Bed Bug Fact Sheet

Bed Bug Cycle

Welcome to the J.M.L. Pest Control Bed Bug information page. We are the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Award Winning Service Provider in our area for Pest Control Services. Our goal is to provide the very best in pest control as well as our Bed Bug treatments, & customer satisfaction. There is a lot of information on the web about bed bugs & thousands of different treatment recommendations made by non-professionals & even some businesses that may be mis-leading, confusing or just flat out over-priced & not doing a proper treatment or educating the client about the problem. Please Call us with any questions before, during or after a bed bug treatment was performed, estimated or discovered. We will only give you the facts about your issue as well as pre-treatment recommendations & the best treatment method to safely & effectively get rid of the pest issue so you can have some piece of mind & a good night’s sleep. (all info can be found from Penn State Entomology fact sheets)

The Life Cycle of the Bed Bug on the left shows exactly what takes place during the life time of these persistent evasive pests.

NOTE: It is not advisable for homeowners to attempt to treat for bed bugs. Most of the necessary insecticides are only for sale to use by professional pest-management companies. If homeowners try to control these bugs with over-the-counter products, the bed bugs likely will become dispersed, resulting in a more difficult treatment required at a later date.

All members of the bed bug family feed on the blood of birds or mammals. The Common bed bug, (Cimex lectularius) attacks man, as does the Eastern bat bed bug, (Cimex adjunctus). Other species exist that attack bats, pigeons, and rodents. Bed bugs are active mainly at night, usually just before dawn. During the day, they hide in cracks and crevices in walls, floors, beds, & furniture. When only a few bed bugs are present, they live close to human sleeping areas; when populations grow they can be found in many rooms of the house. A characteristic “bed bug odor” is frequently present in a home infested with bed bugs.

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How bed bugs are introduced into your home or business.

Bed bugs become established in structures when they hitch a ride in boxes, baggage, furniture, bedding, laundry, & in or on clothing worn by people coming from infested sites or in contact with infested items.

Bed bugs hides in cracks, crevices, and seams during the day. They prefer narrow crevices with a rough surface where their legs and backs touch the opposing surfaces. Bed bugs have difficulty climbing polished glass & plastic surfaces. Wood, paper & Cloth surfaces are preferred to either stone, metal, or plaster; however, in the absence of preferred sites or during high population numbers, the latter will also be utilized. The aforementioned cracks & crevices should be filled with appropriate fillers, such as caulking.

Bugs will sometimes hide in the crevices of upholstered furniture & mattresses created by folds, buttons, & cording. Box Springs can be a problem as well under the stapled dust cover or into the actual frame of the box spring. Thoroughly vacuum all upholstery—including the undersides—mattresses, box springs & pillows. Launder bedding & dry in a warm air dryer. Mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture & cushions can be treated with “dry” steam. Using an infrared thermometer, make certain that the area just treated is at least 176°F. (80°C). Depending on the steam unit used, the wand should pass over the surface of the fabric at about a foot every ten seconds.

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Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to provide the best recommendations possible to help you deal with & eliminate these nightmarish bugs.