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Strategies For Bed Bug Detection, Prevention, And Elimination For Los Angeles Homeowners

bed bug larvae on a bed

You know you need a plan when faced with a problem. A good strategy identifies the issue and discovers a way to solve the problem. In the same way, when bed bugs invade your home, you need a plan to eradicate the pests before they cause more discomfort to you or your family members. 

According to a nationwide survey of pest control professionals, 76% said bed bugs are the most difficult pest to remove from a home; therefore, you need bed bug control in Los Angeles from The PEST Group. Our trained and certified pest management professionals use the latest technologies and techniques to remove bed bugs and other pests from Los Angeles homes. 

Please keep reading to learn more about these elusive creatures, what you can do to prevent future infestations, and how we will stop the current bed bug infestation in your home. 

Bed Bug Detection: How To Spot And Confirm An Infestation

Bed bugs are nocturnal pests that emerge between midnight and 5 am to feast on a nearby host. Because they are active while you sleep, it may seem impossible to discern their presence in your home, but it is not. If you know where and what to search for, you will discover whether they are in your home. 

Search for these bed bug signs in your Los Angeles home: 

  • A musty odor

  • Reddish brown or mahogany 1/4-inch bed bugs

  • Small bites in clusters and rows

  • Reddish brown fecal stains

  • Discarded eggs, eggshells, and skin castings

Now that you know the indicators of an infestation, we will discuss where you should investigate. 

Due to their small size, bed bugs can hide in cracks and crevices no wider than a credit card. Search for the bugs, stains, and discarded materials in mattress seams, wood floor cracks, and gaps between baseboards, walls, and flooring. Also, check behind headboards, picture frames, and wallpaper seams for early signs of bed bugs in your home. 

A trained pest management professional from The PEST Group can help determine if you have a bed bug infestation in your home. 

Bed Bug Infestations: The Problems These Pests Cause

Although bed bugs do spread disease, they still cause many issues when they invade homes. When bed bugs bite, your body releases histamines, which cause the wound to turn red, swell, and itch. Constant scratching can cause infections in the bite areas. Furthermore, itching combined with the fear of waking up with more bites causes many people to lose sleep, resulting in depression, irritability, and forgetfulness. 

The PEST Group provides bed bug control near you that will protect your family from the anxiety and frustration caused by bed bugs.

Maintaining A Bed Bug-Free Home: Prevention Strategies

Bed bugs hitchhike into homes using clothing, shoes, boxes, bags, luggage, and used furniture from infested areas. Public transportation and accommodations are transportation hubs for these pests, so upon returning home from one of these locations, we recommend the following:

  • Wash and dry clothing 

  • Vacuum luggage

  • Inspect used furniture 

  • Check clothing and bags

Before entering your home, perform the actions on the list to prevent a bed bug infestation because just one fertilized female can begin an infestation. 

If it is too late and you have these pests inside your home, don't worry. The PEST Group provides the best bed bug pest control in Los Angeles.

What It Takes To Eliminate A Bed Bug Infestation

How we treat a bed bug infestation depends upon the severity of the problem. If the invasion is limited to one room, we treat that area; however, when the bed bugs have spread into surrounding areas, we utilize a system that heats the home. We deploy fumigation treatments when a bed bug infestation is throughout the house. 

Whether your bed bug infestation is confined to a room or spread throughout the house, The PEST Group will resolve the problem. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your free bed bug inspection.