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Bed Bugs

BED BUG CONTROL  

NZ Pest Control, offers bed bug pest control treatments, for Auckland homes, and commercial premises.

What is a bed bug?

Bed bugs are very small parasitic insects that are rising in number, making a strong comeback after Bed_Bug_-_Logo_No3.jpgnearly 50 years of limited activity.  Adult bed bugs have a distinct reddish-brown color and have flat, oval-shaped bodies about 6mm in length. In a protected area, an adult female will lay up to five eggs in one day. The eggs are small, approximately 1mm in size and are whitish in color, making them nearly invisible to the untrained eye. Bed bug eggs are slightly sticky when first laid, which allows them to adhere to surfaces to remain safe until hatching. Once hatched, bed bug nymphs are no larger than a pinhead, closely resembling the adults, but smaller and lighter in color until they reach maturity. The nymphs mature rapidly, shedding their exoskeleton as they grow larger after each feeding. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, preferring human blood, but will also feed on other warm-blooded animals if necessary. Signs of a bed bug infestation are:

  • Small spots of blood on mattresses and bed linens

  • Tiny brown droppings

  • Exoskeletons, or “cast skins” shed by growing nymphs

  • Tiny white eggs and egg casings

Why do I have them?

Bed bugs are very efficient hitchhikers, capable of traveling great distances with an unsuspecting host. The affordability and prevalence of mass transit and international travel is a major contributing factor to the increase in bed bug infestations. Travel to countries with less rigorous standards of hygiene and limited pest control practices has become more common and more detrimental as bed bugs have been found in airplane seats, cabs and hotel beds. They commonly travel in luggage, backpacks and even in clothing. Once the bed bug has hitched a ride, its destination could be anywhere, including health care facilities, public transportation and private homes.

Are they dangerous?

Bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit diseases to humans, but their bites can cause skin irritation. Though many people have no reaction to bed bug bites, some experience small red welts that often appear in a line or cluster and may be itchy or painful. Serious health problems can occur if the bites become infected, at which point a medical professional should be consulted.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of once an area has been infested. They are nocturnal feeders rarely seen during the day and their flat bodies make it easy for them to hide in cracks and crevices in mattresses, linens, behind baseboards and inside furniture. NZ Pest Control offers EPA-approved bed bug control services. We begin by scheduling a thorough and detailed inspection of your property to ascertain the extent of infestation. Armed with this information, our pest control team will customize a program to your specific needs, treating not only the infested rooms and furniture, but surrounding areas as well.

Can I do it myself?

Do-it-yourself methods of bed bug removal are not often successful due to the naturally elusive and nocturnal nature of the pest. An experienced eye and training are essential to fully understand and eradicate the pests, using tried and trusted techniques. At NZ Pest Control, we employ a team of highly trained, pest control professionals, that are ready to assist whenever you need us.

How soon can you get here?

At NZ Pest Control, we strive to give our customers a rapid, efficient service, and make every effort to be with you as soon as possible.

Is the treatment safe?

All products used by NZ Pest Control, must have first been thoroughly checked by the EPA and registered for pest control use. Only then can they be considered for use by our highly trained pest control professionals. You can be assured, that pest control services provided by NZ Pest Control, will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent bed bugs returning in the future?

Bed bugs are very difficult to prevent, given their ability to enter areas in a number of different ways. The best thing to do is remain vigilant. Watch for the tell-tale signs of bed bugs, and call NZ Pest Control to discuss our treatment options, as soon as you spot them, to reduce the risk of major infestation. We are committed to improving the quality of life for all of our customers, by providing the safest and most effective treatment, for the management of pests which pose a threat to their health, property and food supply.

 

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