Bed bugs are a problem all across the country, including places like hotels, motels, home rentals, and apartment buildings. They are especially problematic in a state like Florida where there is a high amount of tourist and business traffic. Even if you have lived in an apartment complex for years you can still be at risk for a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs can easily be introduced into your home by yourself or guests. These little bugs are great hitchhikers and are able to travel with ease on luggage, purses and even clothing. They also have the ability to travel from unit to unit, so it can be hard to determine where they originated from. Bed bugs can also travel through walls from other infested apartments. For your own protection it is best to understand the bed bug policy where you live.
At McCall we know you have probably heard of bed bugs. News about them is everywhere, but because there is so much information out there we want to really make sure that you understand them, what their signs are and how to inspect for them.
Bed bugs are nocturnal, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of mammals, and unlucky for us, human blood is their favorite. Adults are a reddish to brown color and are about the size and shape of an apple seed. Bed bugs cannot fly or jump, but can travel through cracks in walls to seek new hosts.
Some tips for spotting signs of bed bugs and inspecting for bed bugs in your apartment or other rental include:
Finding small rust colored spots on your bedding and linens.
Seeing tiny brown droppings on your linens or under your mattress and box spring.
Spotting shed exoskeletons from growing nymphs that can be found in piles around your mattresses or other areas where bed bugs are hiding.
Seeing live adults crawling under your mattress or in cracks or crevices of walls, baseboards and wooden furniture. Using a flashlight can help you to see adults hiding in these areas.
As a renter you should look into your building’s particular policy for bed bugs. You should find out who is responsible for setting up the treatments and who is responsible for paying for the treatment services. Since every rental group’s policy can be different, you should know what yours is so that in the event of a bed bug infestation you can get help quickly. Bed bugs are not something that cannot be easily eliminated with DIY methods. The source of the problem needs to be found immediately, and a professional will be able to get to the source of the infestation quickly.
For more information about bed bugs, bed bug inspections, bed bug heat treatments and for help to prevent them from invading your apartment, contact the Florida pest control experts at McCall Service!