Bed Insects

Bed Control

Crawling insects, such as Bed Bugs are not known to spread diseases. Bed bugs have become a significant problem in Canada and around the world. They are easily spread and difficult to treat resulting in rapid growth in the number of bed bug outbreaks around the world. The key to beating any bed bug infestation is to raise awareness of what to look for and to ensure bed bugs are dealt with quickly once discovered.

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Central Alberta Pest Control ltd. offers a call-out service to deal with bed bugs and other pest problems in the home. If you think you are infested with bed bugs, call us right away and we will come by and offer treatment options. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.

Identifying Bed Bugs

Adult bed bugs are 4- 5mm long. Prior to feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding. They come out at night and are attracted to the warmth of our bodies and carbon dioxide in our breath. They are usually found in bedrooms but hide in cracks and crevices during the day.

The most common shelters for bed bugs are:

  • Seams of mattresses
  • Crevices in the bed frame
  • Behind furniture surrounding the bed (especially the headboard)
  • Where the wall meets the floor.

In well established infestations, dark brown/red or black staining of the mattress from bed bug excrement is typically visible. An established infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant scent secreted by bed bugs.

It is difficult to identify bed bugs from their bite because our bodies react very differently to them. It is more important to look at the overall pattern and timing of bites and other factors to identify whether bites are caused by bed bugs. Bed bug bites are unlikely to wake the victim and can occur anywhere on the body, but are often close to blood vessels near the skin.

A single bed bug may bite more than once in the same area. However, bites on different parts of the body indicate being bitten by several bed bugs. Early in a bed bug infestation, the victim may not yet be sensitized to the bites and they may not feel itchy. However, small droplets of blood on the sheets will indicate the presence of bed bugs.