Bed Bugs-Pest Library

BED BUGS

Bed Bugs:

    • Usually, come out to feed on human blood at night however in heavy infestations they can feed anytime
    • Found virtually every place people tend to gather, including residents, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores, and public transportation
    • Vary in size depending on life stage; Adults are 1/4 inch long, nymphs range from 1.3mm to 405mm.
    • The shape also varies depending on life stage, sex and how much they have fed

Bed Bugs feed on human blood preferably, however, they will dine on warm-blooded animals. They are not known to transmit diseases, however, their bites can cause extreme red itchy welts in some persons.

So were do Bed Bugs live? They can live anywhere that provides a close contact with human environments. They hide in small cracks and crevices near where they feed. Usually can be found in baseboards, wallpaper, picture frames, and furniture cracks. They can also hide in backpacks, purses, and yes, even your cell phone and laptops.

How do people get Bed Bugs? Bed Bugs are extremely amazing hitchhikers. For example, you could easily transport a single bug on your pant leg from one place to another and before you know it, your house is the new breeding zone.

Do you think you may have Bed Bugs? Please contact McDonald Pest Control to have one of our professionals inspect your home. Early diagnosis is key to successful immediate elimination.

Bed Bugs Life Cycle:

Bed bugs develope from microscopic eggs and begin the 5 lifecycle developmental stages to adulthood. After hatching from an egg, each life stage can only be reached by obtaining a blood meal. This process usually takes between 24 – 36 days when exposed to an environment providing blood meals. Adult bed bugs are easily seen by the naked eye, however, eggs and first stage instars can be difficult to spot as their color is transparent and size is extremely small.

Bed Bug Lifecycle

Who is at risk for getting bed bugs?

Everyone!! Bed bugs are not picky and can thrive in even the cleanest environments. A bed bug problem does not indicate an unclean or cluttered home or business. There are situations that do pose a higher risk of exposure to bed bugs as follows:

      • Purchasing clothing, furniture, and beddings from second-hand stores or garage sales
      • Having guest from out of town as well as you staying in someone elses home
      • Staying in hotels, motels, college dorms, boading schools and camps
      • Persons that travel on busses, planes, taxis, Ubers, etc.

How can I prevent a bed bugs infestation?

There are several steps you can take to minimize your risk of contracting bed bugs in your daily routine.

      • Inspect  second-hand furniture, beddings, and clothing
      • While staying at hotels, motels, never place your luggage on the bed.  Always use the luggage racks
      • During and after traveling, inspect your luggage for signs of bed bugs
      • Use mattress encasements and other early detection devices
      • Clean up the clutter. While bed bugs can live anywhere, they especially like areas where they can thrive uninterrupted.  Stacks of papers piles of boxes and just “stuff” are bed bugs favorite places to hide.
Bed Bugs on Bed Frame
Bed Bug on Skin
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Our Services

Our general pest program includes an initial service treating the interior and exterior of your home, followed by a regularly scheduled maintenance program treating the exterior only. This program provides a continued barrier around your home to prevent pest entry.

Many Pinellas County homes have in-wall pest tubes built in as a form of pest control maintenance. McDonald Pest Control can service any system without having to enter your home. Call today to find out more.

Our German Roach programs are tailored to fit the level of German roach activity. Some cases dealing with an extremely heavy infestation will require multiple services where others may only need a two – three-week application. The price of the service is tailored to fit your needs and your pocket.

Whether you need a one-time treatment or continued flea control service, our programs are tailored to fit your needs. We offer interior & exterior services to treat fleas inside and outside of your home.

Our services range from a single application in cases where needed to regularly scheduled ant control. It is our goal to locate the source of the problem in order to permanently eliminate the ants.

Our Mosquito Control and Maintenance programs have become a lifesaver for so many customers that enjoy their backyards and spending time outdoors. We offer a peak season programs as well as year-round control.

Special Services

Combine any regular pest program with our one of kind rodent baiting station programs.  Your technician will install bait stations and maintain them to control rodent the rodent population on your property. For more about our Rodent programs clear here:Rodent Control

We offer a one-time pest control treatment for those in need of a quick pest application. This is only recommended for anyone who is not dealing with a current pest problem. Call our office to find out more.

McDonald Pest Control offers bee treatment and hive removal. If you have discovered a beehive is nesting on your property, call our office to get help. DO NOT try and remove yourself.

These stinging pest can cause havoc on you and your loved ones. Yellow jackets usually nest in the ground and with the ability to sting repeatedly, you can easily find yourself incapacitated from them. If you believe you have a wasp or yellow jacket nest on your property, call our office immediately to request service. DO NOT try and treat yourself.

Services for spider treatment and control is available on a one-time basis or can be added to any one of our regularly scheduled pest programs. Call our office to find out more.

Bed bugs have made a resurgence throughout the United States.  In Pinellas County alone, we have provided over 10,000 heat treatments and continue to combat these unwanted pests.  McDonald Pest Control can treat any size home or business effectively with virtually minimal downtime.  Call now to get your home inspected and find out more about our bed bug heat treatment today.

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