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No one is completely safe from bed bugs regardless of the level of hygiene, type of property, or location. At some point, bed bugs may find their way into your home and start biting you in your sleep. If that’s not creepy, then we don’t know what is. If your property has bed bugs, go for the smart solution: a professional pest control service.

At Phenom Pest Protection, we provide expert service for anyone living in the greater Baltimore area and the surrounding areas of Maryland. As a professional pest control company, we’re masters in eliminating bed bugs quickly and effectively. If you’re seeing signs of bed bugs, reach out to the professionals at Phenom Pest Control today for a free quote.

All About Bed Bugs

The first step to eliminating bed bugs is to properly identify the pest. And when it comes to bed bugs, you want to identify them quickly so you can stop them before the problem gets worse. Fortunately, you never have to stress about bed bugs when you have Phenom Pest Control by your side. Our experts have the right tools, skills, and experience to handle any bed bug problem you’re facing. Keep reading to learn the signs of a bed bug infestation and how we can help or reach out to the experts at Phenom Pest Control now for a free quote today. 

What Are Bed Bugs?

brown bed bug up close biting a persons skin

A bed bug is a small, flat insect that feeds on blood. After feeding, their bodies swell and redden which gives them a similar appearance to an apple seed. Here are the primary characteristics of bed bugs: 

  • Shape – A bed bug has an oval-shaped body that resembles an apple seed.
  • Color – Bed bugs are typically brown, though some have a brownish-red color.
  • Size – On average, a bed bug will be smaller than a quarter-inch long. However, some might be too small to see with the naked eye.
  • Habitat Bed bugs like to hide in the seams of mattresses, in bedframes, the headboard, and places near your bed such as your nightstand. 

How Do Bed Bugs Get Into a Home

close up of a bed bug crawling along a bed

Bed bugs can enter a property through cracks and openings in walls, hitch a ride in on your clothes or pets, enter through used furniture, or their eggs can stick to your clothing during a simple outing at the park. The most common places to come across bed bugs include:

  • Apartments and dorms –Beds and bedding in these facilities are great habitats for bed bugs.
  • Hotels/motels – Hotels experience high traffic, making them prone to infestation. The majority of bed bugs dwell in hotels and motels.
  • Movie theatres – Movie theater seats are to be perfect habitats for bed bugs.
  • Nursing homes and hospitals – Shared medical facilities are highly prone to bed bug infestation.
  • Public transportation Bus stops and railway systems are high traffic areas where a bed bug can be picked up from a seat or a stranger’s clothing.

What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?

Many people think that they might have bed bugs when they are actually experiencing the effects of a flea infestation. You can differentiate them by their appearance and odor. Bed bugs are brown, flat, and oval-shaped. They are about 1/4 inch long and have the appearance of an apple seed. These little guys leave behind a distinctive aroma that resembles old, dirty laundry. If you are experiencing these symptoms or any of the signs below, schedule a visit with Phenom Pest Control right away. 

  • Bed bug bites – Check for any raised or itchy bump on your skin that has a clear center. They may also appear in clusters or lines along your body. 
  • Bed bug droppings – Droppings appear as clusters of tiny, dark spots on mattresses and beds. 
  • Bloodstains on sheets and linen – Bloodstains may appear on your bedding if you accidentally crush one when sleeping. There may also be rust-colored stains on your bedding which are bed bug excrement.
  • Musty odor – Bed bugs release odors called alarm pheromones. When a group of bugs is under stress, you may get an unbearable musty smell.

Where to Check for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs prefer to stay out of sight while remaining close to their food source. This allows them to easily feed when they need to and quickly return to their hiding spot to lay eggs and grow their population. Some of the most common hideouts for bed bugs are: 

  • Bedroom baseboards: Bedroom baseboards are low-traffic areas, making them an excellent habitat for bed bugs.
  • Behind the headboard and in joints of bed frames: These are remote and hard-to-reach areas, which is ideal for bed bugs.
  • In and around nightstands and other furniture: Nightstands have seams, and most home furniture has several spaces that can host bed bugs.
  • Mattress seams and inside the box spring: These are ideal spots because they’re well hidden while being close to their food source. 

Bed Bug Control Solutions

You have several options when it comes to controlling bed bug infestations. However, bed bug eggs are notoriously resilient and difficult to eliminate on your own. This leaves most homeowners with a recurring infestation that eventually leads them to call a pest professional. Save yourself the hassle and reach out to the professionals at Phenom Pest Control today. We can eliminate the problem quickly so you can have peace of mind when you lay your head down at night. 

Clean your linens using hot water

Clean your bedding with hot water and a stiff brush, using a powerful vacuum cleaner to get rid of any hidden eggs. Make sure to bag your bedding in trash bags before carrying it through the house and make sure to throw out the vacuum bag. 

Liquid insecticides

There are a variety of bed bug insecticides on the market. We recommend consulting a professional before resorting to using insecticides yourself. Many of the over-the-counter insecticides you find at the store aren’t long-term solutions to bed bugs and may leave you with a recurring problem. 

Pest control dust

These are great for accessing remote sections such as baseboards and the seams in your bed.

Bed bug-proof mattress encasements

These are great for accessing remote sections such as baseboards and the seams in your bed.

Thermal remediation

This refers to a thorough method that involves using heat to kill pests and is administered by a professional.

Cryogenic treatments 

This involves the use of a machine that freezes bed bugs and their eggs. Like thermal remediation, it doesn’t require any chemicals. 

Phenom Pest Protection’s Bed Bug Treatments

At Phenom Pest Control, we treat the entire area affected area with a safe insecticide that’s proven to quickly exterminate bed bugs of all life stages – including their eggs. During the treatment, we treat all cracks and crevices, seams of mattresses and box springs, inside of the box spring, drawers, nightstands, dressers, couches, loveseats, chairs, baseboards, and any other areas that are identified as bed bug zones. 

Next, we seal up your mattress and box spring to lock bed bugs out. Bed bugs are hard to kill so we recommend at least two treatments to ensure they’re 100% exterminated. Our experts also treat your home with specialized, long-lasting products that ensure the bed bugs don’t come back once they’re gone. 

Got Bed Bugs? We Can Help

It’s hard to sleep peacefully when you have bed bugs – especially when you know about them. You have enough on your plate between your job, family, and friends so let the professionals at Phenom Pest Control handle this one for you. Our expert pest technicians possess the proper tools and knowledge to quickly exterminate bed bugs and help you sleep peacefully again. Reach out to the professionals at Phenom today for a free quote

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