Bed Bugs

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The bed bug is tricky and dangerous little pest, even for exterminators. In Staten Island, it is hard to exterminate bed bugs completely. More often than not, a bed bug problem is out of hand before it is first identified.

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Seeing bed bug bites on your skin is way too late to seek bed bug exterminators! In Staten Island, Annihilator eX-Termination is here to help with bed bug problems all over the tri-state area.

Bed Bugs in New York City

Aside from just Staten Island, New York City bed bug problems are among the hardest to control in the world. 

Due to the close proximity of neighbors in buildings and in suburban environments, bed bugs often spread to neighbors, building mates, and roommates.

Bed Bug Extermination timeline

From the time you first suspect you have an issue, bed bug treatment can be long overdue. Infestation only starts to directly affect you once it gets into your bed, which can be days after bed bugs are in your home or apartment.

Having a Staten Island bed bug inspector come in and scan the room for signs is the only way to know for sure.

When you start to identify bed bug bites on the skin, you have an issue and should get in touch with an emergency exterminator as soon as possible!

Annihilator Extermination has a team of emergency bed bug exterminators on call when needed to get to the problem fast.

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Bed Bugs info

Having the power of knowledge on your side is a weapon against bed bugs. Knowing how they enter, why, and implementing Identifying bed bugs is no easy feat. Oftentimes, bites are the first signal that there is an issue.

Other than bed bug bites, though, there are many other ways they can be identified earlier.

Checking for bed bugs

Warning signs of bed bugs:

1. Bed bug bites

This one is well known. Bed bug bites are important to identify early on and differentiate from other insect bites.

With just a bite or two, you should be able to tell the difference from a common mosquito bite.

What do bed bug bites look like:

  • Red and itchy bite marks. Bed bug bites will itch and swell if scratched. They can lead to the red blotchy skin.
  • Clustered together. bites from these little guys usually are found in small clusters on the skin. The back is a common place to find bites.
    • Bed bug bites can also be found in zig-zag lines or straight rows less often.

2. Sleepless nights

Not surprisingly, you will most often find bed bugs in the bed. They are active at night when you are usually sleeping. If you are waking up more than usual with an itchy feeling, you should make sure bed bugs are not the problem.

3. Skin bumps on the arms and shoulders

Exposed skin is a good target for bed bugs because they don’t have to leave the bed to make their kill. Places you tend to leave uncovered are prime targets for feeding.

This is different from other insects, which tend to bite around the ankles and other places near the ground.

What bed bugs look like on bed

4. Dark, spotty marks on the bed

After being present for just a short time, bed bugs will begin to leave behind reminders that they are there.

After bed bugs feed on humans, they will leave behind blood spots. They will be rust colored and small, about the size of a freckle. Spots will be most apparent around corners of the bed and places like zippers where a mattress protector might be.

Bed bugs will also shed skin and molt. You can find their small brown exoskeletons present as well.

5. The “buggy” smell

Another common identification signal is a strong, musty odor. Something like you might smell in a damp cellar. If you find your room smelling like the locker room at the Y, you should consider checking for bed bugs.

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Inspecting for bed bugs 

There are a few places you should always check first for signs of bed bugs. Check your place thoroughly.

Aside from checking the bed itself, take some time to check on the places where you keep your linens and ESPECIALLY your luggage!

Bed bugs often come from traveling and can reside in the luggage where you kept infected clothing. You could end up having them in your closet!

Checking the bed for bed bugs

Obviously, you should always check the bed. 

Strip down the mattress and box spring. Inspect all of the corners and seams of the bed and mattress protector.

Use a magnifying glass and a flashlight to increase the contrast and zoom in a bit. They are small and need to be looked at very closely to be identified.

You are looking for small, rust-colored blood spots and small brown dots. Those dots would be the molted skin from when they shed.

Inspecting the room

After searching the bed, you should move on to the rest of the room. Though less often, bed bugs can stay in other areas of the room.

Check anything upholstered with fabric. Chairs, couches, bean bags, sleeping bags, etc. All of these places are potential homes for bed bugs.

Check the closet and luggage storage

***Make sure you check luggage. If you have been traveling recently (especially in multiple places) you are at risk. Make sure the luggage and closet are checked thoroughly.

Aside from that, bed bugs can be found on clothing too. If they are able to spread to all of your clothing, you will have to pay for special cleaning. It isn’t cheap!

How to get rid of bed bugs

Last but not least, we will go over how you can get rid of bed bugs.

Using these tips, you can protect from bed bug infestation

If you still need help or think you might have a problem, make sure to get in touch with us. We are always happy to talk it over or help with extermination when needed. 

We are specialized and licensed in the removal of all forms of bed bugs.

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