in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where people can quickly get to bite in the evening. Since bedbugs feed on blood only, having them in your home isn’t a sign of dirt. They’re just as likely to be found in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in dirty ones.
Bed Bugs in Vancouver
They may be creepy, crawly, and downright disgusting, but they are extremely common in Vancouver. An annual ranking of Canadian cities for bedbugs shows Vancouver has itched its way into third place.
How do I know if I have Bed Bugs?
Location: Bedbug bites are mostly noticed on upper body but may be found all over the body whereas, fleas bites are usually smaller and mainly occur on the legs and ankles.
Pattern: Bedbug bites look similar to a mosquito bite but mostly appear in three or four bits rows or patterns
If you’ve figured out the bites are really from bedbugs, the next step is to figure out where they live. It can be a challenge to track down the elusive insect, but starting with the obvious-your bed-is the best way.
- Test your sheets for any mysterious markings or stains.
Those marks are traces of blood or excrement from dried bedbug. Bedbugs lose their outer shell when they mature so watch out for thin casings.
- Check deep inside your room.
Start with the folds, creases, and corners of your mattress and box spring, take a flashlight on your investigative trip.
- Take your search up to your bedroom perimeter.
Not all bedbugs live in your sheets and mattress-they also hide in the walls, side tables, baseboards, furniture, clutter, and other cozy places close to your sleeping quarters, so be meticulous in your search.
Bed Bug Prevention tips
There are also precautions you can take while you are driving to stop taking the pests home with you.
- Check your hotel history.
Check Trip Advisor for recent feedback and red-flags when selecting a hotel. Hotel review sites typically attract more unhappy travelers than satisfied ones, so if there are any issues with your hotel, you ‘re sure to find comments describing bedbugs
- Check your luggage
Place your bags on a luggage rack or hard surface (not the floor or bed) after you’ve decided the space is clear. Don’t get used to unpacking all of your things in hotel drawers, because this increases the chance to pick up bugs that are hidden in the furniture.
- Don’t bring the problem home
Before leaving, check all your personal items and luggage for traces of bedbugs, even if you haven’t seen any signs during the stay. Place all of your clothes at a high temperature immediately upon arrival at home. When unpacking, do not place your luggage on a bed or couch and clean your suitcase thoroughly until it has been unpacked.
- Inspect the used furniture
Bed Bug Removal
Taking the DIY path to clean out the bedbug problem is a problem in itself. The buggers are not easy to get rid of as those who have gone through a bedbug infestation would testify. Their size and propensity to late-night sneakiness make them difficult to capture and some bedbugs can live without feeding for a whole year. With bagging up your clothes and belongings you will endure enough stress, not to mention the mental anguish of it all.
Hiring an experienced professional to deal with your situation is the most effective method and they come in a range of financial options, depending on their method. Find out the choices for pest control with Advance Pest Controls.
When you have a bed bug infestation, our qualified exterminators will confirm and get to work on eliminating the issue immediately, if you do so. We remain up-to – date with the new information and techniques on how bed bugs can be eradicated as easily and as thoroughly as possible. In our bed bug removal process, we notify you of every move to make the elimination of an infestation as painless as possible.