The thought of having bed bugs in St. Louis is unnerving.  The thought of them in your St. Louis home is just plain scary.  Bed bugs are a small apple seed shaped insect that upon entering your home can be very difficult to get rid of.  The best way to eliminate bed bugs is by being aware of the signs of a bed bug infestation and acting quickly with a professional pest control company.

Many people think that the best way to decide if they have a bed bug infestation is to see if they have evidence of bite marks; however bed bug bites can look like a lot of other insect bites (mosquitoes, spiders, etc) and some people do not react at all to the bites, so this is an unreliable method.  The best way to determine an infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs.  If you have bed bugs, you will see small rust colored markings on your sheets which are bed bug droppings.  You may also see piles of bed bug skins that have been shed from the nymphs as they grow into adults.  Bed bugs do hide during the day and only come out at night to feed; you will be able to see the adults hiding around the buttons of the mattress and in the seams and in the coverings of the box spring.  If you have a heavy infestation you will see adult bed bugs behind picture frames on the wall, in window curtains and in the crevices of wooden bed frames.  In severe cases you may even detect a sweet or musty smell.  If you notice any signs or symptoms of bed bugs, you should consider scheduling a K9 bed bug inspection to pinpoint infested areas.    

The increase in the number of bed bug infestations may be partly due to these pests becoming resistant to some of the chemicals commonly used to treat them.  For that reason, it is extremely important that if you have a bed bug infestation you contact a professional pest control company; the professionals will know what products to use to completely eliminate an infestation.  At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we use a combination of pesticides and bed bug heat treatments to completely get rid of bed bugs

Along with pesticide resistance, the increase of international travel and travel in general has given rise to the number of bed bug infestations.  Many people bring these unwanted guests back into their homes in their suitcases.  If you are traveling and staying in a hotel, inspect your room before you bring your luggage into it. The best way to do this is to examine the linens and sheets for signs of bed bug excrement and use a flashlight to inspect the mattress and headboard for bed bugs.  If you see bed bugs or suspect them, go the front desk and ask for a different room with no signs of bed bugs.  Make sure that the new room is not adjacent to the infested room and in fact is well away or on another floor.   Even if you don’t see signs of bed bugs, it is good practice to not leave your suitcases on the bed or floor but keep them on the luggage racks and keep items not in use inside sealed plastic bags.

At the first sign of bed bugs, contact a trusted St. Louis pest control company.   At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we are ready to help you protect your family and home against bed bugs.  In addition, we also offer businesses in St. Louis and Mid-Missouri effective bed bug control.  Contact us today to find out how our trained bug bed professionals can eliminate your bed bug problems. 

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