dreamstime_xxl_30261313At Aztec Organic Pest Control in Austin, we want to give our customers the peace of mind that their home is free from pests, rodents, and other unwanted invaders. Bed bugs can be a serious problem for some homeowners, and there seems to be a plague of these pests as of late. Many exterminators use very toxic products to handle these pests, but those chemicals can pose a risk to you, your family, and your pets. At Aztec, we chose the non-toxic route, which consists of a heat treatment that effectively eliminates bed bugs. If you’re concerned that your home has bed bugs, please contact us right away!

Identifying Bed Bugs

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Adult bed bugs are small, flat, reddish brown insects that are approximately the size of an apple seed. If they’ve fed, they can be swollen and appear slightly larger. The juveniles are very small, and can be the size of the head of a pin. As they grow, bed bugs shed their skins, so if you find small, brown, somewhat translucent case skins on your furniture, it could mean you have bed bugs. If you found black or dark brown spots on the seams of your mattress, couch, or on your baseboards, chances are there’s an infestation.

 

Bringing Bed Bugs Into Your Home

Bed bugs are excellent at hiding, and you can pick them up in a hotel, office, or anywhere else multiple people frequent on a regular basis. They can hide in your luggage or even on you, and once they’re in your home, they can be difficult to remove. Female bed bugs can lay one to five eggs a day, and once an adult feeds on blood, they can survive up to a year in the right conditions. If you find small, red bites on your skin in the morning, it’s possible you were bitten by a bed bug.

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Avoiding and Eliminating Bed Bugs

If you’re worried about bed bugs in your home, there are steps you can take to avoid bringing them inside, or, if you’ve found evidence of an infestation, there are things you can do to locate them.

  • Wash and dry your sheets, blankets, and other linens at the hottest possible temperature
  • Check your couches, baseboards, mattresses, and other locations with seams or crevices where a bed bug could hide
  • Before unpacking, check your luggage after a trip to a hotel (check the room when you arrive at the hotel as well).
  • Check any secondhand clothing, furniture, and other items before purchasing and bringing them home.

If you find evidence of bed bugs, or actually locate one or two, please contact us right away. Even if you find one, chances are there are more elsewhere in the house, and exterminating every adult, juvenile, and egg requires precision. Our organic heat treatment is a safe alternative to toxic chemicals, and we will thoroughly assess, inspect, and eliminate any bed bugs in your home.

Fill out the form on the right for a Speedy Fast® Quote, or contact us today to schedule your bed bug extermination!