Carpenter ants are important decomposers of forest trees, not feeding on the wood but burrowing within it to nest and feed on insects, plants and fruit juices. However, the ants can move from their native woods to the structures of our homes, where they invade the kitchen, pantry and interior rooms looking for water and human or pet food. Although they are slow to cause harm, they can seriously damage weathered or neglected structures.
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Mann vs Pest Pest Control La Jolla - Key Points
- Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to detect. Proper diagnosis requires highly trained professionals.
- Bed bug services are very labor intensive, rely heavily on the careful use of residual pesticides and should only be conducted by highly trained professionals.
- Proper service requires that ALL possible harborages are treated. This usually requires the complete cooperation of the customer to access all areas that need to be treated.
- These follow up visits are necessary to ensure a maximum level of control.
- In rare cases, total elimination of bed bugs may not be possible through our regular program. We will work with the customer to design custom treatments to give the best control possible.
General Information About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs occur world-wide and bridge all economic and social strata. Bed bug infestations in North America have become much more common over the past 10 years. Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, approximately 3/16-inch long, 1/8-inch wide, broadly oval, and flat. Immature bed bugs (nymphs), are tiny and appear translucent or pale in color. The eggs are pearly white in color and only 1 mm in length, thus they can be very difficult to detect with the naked eye. Inspections for the bed bugs include looking for live bugs, shed exoskeletons and characteristic black stains created by fecal droppings. These insects feed exclusively on blood however there has been no evidence to suggest that bed bugs transmit any diseases.
Bed bugs do not enter homes from the natural outdoors environment; instead they must be introduced into the home from a previously infested environment. This can occur by picking them up during travel, bringing them in on rented or used furniture, introduction by guests or visitors, or others means. Often the exact source of the infestation is unknown.
Once in the home bed bugs will seek small, protected areas to hide. Although called bed bugs, they can live in almost any area of the home such as beds, couches, picture frames, night stands, wall voids, under carpeting, or virtually any available small crack or crevice. However, they will most likely try to live very close to where people sleep. Only highly trained professionals can correctly identify and treat all of these potential harborages. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects and therefore usually hide during the day and are most active at night when they leave their harborages to seek a blood meal. Bed bug bites are essentially painless and often go unnoticed while the bugs are feeding. Bed bugs mature quickly, lay hundreds of eggs, and can live almost a year. Therefore, infestations can grow rapidly and persist indefinitely until proper corrective actions are taken.
Unfortunately, the name “Bed Bug” isn’t a misnomer, but is actually very accurate. When they are present, bed bugs are often found in human sleeping areas. This tiny pest will live in the bed by day and feed on the bed’s occupants at night.
Identifying a Bed Bug
Bed bugs are wingless insects about 3/16” long. They have broad, flat bodies and 3 sets of legs. Depending on when they are found, bed bugs will vary in color; they change from brown to a deep reddish-brown just after feeding. Although it can be difficult to detect, bed bugs are also identified by their “obnoxiously sweet” odor that is emitted from the insect’s scent glands.
The Damage Bed Bugs Can Cause
Few people are disturbed by a bed bug while it is feeding. This is because the bite itself is usually painless. However, most people will experience some degree of allergic reaction to the bite after the bed bug has finished its blood meal. This allergic reaction is triggered by the bed bug’s saliva which is injected into the bite wound to work as an anticoagulant (a substance that reduces clotting, allowing the bed bug to feed longer.
Unlike fleas, a bed bug bite does not leave the characteristic red spot. Instead, the allergic reaction will produce a colorless swelling that range from virtually undetectable to quite severe in highly sensitive people.
In addition to the allergic reaction, bed bugs are also known-carriers of over 25 different diseases including the plague, relapsing fever, tularemia, and Q fever. However, although the bed bugs are known to carry these diseases, there is little evidence to indicate transmission to humans. When humans are not available to feed on, bed bugs will resort to poultry, canaries, English sparrows, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and bats.
Bed bugs prefer to reside in the sleeping areas of humans, preferring cracks and crevices in the bed’s box spring or wood frame. Bed bugs can also be found in the bedroom’s picture frames, wooden night stands, stuffed furniture, baseboards, floorboard cracks, and other wooden areas.
Although bed bugs tend to live close to their food source (sleeping humans) they will crawl considerable distances for a meal.
Bed Bugs’ Life Cycle
A female bed bug will lay 1-5 eggs per day, depositing them one at a time in cracks or on a rough surface. These eggs are secured to the surface with clear cement-like substance. Throughout her entire life, the average female bed bug will lay more than 500 eggs in total.
Depending on the average temperature, it will take between 21 and 120 days for the egg to mature to an adult bed bug. With adequate food, bed bugs can live 6-7 months. This life span can be increased should the bed bug enter a semi-hibernation state to wait out long periods of low temperatures.
What Our Company Can Do For You
- Provide a thorough inspection to confirm the presence or absence of bed bugs.
- Provide education and training on how to reduce likelihood of bed bug infestations and how to recognize be debug infestations if they do arise.
- Reactionary Treatments: Our company can provide services to control current bed bug infestations.
- Proactive Treatments: Our Mann vs Pest Pest Control La Jolla can provide services to try and prevent and infestation from occurring or prevent a current infestation from spreading to uninfested areas.
Our representatives are happy to respond to your requests and offer you knowledgeable and friendly assistance. Call Mann vs Pest Pest Control La Jolla at 858-352-7728 and get a free phone estimate. Our staff offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on each and every service package.