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Pest Control OKC: What happens to pests in the winter Pt. 2

Pest Control OKC: What do other pests do in the winter?

Pest Control OKC has a few more pests behaviors that let them survive the winter and come back to annoy you in the summer.

Mosquitoes: Spend any time outdoors in the summer and you will eventually catch a bite from these tiny buzzing nuisances. Most people believe that the cold kills off these little terrors. When it warms up they move back from the warmer climates. But that isn’t what happens, mosquitoes will actually overwinter, hibernate, inside hollow logs and other protected places. They hibernate like this until the weather warms back up at which point females will wake up and begin looking for blood to develop eggs from. And to annoy you while you enjoy the warm weather of course.

Cockroaches: Cockroaches are survivors. They’ve been around for millions of years and, despite our best efforts, they’ll be around for millions more. They’ve developed into one of the most adaptable creatures alive today, so how do they survive the cold? Generally, they don’t. They don’t die, they simple choose to not deal with the cold by living in warm, moist environments. German Cockroaches, for example, stay active year-round by living in these kinds of environments, like your home, year round. American Cockroaches will spend the warmer years outside with the other pests, but once it gets colder they’ll begin to mass migrate to similar environments as their German counterparts.

Bed Bugs: bed bugs can handle an extreme range of temperatures. From nearly freezing to around 122 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes them difficult to deal with. However, they can’t last more than a few days in temperatures below freezing, making your home the perfect winter shelter.

If you need pest control, call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today.

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Pest Control OKC: Bed Bug Bites and treatments

Pest Control OKC: Bed Bug Bites and how to deal with them

Bed bugs are an invasive, annoying pest. They ruin furniture and are notoriously hard to get rid of, often requiring the work of a professional pest control expert. But by far the creepiest part about bed bugs is the way they feed on humans, sucking our blood as we sleep in the night. Bed bug bites often appear in lines as red bumps. They can be itchy and annoying. Should you find a line of bumps along with blood on your pajamas and sheets, it may be you have a bad bug infestation. Here are some common treatments if these bites become irritated and itchy:

Of course, the best way to prevent bed bug bites is to get rid of bed bugs. After you relieve the itching from bed bug bites, be sure to call a pest control expert to get rid of the infection. What’s good about bed bugs is that they’re more annoying then deadly. The worst that will happen is you’ll get really itchy and have some annoying bumps on your skin. Antihistamines can reduce the swelling and itching from the bumps, as can a plain old ice pack. You can clean the bites with antiseptic cream or lotions. The bumps should go away on their own in a couple of weeks. The only thing to really worry about is the possibility of infection from the openings left by the bed bugs but really as long as you shower and maintain a level of cleanliness that shouldn’t be a big concern. You’ll also want to wash and dry your sheets and blankets. Bed bugs don’t clean up after themselves and will leave fecal matter all over your bed!

If you have an infestation, call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: How to spot bed bugs

Pest Control OKC lays out how to spot bed bugs

Bed bugs can be quite the hard pest to find. Often, they can exist for quite a long time without you ever noticing. Once you discover an infestation, it’s important that you take steps to end the infestation quickly before it can spread to other parts of your home. The best way to do this is by calling a certified pest control specialist to handle the problem. Bed bugs are notoriously resilient and DIY methods often miss nests or aren’t strong enough to kill them. That being said, here are a few methods of finding these critters.

Look for physical evidence: Bed bugs are masters when it comes to hiding themselves. Where there less capable is hiding the evidence of their attacks. Look for these physical signs that a piece of furniture may house some unwanted guests:

  • Fecal Stains on mattress or bedding
  • Bloodstains on pajamas and sheets
  • Cast/shed skins and exoskeleton

Suspicious Bugs: Obviously, the most concrete evidence that you have a bed bug infestation is to actually find a bed bug scurrying around your place. This is easier said than done however. Bed bugs only come out at night and are very small. Also, do you know what a bed bug looks like? We all know about bed bugs, but how many of us actually know what they look like? Luckily, The EPA has pictures and explanations about each stage of a typical bed bug’s life. Showing how they grow and change.

Bites: Bites might seem like a clear indication of infestation, but they’re actually one of the worst indications of infestations. Why? Because lots of insects bite. It could’ve been a chigger or even a fungal rash. Some people don’t react to bed bug bites at all!

If you think your home might have some unwanted guests, give The Bug Guy, pest control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC: Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

How to keep the bed bugs from biting with Pest Control OKC!

Bed bugs have made a resurgence in recent years and they can be one of the most troublesome pests to deal with. In a survey conducted by The National Pest Management Association, 76% of pest control professionals said that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to control for them. The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is here with a few tips on what to do if you find these annoying critters in your bed.

Bug bombs are generally not recommended for use in Bed Bug control. Bed bugs are very good at hiding and can crawl into spaces where a bug bomb won’t be able to reach them. They’ve also shown a resilience to the chemicals used in bug bombs to kill them. A lastly, maybe most importantly, these bombs can cause the bed bugs to scatter and look for different hiding places making the problem significantly worse!

If your going to try and control the bed bugs by other means, such as pesticides, make sure that such chemicals are safe for indoor use. Many pesticides were not designed to be used indoors and can do way more damage than good when dealing with bed bugs. Many of these pesticides will make you sick, and to top it all off much like the bug bombs, incorrect pesticides can drive the bed bugs to hide! Now your sick and the bed bug problem is worse! The EPA has a list of all products approved for use on bed bugs.

If your going to go the professional route, make sure the person you hire is fully qualified and certified, like us! Resources like the Better Business Bureau, consumer protection agencies, and the state pest control regulatory office can all help you find a qualified, and quality, pest control professional in your area.

If you need Bed Bugs driven out of your home. Give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Bed Bugs facts

Pest Control OKC: Facts about Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a terrible nuisance, they infest our bed and feed on us as we sleep. They’re hard to discover and once you do, they’re even harder to get rid of. It’s good to know how these pests spread and how they feed in order to better combat them.

How do they spread: Bed Bugs mostly hang around, well, beds and other furniture. So, how do they go from place to place? There are 2 main ways bed bugs spread: Travelers and secondhand furniture. Hotels and other traveling accommodations are magnets for bed bugs. The high number of humans coming in and out means there’s plenty to eat and plenty of opportunities to stow away in an unknowing vacationers things. Then, once your home they can begin to infest your residence! Secondhand Furniture should be checked carefully as this is another common way bed bugs move. You buy an old sofa from a friend or from a craigslist ad thinking it’s a good deal. But if you don’t check that sofa might be hiding some bed bugs the previous owner missed or just didn’t tell you about.

How do they Feed: Bed bugs feed on blood and they primarily feed at night when we’re sleeping. Bed bugs usually don’t feed every night. Typically they will feed around once a week. Females need to eat more so they can produce babies, called nymphs. Bed bugs will also usually only stick to one host and never stray far from their nest. That means that if 2 or more people in your house are suffering bed bug attacks, it’s likely 2 different nests with completely different bugs. If bed bugs get hungry enough, they can also come out during the day out of desperation.

If you think you have bed bugs or any other common pest, call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Reports The Return Of Bed Bugs: Part 2

OKC Pest Control: Protecting You And Your Bedding

In part one of this series, our OKC pest control team went into detail about how bed bugs have made their way back into the lives of many Americans. We also gave some tips on how to identify these blood sucking bugs in the event that you might have them, too! Today, our OKC pest control team will be answering a few prevalent questions people often have about bed bugs.

Do bed bugs leave evidence on the body?

Just as bed bugs leave behind evidence that they’ve been in your bed, they also leave distinct rash-like patches on the skin where they’ve bitten. These patches can be rather blotchy around the face, neck, back, hands, and arms.  If scratched, the bites can become infected and typically, there are no treatment options unless infection does set in. Bed bugs can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.

Can you get rid of bed bugs without professional treatment?

With a lot of diligence and patience you may be able to do some hard work on your own, but be warned it’s not going to be pretty. As bed bugs can hide in various places you would need to take the most thorough actions possible and remove every large piece of furniture, bag up stuffed animals and like items, and clean up really well. Unfortunately, even if you take every precaution to clean up the mess of bed bugs by yourself there is still a chance you won’t get them all.

The truth is, as you will come to realize through research of your own, getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process. The reason it’s so difficult to get rid of them is that each adult female produces about one egg per day and each egg takes 10 days to hatch. Furthermore, it only takes another five to six weeks for the offspring to develop into an adult and be ready to procreate.

Our OKC pest control team is here to help! We want to make sure that your home is bug-free before the Valentine’s day gets here. So, if you want to sleep tight without bed bugs biting you, contact The Bug Guy @ 405-973-5522. We’d love to help protect you and your bedding!

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OKC Pest Control Reports The Return Of Bed Bugs: Part 1

OKC Pest Control: Protecting You And Your Bedding

Our OKC pest control team is ready for the month of February and all it has to offer, are you? If you have bed bugs, chances are you’re probably not ready for anything except some relief!

The month for love and romance is no time at all to be getting bitten up by bed bugs! Sleeping soundly in a bug-free bed is something everyone deserves. The last thing you’d want your significant other or special sweetheart to notice is that your bed has been infested with bed bugs causing them to be dinner for the gross, little insects. Likewise, did you know that your guests could actually bring bed bugs with them? It’s true as they can be very good at hiding. Read on to learn more.

Are bed bugs even still around? 

You may think bed bugs are less common these days than they were in the past, but our OKC pest control team is here to tell you that we’ve seen them make a big return! Older generations will remember they were a common occurrence before World War II in the United States and the epidemic seemed to eliminated for quite some time, but records indicate bed bugs remained prevalent in other areas of the world and that increases in immigration, travel, and restrictions on stronger pesticides have played a role in the comeback of these disgusting blood suckers.

Can you see them and if so what do they look like?

Bed bugs are tiny and they are very good at hiding in beds, dark areas, in luggage, and on clothing. If you do happen to see them they can be identified as reddish brown in color and even more red after they’ve sucked the blood of humans or animals. They also often leave behind evidence that they’ve been in your bed. Here are a few tips from our OKC pest control team to help you know what to look out for:

  • Bug skins or shells
  • Egg cases
  • Fecal stains on mattress, sheets, blankets, or pillows
  • Blood stains on sheets or pajamas
  • Sometimes a musty odor

As you can imagine, the thought of being bitten up by bed bugs isn’t very appealing. If you think you have signs of bed bugs in your home, please don’t hesitate to give our OKC pest control company, The Bug Guy, a call @  405-973-5522. We’d love to help protect you and your bedding!

If you’d like to know more about bed bugs, stick around for part two of this series!