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If you are having trouble with bedbugs then you have come to the right place. We can help remove and prevent further outbreaks using our unique bed bug removal process.
Our bed bug control team has over 9 years experience in dealing with all types of bed bugs in both domestic homes and commercial properties such as motels and hotels.
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If Bed Bug buzzing around your home or business are putting your health or someone else’s at risk, or have become a nuisance or structural concern, call one of our Bed Bug control experts. Taking matters into your own hands will not only put you at risk of being stung, it may also adversely impact the environment.
Our experts live in the areas they service and are familiar with the species of Bed Bug living in Montreal. With nearly 10 years of innovative bee control solutions, your SOS-Exterminator expert will customize a plan to fit your needs. Contact SOS-Exterminator today to schedule an initial bee inspection.
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How we determine the cost of Bed Bugs control
There are a number of factors that go into the costs of bed bug extermination, which is why an inspection prior to quoting will provide the most accurate cost. Our bed bug control specialists will take into account the following factors:
- Severity of the infestation.
- Size of the property.
- Commercial or residential property.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. They are small wingless insects which are brown in colour and about 1/4 inch long, before feeding. They usually go into hiding during the day. They can hide in walls’ crevices and cracks, on beds, bed frames, mattress seams, box springs, and other furniture.
They usually come out to feed at night. These wingless insects can’t jump or fly, but they can crawl very fast. Bedbugs are actually great travelers and can be easily transported via furniture, luggage, bedding and clothing.
What do bed bugs look like?
If you think you may have bed bugs in your home, it’s important to be able to identify them. Bed bugs look different at different stages of their life cycle, but they tend to be from one to three millimeters long.
Adult bed bugs are oval-shaped and brown or reddish-brown in color. They are also very thin and flat, which makes it easy for them to squeeze in tight places. After feeding, however, their bodies get longer and more red in color.
In their nymph stage, bed bugs may be tan, white, yellowish, or nearly transparent, and will be much smaller than adults. Bed bugs feed on blood at all stages of their life.
Bed bug bite signs and symptoms
If you wake up in the morning with itchy, red bites on your body, this may be one of the signs that you’ve been bitten by bed bugs. It’s important to note, though, that not all people react to bed bug bites, so you may have bed bugs even if you don’t notice you’ve been bitten. However, there are some telltale signs of bed bug bites that may tip you off to having been bitten.
For many people, though, bed bug bites look like small, raised, red welts, and they often appear in lines or clusters. They are much smaller than mosquito bites but are often quite itchy.
What health risks do bed bugs pose?
Are bed bugs dangerous? Bed bug bites are annoying, but luckily, these pests aren’t known to carry diseases like mosquitoes and other parasites do. However, some people may have severe allergic reactions to bites, or scratching bed bug bites may lead to skin infections, according to the CDC.
What are bed bug behaviors and habits?
Knowing more about bed bug behavior and these creatures’ habits can help you learn more about how to prevent them and protect yourself from an infestation. In this section, we’ll look at how and when they feed, and their life cycle.
Bed bugs will feed on any warm-blooded mammal. It’s easier for them to bite humans, though, as we are not covered in thick fur like pets. Bed bugs tend to feed while we are asleep and are attracted to body warmth and the carbon dioxide humans exhale. This attracts them to a reliable source of blood so they can feed.
Bed bugs can feed as often as once a day and need to feed before molting. It only takes them a few minutes to feed before they go back into hiding for the rest of the night.
Lifecycle and Mating
Nymph and adult bed bugs derive their food source from the blood of animals, including humans. A bed bug’s life begins with a five-stage growth cycle to adulthood over about 37 days.
As adults, they can live for about a year, depending on their access to food and the ambient temperature. An adult female bed bug can lay roughly 113 eggs in her lifetime. At this rate, bed bug populations can double every 16 days. With thousands of bed bugs in one location, infestations take hold quickly.
Here’s a little more about the life cycle of a bed bug:
Bed bug nymphs are tiny — only around a millimeter long. They are usually whitish in color but are ready to feed as soon as they hatch.
In this stage, the bug grows a little and starts to darken in color. While they’re still tiny, they are about to shed their skin and grow again.
In this stage, just as in previous stages, the bug has grown a little more, reaching about three millimeters in length.
The bug continues to grow, feed, and shed its skin. It has nearly reached maturity.
In this stage, the bug is nearly full-grown and must feed and shed its skin once more before adulthood.
In just over a month, the bug has gone from an egg to an adult. It is now ready to mate and create potentially hundreds more bugs in your home.
After the male and female bed bugs mate, the female requires a blood meal to produce eggs. The female bed bug typically produces between 5 and 20 eggs per blood meal. Most of the eggs hatch and mature in 37 days. Because they can store fertilized eggs for some time, female bed bugs can reproduce even when apart from males.
How do bed bugs spread?
Because they reproduce so quickly, bed bug infestations can spread rapidly, especially in homes with shared walls like apartments or townhomes. They can climb through tiny cracks and will stay hidden until they’re ready to feed.
Bed bugs are also notorious hitchhikers. They will cling onto your clothes, shoes, or luggage when you travel, and will set up a nest wherever they happen to land. This is why they can be such a problem in hotels, office buildings, schools, and other public places.
What is the main cause of bed bugs?
Bed bugs are attracted to humans due to the carbon dioxide they exhale, along with other chemical cues released while we are sleeping. These pests have one mission – to feed on your blood. Bed bugs do not prefer dirty homes over clean homes. They don’t care about where they nest, as long as they have access to a regular supply of blood.
Who is at risk of getting bed bugs?
If you live in an apartment or in a housing unit that shares walls with another unit, you may be more at risk for bed bugs. Because bed bugs will crawl to find more human hosts when their nest grows, high-density residences and frequently traveled places like hotels and taxis become bed bug transportation stations. Buying used furniture is another way to acquire bed bugs at home.
The best way to reduce your bed bug risk is to carefully check for them when you are changing your bed, returning home with luggage, and buying used items. Examine these items outside before bringing them into your home.
Where do bed bugs hide?
Bed bugs like to cluster together near their human host’s bed, so they don’t have to travel far to their next feeding. It can get crowded quickly there, so bed bugs may hide in extremely tight places nearby, which makes them difficult to get rid of.
If you miss the bugs hiding in nearby furnishings, carpet edges, or even wallpaper, these outliers can reestablish their home in your bed in a matter of weeks. Bed bugs can be a nightmare to treat, especially if you try to do it yourself.
Common places bed bugs hide include electrical sockets, bed frames, mattresses, between couch cushions, in the zippers of pillows, and anywhere they aren’t often disturbed. They quickly scurry out of that hiding place once every few days to feed, and then they hide away until they’re hungry again.
Signs of bed bugs infestation in your home
There are a few common signs that you may have bed bugs in your home. Of course, as mentioned above, bites are a big warning that you may be housing an infestation.
You can also look for dark stains on your bed sheets, which may be bed bug feces. You can also be on the lookout for bloodstains on your sheets or clothing. Bed bug eggs, shells, and live bed bugs are less commonly seen, but can also be sure signs that you have a problem.
What to do if you think you may have bed bugs in your home
Because they are so small and difficult to spot, bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of. If you think you have bed bugs in your home, it’s important to call a bed bug control professional. When you call Terminix for a free inspection, a pro will first confirm whether you have bed bugs by identifying a sample. Then they’ll be able to discover the extent of the infestation and provide you with customized treatment options to help take care of your bed bug problem. Call SOS-Extermination today for a free inspection.
More bed bug facts
Is your passion for bed bug knowledge keeping you awake at night?
Probably not, but these facts about bed bugs will dispel common myths and might actually give you some comfort while you sleep tonight. At the very least, you’ll learn that there won’t be any bed bugs ‟flying” over your pillow. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they can’t crawl.
Bed bugs can go without a meal for more than a year
If you’ve ever thought you might be able to starve bed bugs to death by not sleeping in an infested room for a while, you are out of luck. In some cases, bed bugs have been known to survive more than a year without a blood meal.
Bed bugs are unwilling movers
Bed bugs might be just as lazy as their name suggests. While they don’t limit themselves to hiding in beds, they do limit the amount of exercise they are willing to commit to for the sake of a meal. Some bed bugs will travel up to 100 feet in search of a host, but on average, most bed bugs won’t travel more than 30 feet.
Bed bugs have a slow and steady pace
Perhaps part of the reason that bed bugs prefer not to travel has to do with their speed. Bed bugs can only move about 3 to 4 feet per minute. On a flat surface without any obstacles in the way, it would take a bed bug almost an entire day to move just 1 mile.
Bed bugs don’t have alternative travel options
Among all of these other facts about bed bugs, this one might be especially comforting. Bed bugs don’t have any hind wings and their front wings are no more than wing-like pads. As such, they are unable to fly. They also don’t jump.
Bed bugs can’t climb smooth surfaces
If you are suspicious about a small piece of furniture in your home containing bed bugs, place it in the bathtub until you have a chance to inspect and clean it. Just make sure the bathtub is clean. While bed bugs are hopeless against a perfectly smooth surface, they can sometimes use the dirt on an otherwise slippery side, in order to escape.
Bed bugs aren’t beach bums
The idea of basking in the hot sand all day would not be particularly attractive to a bed bug. In fact, in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, bed bugs can’t live for more than three or four hours.
Bed bugs have a ghost-like appearance
You are likely to be haunted by any insect that sneaks up on you at night, but bed bugs can have a particularly ghost-like appearance. A newly matured, nymph bed bug, or one that hasn’t fed for a very long time, will appear translucent. Bed bugs only gain color after they have had a blood meal. After its very first meal, a nymph bed bug will turn bright red.
Bed bugs can be a huge money pit or a major money payout
After taking a break from tormenting the human population, bed bugs have made a major resurgence over the past few years. This has led to a number of lawsuits regarding bed bugs. One of the biggest payouts as a result of a bed bug lawsuit was more than $600,000.
If these facts about bed bugs haven’t exactly brought on the comfort of counting sheep, consider calling a pest management professional. Call SOS-Extermination today and you can schedule a free bed bug inspection. Or, you could just count the bed bugs until they put you to sleep. Sounds soothing, right?
All Types of Bed Bugs
- Common or household bed bug (Cimex lectularius).
- Tropical bedbug (Cimex hemipterus).
- Eastern Bat Bug (Cimex Adjunctus, Leptocimex Boueti).
- Swallow Bugs (Oeciacus Vicarius and Hirundinis).
- Colorado bed bug (Hesperocimex Coloradensis).
- Mexican chicken bugs or Poultry bugs (Haematosiphon Inodora).
- Chimney Swift Bugs (Cimexopsis Nyctalis).
- Ornithocoris Pallidus and Ornithocoris Toledoi.
- Primicimex Cavernis and Bucimex Chilensis.
Common or household bed bug (Cimex lectularius)
As the term implies, this one is a common bed bug all over the world. It is said to have been introduced in the US in the 1990s thanks to the migration peak and is now also virtually present in all of Asia and Europe.
Common bed bugs are just the size of an apple seed. They are broad and flat, oval at one end and pointed at the other. They are dark brown in color and are uniquely hairy up close.
They have a similar blood sucking behavior like mosquitoes and enter homes through cracks, and crevices.
Tropical bedbug (Cimex hemipterus)
They are not very different from the common bed bug. As a matter of fact, the only thing which separates them from the aforementioned is the fact that they only thrive in tropical and subtropical locations.
They are endemic around warmer climates specifically in Africa, Asia and South America.
In terms of appearance and behavior, they are totally similar to the common bed bug. Just a fun fact, the tropical bed bug has been made extinct in the US in the 1940s but was reintroduced around Florida and Georgia in 2016 according to Bed Bugs Insider.
Eastern Bat Bug (Cimex Adjunctus, Leptocimex Boueti)
Bat bugs are considered as the original bed bugs but instead of human blood, they feed on bat blood. Like the common bed bug, they are flat, oval, and have the same brown black color.
They are known to feed on insectivorous bats only. They live in caves and are able to transfer when they latch themselves in the bats’ wings.
Swallow Bugs (Oeciacus Vicarius and Hirundinis)
They are not in the same genus as the bed bugs but they belong to the same bug family. However, unlike bed bugs, they do not feed on human blood.
They are of the same size, shape, and appearance as bed bugs but their stark difference would be their longer hairs, popping out of their shells.
As the name suggests, they feed on birds, specifically swallows. They niche on their nests. One indicator of swallow bug infestation would be hatchlings leaving the nest even before they could fly.
Colorado bed bug (Hesperocimex Coloradensis)
This bed bug is predominantly found in the West Coast up to the Midwest. They are outdoor bed bugs, feeding on birds, bats, and wild animals. In recent years, a significant report stated that they now feed majorly on pygmy owls.
The definitive characteristic of Colorado bed bugs is that they follow their live hosts around. As such, they are also found inside cacti where bats and some birds would roost. As for the color, shape, and size, they are very similar to common bed bugs.
Mexican chicken bugs or Poultry bugs (Haematosiphon Inodora)
Again, this one is similar to bed bugs in terms of size, color, and shape but instead of feeding on human blood, they evolved to feed on chicken. These ones are commonly found in poultry businesses or where chickens are, generally.
Interestingly, most species of bed bugs including the common bed bug are now found to be feeding on chickens too. And as such, Mexican chicken bugs are also treated or eliminated in the same way as common bed bugs are eliminated.
Chimney Swift Bugs (Cimexopsis Nyctalis)
This one is similar to bed bugs with regards to shape, size and color but of all the types of bed bugs listed here, the chimney swift bug has stark differences with bed bugs:
- They have longer legs compared to bed bugs.
- They are active all day (even in the daytime).
- They live on walls and never on mattresses.
Ornithocoris Pallidus and Ornithocoris Toledoi
This is another bed bug that feed on birds, specifically martins. Like Mexican chicken bugs, they also feed on chickens.
They live in warmer climates, from South America to the Gulf coast. The only difference this one has with common bed bugs is their lighter brown color.
Primicimex Cavernis and Bucimex Chilensis
These two bed bug types are very related. Both are bigger than bed bugs, and have spider-like legs. They are endemic in Central and South America. They feed on bats, often found inside cacti which the woodpeckers holed or in bat caves where they can freely feed on them while they are asleep.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bedbugs
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Signs of Infestation
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases.
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls.
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide.
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands.
What is the main cause of bed bugs?
They can come from other infested areas or from used furniture. They can hitch a ride in luggage, purses, backpacks, or other items placed on soft or upholstered surfaces. They can travel between rooms in multi-unit buildings, such as apartment complexes and hotels.
Where do bed bugs hide on your body?
Bed bugs, unlike lice, ticks, and other pests, like to feed on bare skin where access is easy. This includes the neck, face, arms, legs, and other areas of the body with little hair. Bed bugs may bite you on your head if you’re bald, but otherwise, they’re unlikely to target the scalp.
What instantly kills bed bugs?
The high temperature of steam 212°F (100°C) immediately kills bed bugs. Apply steam slowly to the folds and tufts of mattresses, along with sofa seams, bed frames, and corners or edges where bed bugs may be hiding.
How long do bed bugs live?
about 2 to 4 months
Under normal circumstances, adult bed bugs will live for about 2 to 4 months. Young nymphs can survive without a blood meal for days up to several months. Older nymphs and adults can survive longer without a blood meal, up to a year under very favorable conditions.
What does a bedbug bite look like?
Bedbug bites tend to look similar to other insect bites. The bites are very itchy and smaller than a quarter-inch across. In white skin, the bites usually appear red. On dark skin, they can look faint-pink or purplish, and turn deep brown the longer they remain on the skin.
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