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Bed Bugs

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Specifications

  • Length7 - 10 mm
  • Width6 - 9 mm
  • Lifespan1 Year

Time to be concerned when...

Unfortunately if you find one bed bug in your home it is likely there are many more. Don't mess around with these critters. Call in the professionals.

Pest Description

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.

Although they are a nuisance, they are not thought to transmit diseases.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.

Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.

Bed Bugs hiding places.

Bed Bugs like hiding in mattresses and box springs.

When Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.

Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.

Bed Bug bites turn into itchy welts.

Bed Bugs feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak.

People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.

Bedbugs! Are these nasty pests bugging you?
RainCity is here to help.
Give us a call and we eliminate your bedbug problem.

236.521.8668
Vancouver

778-994-7246
 Lower Mainland / Fraser Valley

Quick Facts

  • Bed bugs are little vampire critters.
    Bed bugs feast on human blood and leave their host with an itchy and irritated rash of bug bites.
  • Bed bugs just don't live in your bed.
    Bed bugs can set up shop in your luggage, dresser drawers, and carpet.

The RainCity Process

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Inspection

A detailed, multi-point inspection is conducted inside and outside

Strategize

A plan is implemented to address any pest services needed

Treatment

We will find and monitor pest “hot spots” and make carefully targeted applications

Prevention

A protective “barrier” is applied around your home to block pests from entering in the first place

Customer Care

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Time to be concerned when...

Unfortunately if you find one bed bug in your home it is likely there are many more. Don't mess around with these critters. Call in the professionals.