"Bed bugs are showing up in the Sacramento region, and it's going to get worse." - UC Davis Entomologist

FAQs

How long do bed bugs live? They have a life span of one year.

What do they feed on?  They feed on human blood, but they also feed on mammals and birds. Typically, bed bugs are active at night, but they will come out during the day if needed. They can live for up to 6 months without a feeding. They are attracted to human breath and  detect carbon dioxide exhaled by the host(s). So, as long as you’re breathing, you can get bitten. Both male and female bed bugs bite.

How fast do they reproduce? One bed bug can produce more than twenty nymphs every 90 days. A female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food and temperature. The Eggs hatch in about 10 days.

But I’m a very clean person. I can’t have bed bugs….right? WRONG! This is a misconception. Bed bugs will inhabit anywhere where there are humans. Buying furniture, used clothes or picking up used items by a curbside can bring them into your home.  Washing is secondary to drying on high heat before bringing it home.

If I don’t travel very often. I can’t get bed bugs…right? It only takes one trip to a friend’s house, in a rental car, on any public transportation – and a little bugger has hitched a ride to your home and belongings. Learn about residential services.

How can I prevent getting bed bugs while traveling? Use caution when traveling and check the following places for bugs and clusters of eggs before you unpack your items: Seams, creases, tufts and folds of mattresses and box springs Cracks in the bed frame and headboard, under chairs, beds, couches, and dust covers. Between the cushions of couches and chairs, under area rugs and the edges of carpets, between the folds of curtains, in drawers, behind baseboards, and around window and door casings. Also, behind electrical plates and under loose wallpaper, paintings and posters, in cracks in plaster, in telephones, radios, and clocks. Keep luggage on luggage racks and off the floor. Keep luggage in bathroom if possible, as bed bugs are less likely to be found there. Bed bugs are attracted to breath, so they’ll seek their host(s) within a ten-foot radius, which is typically in bed or in a chair. Since the bugs are less likely to be in the bath area, hang clothing onto the shower rod when possible.

What do the bites look like? Bed bug bites most commonly occur on exposed areas of the body, including face, neck, hands, arms, lower legs or all over the body. Different skin reactions can occur: red and itchy flat lesions, small raised swelling lesions, large raised itchy welts and lumps filled with blood or fluid.

Can I become allergic? Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but their bites can cause great discomfort and excessive scratching can lead to a skin infection.

How do I treat a bed bug bite? Treatment for most people is as simple as treating any itch and letting the body heal itself. In severe cases the bugs cause hives and welts. Reactions can appear days after you are bitten.

What is the best method of treatment? While there are various methods of treatment, the best method is a mixture of different applications. We use steam, thermal heating, and pesticidal applications.