Bed bugs are terribly invasive and difficult to remove, especially if you're not a professional. Despite their name, bed bugs can be found anywhere that humans sit, rest, or sleep.
With our extensive experience, our technicians will provide you with bed bug control solutions. If you think you may have a bed bug problem, give us a call at 503-646-2119 to schedule a thorough inspection.
The common bed bug is a small wingless insect that feeds on blood. Adults can be up to a quarter of an inch long (about the size of an apple seed), typically dark brown with a flattened body. Bed bugs are nocturnal, coming out at night and staying well hidden during the daylight hours. As they feed, it's abdomen swells and the bug will take on a reddish or deeper brown color. After hatching, the immature bed bug, called a nymph, will go through a series of 5 molts until it reaches its full adult stage. Nymphs range in size from a pinhead to slightly smaller and lighter than the adult. A bed bug life span is typically 10 months to a year and they can live up to 6 months without feeding. Each adult female can lay approximately 200 to 500 eggs during her lifespan, typically 3-8 per day. They are very hardy insects, and very difficult to kill.
Bed bugs are found in all types of locations such as hotels, motels, apartments, beach rentals, park cabins, private homes, homeless shelters, schools, theaters and other public venues. Along with increased travel, the move to insecticides with shorter residual activity and a more targeted approach in insecticide use may have contributed to their resurgence. Bed bugs are excellent 'hitchhikers' and spread very easily by hitching a ride on luggage, linens, clothing or any other item transported from one place to another. Because they are such prolific breeders, a few bugs can easily become an infestation in a relatively short period of time. Although they may initially stay close to their food source, such as a bed, as their numbers increase they can be found throughout the dwelling.
Bed Bug Detection
Dogs can be one of the best methods of detecting whether or not there is a bed bug infestation, as well as where the bed bugs are hiding. We employ two canines for bed bug dectection; Bela and Diesel.