How To Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Alexandria Home

December 15, 2022 - Bed Bugs

bed bug infestation

Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that exclusively feed on the blood of humans or animals. Although not a direct human health risk, those struggling with bed bug infestations are (understandably) known to have substantial anxiety and difficulty sleeping.

How big are bed bugs? Bed bugs typically range in length from 1/5 to 1/3 of an inch.  

How do you get rid of bed bugs? Do-it-yourself bed bug control products are generally insufficient against moderate to large infestations. Bed bugs will retreat in hard-to-reach places and usually demonstrate resiliency that requires assistance from a professional. A local Alexandria pest control professional knows how to eliminate bed bugs and will explain the best ways how to stop bed bugs from returning.

How To Identify A Bed Bug Infestation  

Are you wondering how to know if you have bed bugs? Those bitten by bed bugs often notice small, red, and itchy bite marks on the skin. Bedding materials often will have small blood stains or dark smears from their excrement. As the infestation expands, a musty odor often becomes detectable. 

Why Bed Bugs Like To Bite Sleeping People 

Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures that avoid light and have sensory abilities that detect the heat and carbon dioxide that humans emit. Sleeping humans represent a stationary target that serves as a preferred food source.  

All The Ways Bed Bugs Can Hitch A Ride Into Your Home 

Unlike many of the other types of pests that plague residents in Alexandria, bed bugs will rarely transition from a natural, outdoor environment and invade homes. The most common ways that bed bugs enter homes include:  

  • Bed bugs often climb into piles of clothes or the suitcases of travelers staying in hotels who then unknowingly bring them home. 
  • Those who acquire second-hand mattresses, appliances, or upholstered furniture might inadvertently bring in bed bugs. 
  • Shoppers might encounter bed bugs in clothing or when using dressing (fitting) rooms.  

There is a misconception that bed bugs are largely prevalent in homes where residents have very shoddy cleaning habits; however, bed bugs are found regardless of cleanliness—particularly in environments where humans sleep. That's why bed bug pest control in Alexandria is important. 

The Best Way To Completely Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home 

The seasoned group of local specialists with Matar Termite & Pest Control adheres to a proven process that creates results for property owners in Alexandria who experience significant problems with bed bugs. We begin by performing an exhaustive inspection of the property, particularly in areas adjacent to bedrooms where these pests will likely hide. Our professionals will look behind bedroom furniture, below floorboards, and in many other hard-to-reach areas with or without assistance from a professionally trained K9.  

Conducting a detailed inspection allows our experts to accurately assess the nature and scope of the infestation, which is a critical aspect of choosing the proper solution. For example, our technician may choose treatment using heat, steam, or other alternatives to harsh chemicals. Our heat treatment process can elevate and maintain an indoor temperature that exceeds 130 degrees.  

Since 1991, the family-owned team with Matar Termite & Pest Control has solved pest-related concerns for residential and commercial customers in Alexandria. We understand the importance of operating in a way that protects the health and safety of our clients, their pets, and the local ecosystem. Our eco-friendly approach uses only products with approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.). We adopt new treatment options recommended by the National Pest Management Association (N.P.M.A.) and other leading industry educators and advocates as well.  

We encourage those struggling with bed bugs, termites, mosquitoes, and other undesirable pests to contact us for a consultation. Be sure to ask about our comprehensive monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly property protection plans.