Bedbug infestations have been increasing in the United States since 2000. SW Oklahoma is no different. Bedbugs are making a come back in Stephens County at an alarming rate. They are now found in single family homes, apartments, hotels, schools, colleges, hospitals, senior citizen facilities, movie theaters, office buildings, retail stores and even public transportation. It seems they are everywhere. High end, luxury hotels and clothing boutiques are not even exempt.
They are a difficult insect to get rid of. They don’t care if you are clean, dirty, organized or cluttered. They adapt very quickly, so they can live anywhere. You won’t always find them on the bed. They like to be where you are. They like to infest your chair, sofa and beds. They like to be warm, so electrical outlets are a good hiding place. They like to be in cracks, crevices and behind the baseboard. During the colder months, they will rise with the heat in a room. They like to be in the dark where you can’t find them. They will do their best to keep you from seeing them. They are fabulous hitch hikers. They are so small that hiding in pockets, jackets, shoes, backpacks and purses is a breeze. They just hop on and wait for you to deliver them to their new home. They can live for a year or more without eating and can handle a wide range of temperatures. These are some of the reasons they are so hard to get rid of.
To effectively eliminate bedbugs you should always start with a thorough inspection by a pest control professional. They will know all the usual hiding places and be able to determine the severity of the infestation. Red Dirt Pest Control takes into consideration the construction of the home, severity of the infestation and all occupants when determining the most effective treatment to eliminate them entirely. Bedbug infestations are not something that can be controlled with do-it-yourself methods, over the counter pesticides or home remedies.
The bedbug life begins as an egg. The egg is grain-like and milky white in color. Nymphs are light or transparent in color. The adult bedbug is reddish brown in color and has a tear drop shape. The female bedbug can lay 200-250 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs hatch in 6-10 days. The nymphs emerge hungry. Every time a nymph feeds it will molt (shed) and grow to the next stage in the life-cycle.
Nymphs molt 5 times to reach maturity. At room temperature, a bedbug can reach adulthood in about five weeks. Red Dirt Pest Control includes a second treatment completed 30 days from the initial treatment. This second treatment is free of charge to the customer. It gives you peace of mind knowing your home is bedbug free for another 30 days. If you have any evidence or signs of a bedbug infestation, call Red Dirt Pest Control.
We will schedule an appointment to evaluate the situation and create an effective targeted pest control service plan that will eliminate them. We recommend including a consistent integrated pest management program to help prevent a re-infestation. Our bedbug treatments come with a 30 day follow-up treatment free of charge.