Bed Bug FAQ’s in Worcester County, MA; How Do They Get in Your House, Where Do They Hide During the Day & More

Bed bugs have been a plague on mankind on since the beginning of time. They are awful little pests that tend to make homes and businesses suffer from their presence with their blood pilfering ways. In the United States after WWII, bed bugs were nearly eradicated, and something that was only known for the small reference in children’s rhymes. But in recent decades and the ease of world traveling, bed bugs are making a comeback, and until you face an infestation, you may know little about them. With that in mind, we at Dave’s Pest Control have listed the most frequently asked questions in an effort to help you better understand bed bugs and their mischievous ways.
Q: What are bed bugs?
A: Bed bugs, formally belonging to the Cimicidae family are tiny. When full grown they are no bigger than apple seed, brown or reddish brown after feeding. They are flat unless engorged after a feast. They are oval in shape and nocturnal insects that feed on warm-blooded hosts, favoring human blood. Bed bugs prefer feeding on humans, but most warm-blooded animals will suffice. Bed bugs have been known to easily adapt to their surroundings and environment and because of that, they are found nearly everywhere in the world where humans dwell.
Q: Where do bed bugs come from?
A: As previously mentioned, bed bugs can come from anywhere. They can transition from place to place through usual connection with people. Common infestations occur through contacts with infested furniture in hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments. They are often passed on from second hand clothing or furniture. Apartment complexes often have bed bug problems because they can get from apartment to apartment with ease.
Q: What are the feeding habits of bed bugs?
A: Bed bugs are nocturnal and come out while you slumber to feed and usually only feed for approximately five minutes before it returns to its safe place. Feeding primarily on humans, bed bugs inject two hollow tubes into the skin. With the first tube, the bed bug injects an anti-coagulant anesthetic to keep the blood flowing and with the other tube it sucks your blood.
Q: Are bed bug bites a health concern?
A: The initial bed bug bite is not noticeable, but hours later, you may notice some signs. The bite usually appears to be a flat welt or slightly raised, it is a red bump that can be very itchy in most cases. The good news, bed bug bites are not threatening, but just an itchy nuisance. In some cases, the bed bug’s bite can cause skin irritation, rashes, or an allergic reaction from the 1st tube’s injection.
Q: What can I do to stop the itching?
A: Anti-itch cream is frequently effective.
Q: Are there any signs that I have a bed bug infestation?
A: Bed bug signs are; pungent, musky odors, small red blood stains on the sheets, rusty colored spots (fecal matter), bed bug bites, shed bed bug skin, or the bed bugs themselves.
Q: Where are bed bugs hiding in my house?
A: Check your bed, mattress and the corners of bed nets and seams, bed bug frames, head boards, bedding, and box spring if their numbers are small, they will often stick close to the host for convenience. As their population grows, they will also hide in surrounding furniture, behind peeling paint, wooden floorboards. In most cases bed bugs are in small, concentrated areas within 10-20 feet of where you sleep.
Q: What do I need to know if I have bed bugs?
A: If you suspect bed bugs in your room, avoid bringing anything in the contaminated room because the bed bugs can easily attach themselves to other objects. Do not to start sleeping in a different bed, sofa or with another family member or friend, as it makes it possible for the bed bugs to follow you to the new location and spread out their numbers into the next room. Contact professionals for help.

Bed Bug Inspections & Control

If you suspect you have bed bugs, contact Dave’s Pest Control today. We will complete a thorough bed bug inspection and formulate an effective bed bug treatment plan!

American Cockroach Control in Sturbridge, MA; How to Get Rid of Flying Cockroaches in Houses & Apartments

Cockroaches have been on our planet for 49 million years and they are still a thriving species that can be found all over the world. They can adapt to any living environment and are known as one of the most difficult pests to manage and keep out of our homes and commercial buildings. Cockroaches carry a wide range of diseases and pathogens that not only make them a destructive pest but a hazardous one as well. One of the most common species of cockroaches found in Massachusetts homes is the American Cockroach. Dave’s Pest Control will share some identifying traits and behaviors of the American cockroach and what you can do to control them.

American Cockroach Facts; Appearance, Reproduction & Diet

The American cockroach can grow up to 1 1/2 – 2 inches in length. They have long coppery colored wings with a reddish brown body and yellowish striped band on their head. Like other insects, the American cockroach has six legs and a pair of long antennae. An American cockroach develops very quickly, taking only 5 1/2 months to go from egg to adult. At this point, a female American cockroach will lay a capsule shaped egg case that can hold up to 16 eggs at a time. The female typically will lay the egg cases in humid warm places. The American cockroach can adapt to life both outdoors as well as indoors. They will feed on decaying leaves, fungi and algae. Indoors they will feed on pet food as well as discarded food or food that has been left out. They also require water so wherever a water source is, such as broken or leaky plumbing, you will also often find American cockroaches.

American Cockroach Infestation Signs

American cockroaches can fly once they reach full maturity. They can and will also fly through open doors or windows, especially at night, where the light will draw them inside. They also make their way into homes and other buildings through some passageways and cracks. The major sign of the American cockroach is, of course, seeing them. They are easily found in bathrooms and kitchen. The next sign is their droppings that look like pepper flakes spread around cabinets and such. You may even notice their egg cases or even a nasty musty odor in your home or even in just one room in the home.

How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches in Houses & Apartments

When it comes to controlling a pest as successful as the American cockroach, you must be ready to undergo the steps necessary. When putting together a cockroach management program consider these five steps.
Exclusion – This means to prevent cockroaches from entering inside your home or building by sealing those small cracks which they can squeeze through.
Landscaping – Maintain a clean landscape free of clutter or debris as well as maintaining outdoor plumbing. American cockroaches live and hide under leaves and yard debris piles that provide a sanctuary to breed and thrive. Once there, it’s a matter of time before they will be at your door step.
Baits – There are several types of baits that will lure and kill cockroaches. Dave’s Pest Control can place these baits where cockroach activity seems to be the greatest.
Growth Regulators – There are some products of pest control that slow down the growth process of cockroaches. This helps reduce the speed of cockroach population giving a better chance to control cockroaches.
Insecticides – Your final step in management is hiring a pest control company to regularly spray insecticides around your home and business which kills those cockroaches that come in contact with it.

Cockroach Extermination

Dave’s Pest Control knows it can become a battle to control cockroaches of any species. You will want to do all you can do to reduce the chances of a major cockroach population from occurring. We can help you with your battle. If you’re having a cockroach or any kind of pest problem, contact Dave’s Pest Control today.