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Are The Bed Bugs Biting?

Jan 21, 2020 | Updates

Good Night. Sleep Tight. Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite” 

from the 1896 English Children’s Nursery Rhyme


Recent articles throughout the country point to a very disturbing trend of Bed Bug Infestations.  These articles went as far as ranking the worst cities in America for the ‘free-loading” pests.  Sadly, our Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., walked away with 1st place.  Rest assured several articles also mention efforts throughout Illinois to address this rapidly expanding condition.

As we all knew that Washington, D.C., was overflowing with many vermin and pests. So, it was not too alarming to hear of Bed Bugs now permeating every corner of our nation’s political realm.

This so-called epidemic of Bed Bugs, just like politicians, knows no boundaries.  Also Bed Bugs, unlike politicians, have no social economic preference to households or persons.  That is inclusive of Business’s, Factories, Hospitals and Nursing Homes, plus Colleges.  Did you see the article of an irate customer actually lacing a big box retail store with hundreds of bed bugs?  Turn on your creep alert!

Bed Bugs are searching continually for their number one source of food.  A human host!  They actually feed on your blood.  Again Bed Bugs are not known to spread diseases among humans, just the thought of Bed Bugs feasting nightly on their human hosts is simply disgusting.  For further insight check out WebMD’s article on Bed Bugs.

Many think that Bed Bugs are due to unsanitary conditions.  While partly true, the reality is that Bed Bugs like anywhere they can find a host.  And, they will wait patiently for some time to ‘hitch a ride’ wherever they can. The transmission of Bed Bugs travels the same paths as our clothes, pets, belongings, travels and lodgings.  Where they go, the Bed Bugs follow.

Additionally, their eggs can lay dormant for many months at the right temperature until they begin their infestation.  Each Bed Bug lays one egg a day on average.  Which takes 8-10 days to hatch depending on the surroundings and temperature.  Then it takes five to six weeks to become an adult and the process of laying an egg a day starts all over.  So, once identified, action is of the essence to avoid a total infestation.  Please note that our comments below in Bed Bug FAQs, that the longer they are allowed to multiply, the longer it takes to erradicate their habitat.

Our main Service Areas; Knox, Mason, Fulton and McDonough Counties, has given us an up close and personal view of the varied infestations.  Bed Bug Infestations are significant and seem to be growing in all varied dwellings.  View the Spoon River Pest Control Service Area Here

We are additionally seeing these Beg Bug Invasions in all price ranges of homes.  Due to the nature of the pest, they will ‘hitch-hike’ into a home to find a human host anyway they can.  So, regardless of your home being worth $500,000 or $50,000, Bed Bugs will target you.  Do also take precautions when visiting public places where elbow room is limited.  Bed Bugs love to hitch-a-ride on clothing.

Here are some quick tips courtesy of the University of Minnesota.

Quick facts on Bed Bugs

  • Bed bugs feed on humans and animals and use their blood to grow and reproduce.
  • Bed bugs do not transmit disease to people.
  • Bed bugs live close to where people sleep, rest or sit for long periods of time.
  • Bed bugs are active at night and generally hide during the day.
  • Do not try to treat bed bugs yourself. Contact a pest control service for effective removal of bed bugs.

The Best Possible Advice the University of Minnesota listed was their final bullet.  Do not try to treat Bed Bugs yourself.  Time after time we see individuals that attempt such and only aggravate the problem and increase the level of infestation.  The longer treatment is delayed, the larger the Bed Bug Colony will grow.

Spoon River Pest Controls Professional Technicians are trained to not only identify the dwelling places of your Unwanted Bed Bug Guests, but most importantly develop a cost-effective plan to completely eradicate these pests from your dwelling.

FAQ for Bed Bugs in Central Illinois

Q. How long does it take to eradicate these Bed Bugs from my dwelling?

A. Depending on the size of the structure and level of infestation, it can take several weeks of treatment.  SRPC Estimators are trained in determining such.

Q. Is the cost of extermination as expensive as many say?

A. Probably not. Again, it depends on the size of the area needing treated, the number of treatments needed and most of all, … the size of the infestation of the Bed Bugs.

Q. Do you guarantee your work?

A. As a matter of fact, we do. Once we leave your dwelling, it will be Bed Bug Free.

[To ensure your dwelling remains Bed Bug Free you should identify the source of your invasion and ensure the intrusion does not happen again.  Should it happen again, treatment & subsequent costs will need to start again as soon as possible.]

Q. Where exactly have you found Bed Bugs that can be transmitted to my home?

A. Bed Bugs can be found anywhere you go.  So, be certain to check your surrounding and watch for the little creepy crawly pests.  Especially when traveling or visiting public places where a diversity of people gather.

Spoon River Pest Control has Certified Professionally Trained Technicians to answer any further questions you might have.  Our estimates are always free of charge and we take pride in being your locally owned home-town professional exterminators.  Call us today.  309-647-0101