Bed Bug Control
Serving Edwardsville, O'Fallon, Alton, & the Surrounding Areas
"Don't let the bed bugs bite." You've probably heard this many times in your life but thought it was just an old saying with no real meaning. Unfortunately, these bugs do exist, and they've made a comeback over the years. Though these invasive pests wreak havoc in residential bedrooms across the country, they also cause problems for many businesses throughout Illinois.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs have small, flat bodies and range in color from brown to reddish-purple. Adult bed bugs grow to about 1/4 to 3/8 inches in length and look similar to a tick. In fact, the tick and the bed bug both have something in common: They feed on human blood. Whereas a tick attacks you day or night, a bed bug mostly comes out at night for its feeding. Once the bed bug has its fill, it crawls back into its hiding space in your bedding or in the recesses of your couch.
How Do Bed Bugs Enter Homes and Businesses?
The bed bug acts like a hitchhiker, clinging to whatever it can and hitching a ride to its next destination. You can bring bed bugs into your home or business in a variety of ways, from buying infested used furniture to sharing a seat with someone with infested luggage. Kids who play in an infested outdoor area may also bring the bugs into the home or the school.
Bed bugs take advantage of their new homes by breeding continually and spreading throughout the area. They can lurk in the carpet, hide in clothing and nest within bedding. It's possible to carry bed bugs from your home and transmit them to your car, the office and other places you visit during the day. Without proper control, these bugs spread like wildfire and can infest most any building within days.
Do Bed Bugs Spread Diseases?
Though bed bugs don't transmit diseases to humans, they do cause itchy bite marks after they've fed. Some people may also develop hives, welts and rashes depending on their sensitivity to bug bites. Once you know you have a bed bug infestation, it can affect your sleep quality and keep you awake at night. Some people try to eradicate the bugs with do-it-yourself methods and only treat the bedroom. Because of a bed bug's resilience to some pest control, DIY treatments often don't work and only prolong the infestation.
Bed bugs not only affect your life but also your home and business. An infestation can reduce your home's resale value and give your business a bad reputation. A known bed bug infestation keeps hotel rooms empty, and it can take a long time before customers feel comfortable coming back.
Professional Bed Bug Control from Garella
When bed bugs threaten your home or business, contact Garella Pest Services for a free quote. We have served the southern and central Illinois areas since 1945 and understand how to deal with stubborn pests. Let us inspect your home or business for bed bugs and create a viable solution for eliminating the infestation for good.