Bed Bug Solutions in Wilmington NC

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Bed Bugs

Latin Name: Cimex lectularius L.
Appearance: Flat, reddish-brown, oval, 3/16″-often compared with an apple seed. Notice the picture below-Bed Bug crawling on grains of rice for size reference.

Bed bug females lay between 200 to 500 eggs during their lifetime in batches of 3 to 4 eggs per day. Adult bed bugs can live 10 months or more without food (blood).

Bed bugs tend to live in clusters similar to cockroaches. Adult bed bugs generally travel 15 to 20 ft. or less, from their harborage sites.

Bed bugs feed mostly on human blood just below the surface of the skin with their piercing-sucking mouthparts. Those bitten by a bed bug may develop small, white to red, hard welts which itch intensely. Bed bugs feed exclusively at night and take approximately 3-5 mins to engorge on blood then returning to there harborage.

Harborages:

  • Tufts, seams, and buttons on mattresses
  • Box springs
  • Bed frames
  • Couches and chairs
  • Window & door molding
  • Behind wall paper and pictures
  • Cracks in hardwood flooring
  • Under carpet along walls
  • Wall voids behind switch plates and outlets
  • Luggage

These areas are usually marked by brown or black spots of dried blood on surfaces where bugs rest.

Be alert for “bed bug smell” which has been described as an “obnoxious sweetness” or fresh, red raspberries.

A proper inspection & treatment is absolutely necessary to elimination bed bug infestations.

Serving Wilmington NC, Brunswick, New Hanover & Pender County