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Bedbugs Can Infest Any Home, Regardless of Cleanliness

bedbugsBedbugs Enter Homes by Hiding in Clothing and Furniture

Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs can infest any home, regardless of cleanliness. Bedbugs are often brought into homes or hotels from the outside by inconspicuously hitching rides in luggage, clothing, furniture, and fabrics. Due to their minuscule size, bedbugs can propagate right under a homeowner’s nose.

These pests do not spread disease, but parasitize human hosts by sucking their blood while they sleep. Bedbugs do not travel long distances under their own power, so they’ll almost always nest very close to their human hosts, most often in bed frames, mattresses, or carpets beneath beds.

One of the most important aspects of bedbug control is accurate identification. Bedbugs are very small reddish-brown pests with flat bodies, which allows them to hide in cracks in furniture and even in the seams of fabric without being noticed. Like many insects, bedbugs are attracted to warmth, which means that they like to congregate where humans remain stationary for long periods of time, like armchairs and beds.

It’s important to remember that bedbug infestations can spread from room to room within the same house, so just because you’ve treated one bedroom doesn’t mean that these pests have been taken care of for good.

bedbugsEven if the bedbugs themselves seem to be evading you, you can often tell where they’ve been by the appearance of small bloodstains and bedbug fecal matter in the form of rust-colored smears on upholstery.

If you suspect that bedbugs have made their way inside your home, get in touch with your local pest control professional right away. The longer you leave a bedbug problem, the more opportunity these pests will have to spread to other parts of the house, and the more expensive the removal process will be in the long run.

There are a number of measures that a pest control expert can take to efficiently and thoroughly remove bedbugs, and to mitigate the risk of these pests returning to your home. For example, heat treatments are one important aspect of the removal process, as neither bedbugs nor their eggs can survive extreme temperatures. There are also a number of sprays and pesticides that your pest control expert may choose to employ—depending on the situation—in order to get the infestation under control.

bedbugsIn order to keep bedbugs out of your home to begin with, always remember to carefully inspect all of your clothing and luggage upon returning home from a trip, and take the precaution of washing all clothing in hot water right away.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas mouse control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If bedbugs have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced bedbug removal experts.

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Removing Bedbugs and Their Eggs

bedbugsThoroughly Removing Bedbug Eggs Can be a Painstaking Process

Bedbugs are troublesome pests that can be brought into your home by hiding in luggage, clothing, and furniture. They are often difficult to spot because they hide in cracks and crevices during the day and only venture out to suck the blood of sleeping humans at night.

Usually, their reddish-brown fecal matter as well as small blood stains serve as indications that you have a bedbug problem on your hands. Bedbugs don’t really traverse open spaces, so they will likely make their nests right next to their prey; that is, inside the wood of a bed frame or the material of a mattress.

Once a bedbug problem becomes large enough, they can quickly spread to different areas of the home by riding on clothing.

bedbugsThere are a few key tips to keep in mind when searching your home for possible signs of a bedbug infestation. For example, bedbugs love the dark and quiet, so be sure to prioritize those areas when searching for evidence of their presence. Also, be sure to check for warning signs in adjacent rooms; just because bedbugs have been eliminated in one area doesn’t mean they’ve been taken care of throughout the whole house.

Apart from getting in touch with your local pest control professional—which should be your first step—there are certain other measures you can take on your own to mitigate the spread of bedbugs. Removing clutter like stuffed animals, clothing, and bedding can be an important step in denying bedbugs more hiding places. If it’s been determined that bedbugs are hiding in the fabric of these items, they can be heat treated and washed which will usually be sufficient to kill any eggs tucked inside.

Since bed frames are among the most common hiding places for bedbugs, dismantling and inspecting them is a necessary precaution. Likewise, the wooden frames of dressers and wardrobes can be accommodating for bedbugs looking for a hiding place close to their host.

bedbugsIt can often be a challenge for the average homeowner to ensure that they’ve managed to eradicate all traces of bedbug eggs, which is why the help of a pest control expert should be enlisted. These experts will employ a variety of approaches, including vacuuming all over clothing, furniture, and walls, and scrubbing suspect surfaces with a wire brush to ensure the removal of any stuck-on eggs. The pest control expert may also find it necessary to caulk and seal any holes where pipes and wires enter a room, so that the offending pests will not be able to escape to other parts of the house.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas mouse control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If bedbugs have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced bedbug removal experts.

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Bedbugs Can Hide In the Seams of Linens and Furniture

bedbugsBedbugs Are Tenacious Pests and Breed Quickly

Published on October 13, 2017

Bedbugs are small parasitic insects which feed on the blood of sleeping humans. These pests can be difficult to spot and move quickly over floors and furniture, and female bedbugs can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetimes.

Bedbugs often enter a home by being carried there from somewhere else. They will often hide in luggage and clothing, which they’ll use to establish a new population. Bedbugs are very small and cannot fly, which means that they will usually try to live as close to their host as possible. It’s for this reason that these pests will live in groups inside mattresses, box springs, headboards, and bed frames.

These insects usually feed for ten minutes at a time while the host is sleeping, after which they’ll crawl back to their hiding places. Bedbugs breed quickly, so even if they establish a population in one room, they may quickly spread to others.

bedbugsBedbug bites look like small, itchy red welts, which victims sometimes initially confuse for mosquito bites. If you have recently purchased used furniture, you may want to check for a few more concrete signs of a bedbug infestation.

For example, keep a look out for small spots of blood on your sheets or pillowcases, or for rust-colored spots of bedbug excrement on sheets, mattresses, walls, and bed clothing. These insects also give off a certain musty scent which may help you determine if these pests have begun to infest your home. Be sure to check for as many of these signs as possible, so that your local pest control professional will know where to start.

These can be very difficult pests to control, as they are difficult to spot and easily spread from room to room within a home. It’s obviously important to catch a bedbug infestation early on in order to mitigate the chance of it becoming even worse.

There are a few steps a homeowner can take to reduce the chances of an infestation. Removing clutter and furniture from a room, for example, will make bedbugs easier to spot. Washing a drying sheets, pillowcases, and other linens in hot water will also kill any bedbugs that may be hiding within the seams.

Since bedbugs are often transported into the home from other locations, it’s important to check all secondhand furniture and clothing that you may have recently purchased before bringing it into your home.

bedbugsWith both international and domestic travel becoming increasingly common in all of our lives, it’s important to maintain vigilance when it comes to bedbug infestations, especially after returning home from trips.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If bedbugs have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced bedbug removal experts.

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Removing Bedbugs from Homes and Hotels

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Bedbug Infestations Have Increased Exponentially in Recent Years

With the exponentially increasing volume of domestic and commercial travel in the United States every year, the bedbug population has gotten a chance to spread all the way to the farthest reaches of the country: from border to border and from coast to coast. What was once a problem exclusively for cosmopolitan eastern cities like New York and Boston has now become the problem of even the most rural of communities.

Pest control professionals in the American southwest, for example, have been focusing a large portion of their attention and resources on Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas bedbug removal. The real problem, however, is that the average homeowner is unfamiliar with the identification of bedbugs in their own home. This may result in an individual inadvertently ignoring the problem or even refusing to admit that there is one until bedbug populations have reached critical levels and a solution must absolutely be found.

In the following paragraphs I’ll endeavor to shed some light on the most common attributes of the bedbug as well as the myriad ways in which they can be eradicated from the home. It’s important to note, though, that the surest way to ensure the removal of these pests is to contact your local pest control professionals.

bedbugsIt’s been recently discovered that bedbugs can’t climb up smooth vertical surfaces like glass and some plastics. However, scientists conducting an observational study on bedbug behavior were shocked to discover that, when confronted with a smooth, Pyrex glass bowl, a bedbug had seemingly little issue climbing up and out. It was later concluded that the bowl might have been covered in dust particles which the bedbug might have been able to use as a foothold, or that the glass had minute fissures in its surface that were undetectable with the naked eye. That said, it’s important to keep your pitfall-style traps clean and reasonably smooth.

Bedbugs aren’t the fastest insects in the world, but when its prey is an immobile, sleeping human being, speed is hardly a necessity. Bedbugs can move at an average speed of about four feet per minute: that’s about a twenty-two hour mile for those interested.

Some recent research suggests that, while bedbugs are surprisingly hardy at low temperatures, they’re fairly defenseless against even the mildest heat treatment. Most studies agree that temperatures as low as 113 degrees Fahrenheit can fry bedbugs. Likewise, temperatures of about 120 degrees Fahrenheit can kill bedbugs, at all stages of development, in about a minute.

bedbugsHowever, due to their tiny size—and the even smaller size of their eggs—it’s easy for bedbugs to hide in the folds and stitching of fabric, meaning that getting rid of them might take much more muscle than running the casual heat lamp across the surface of your bed. By the time you notice bedbugs in your surroundings, they have already so deeply embedded themselves in your upholstered furniture, mattresses and pillows, an exterminator’s knowledge and experience is going to be required to evict the surreptitious creatures.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas bedbug exterminators are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If bedbugs have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced bedbug removal experts.