Charlotte Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs have become a growing problem throughout the United States and worldwide the last few years, and our area is no exception. We have seen a large increase in the number of Charlotte bed bug infestations recently. Many factors have contributed to the increasing number of bed bug cases, including greater domestic and international travel, bed bugs’ resistance to certain chemicals, decreased use of certain chemicals for environmental reasons, as well as the basic difficulty of containing bed bug infestations. Our Carolina Pest Technicians are prepared with the best bed bug control treatments to protect your Carolina home.

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How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation

Like most pest infestations, you will probably spot signs of bed bugs, before you find an insect. Some of the most common signs of bed bugs are little brown or red stains on your bed sheet, mattress, or pajamas, and little red bites on skin. Examine the seams of your mattress, and look near the cracks and edges of furniture for bed bugs, or bed bug eggs.

Bed bugs are small oval-shaped reddish-brown insects approximately 6 to 9 mm long. Bed bug eggs are white and oval shaped, about 1mm long. Bed bugs are nocturnal, and hide during the day in cracks or crevices.

Common places bed bugs hide:
  • Mattresses
  • Headboards
  • Baseboards
  • Behind Wallpaper
  • Under Carpets
  • Household Furniture

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Our Charlotte Bed Bug Inspection Process

Since bed bugs can be difficult to find, it is important to call a professional pest control specialist if you find any signs of bed bugs. When you schedule a bed bug inspection with Carolina Pest, one of our trained technicians will come out to perform a full bed bug inspection inside your home. Our trained technician will examine your entire home, and will search for bed bugs in furniture, carpeting, linens, and any cracks. If your Carolina Pest Control Technician finds any signs of live bed bugs, dead bed bugs, bed bug eggs, or signs of bed bugs such as small blood or fecal stains, they will recommend a treatment plan appropriate for your house.


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Our Green Bed Bug Control Treatment

There are a few different methods to treat bed bugs. Depending on the size of the infestation, the size of the home, and your personal preferences, different options may be used. Bed bug treatments are very intensive and can take several hours to complete due to the habits of this insect. Immediately following the bedbug treatment, a minimum 4-hour vacancy period will be enforced. In most cases, after the treatment you do not need to discard your mattress or other furniture.


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Preventive Bed Bug Maintenance

If you travel often and think you may be prone to bed bug infestations, call Carolina Pest to schedule regular bed bug inspections. There are some ways you can guard yourself while traveling to make sure you don’t become a victim of bed bugs such as:

  • Check all bedsheets, comforters, mattresses, and bed skirts for any small blood stains
  • Inspect the headboard, nightstand, and bedframe for any signs of bed bugs
  • Store your luggage in plastic bags, on a luggage rack
  • Carefully check your luggage again before packing to return home

Though traveling is the most common way to become a target for bed bugs, there are other ways you can unknowingly transmit bed bugs to your home. It is easy to take some preventative measures reduce your risk of a bed bug infestation such as:

  • Investing in mattress and box frame plastic covers
  • Wash all bed sheets, comforters, and pillow cases with hot water
  • Closely inspect any furniture, luggage, throw rugs, and pillows before buying

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get bed bugs?

A common misconception is that bed bugs are found in dirty places. Unfortunately, bed bugs are not so easy to keep away just by cleaning. Even the cleanest 5 star resort can find itself infested with bed bugs. Bed bugs are most often spread when traveling, but they can also hide in many public places like movie theaters, public transportation and offices. These insects are transmitted by hiding in luggage, bags, purses, or even clothes, and making their way into your home. Bed bugs can live without a meal for up to two months. Once they are in your house, they can will navigate to a place where they can eat, such as a mattress or couch and lay eggs.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Although a nuisance, bed bugs have not been shown to transmit disease. They do not bore into the skin, but rather insert their mouthparts into the host’s skin and suck out the blood. This can produce an allergic reaction for some people, which may cause swelling, itching, and irritation. Though they are not considered to be dangerous, you should get any bed bug infestation professionally treated right away.

How do I know if I’ve been bitten by a bed bug?

Unless you find bed bugs, it is difficult to tell if you have been bitten from a bed bug. Bed bug bites look very similar to a mosquito bite or a flea bite. The bite mark will swell a little and may become red. While some people will not develop any signs of a bite, some will find a bed bug bite itchy or irritating, and others may have allergic side effects where the bite will become much more swollen, and could even be painful.

Can I get rid of Charlotte bed bugs myself?

There are a few different popular bed bug DIY treatments such as bed bug bombs and fumigators. These at home bed bug remedies are not very effective. Instead of treating the problems, these aerosol solutions only kill the bed bugs exposed to the fumes. Since bed bugs typically hide within furniture, under carpet, or behind wallpaper, the fumes don’t reach the insects. Overall, these kinds of DIY bed bug just delay the process of hiring a professional pest control service, allowing the infestation to grow.


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