Columbus Bed Bug Experts
Bed bug infestations are a growing problem in Ohio. These pests hide in beds, couches, carpets, and more, transfer easily from one location to another, and their numbers grow by the day. Their bites can cause skin irritation, including itching and inflammation, making them an unwanted nuisance. Champion Pest & Termite Control can help you get rid of bed bugs and prevent future pests from making your home their home. We’ll perform a thorough inspection, then discuss your best treatment options for bed bug removal and prevention. Our exterminators are state-licensed and have a combined 30 years of experience, so you can expect professional service and a job well done.
Bed Bug Facts
According to the National Pest Management Association, one out of every five Americans has either a bed bug infestation in their home or know someone who battled them at home or in a hotel. All 50 U.S. states are currently battling the growing bedbug epidemic. In a 2015 nationwide survey, three Ohio cities have ranked in the top 12 of 50 bed bug-infested cities in the country, with Columbus ranking at number 5.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are wingless insects that feed off of the blood of humans and other mammals. They are rusty brown colored bugs, approximately 1/4 inch in length and flattened oval shape. Bed bugs are found in many common places and are becoming more frequent in shared living spaces such as hotels, fabric and are easily carried from location to location. A female bed bug lays an average of five eggs per day, quickly turning a single bug into an infestation.
Where Do They Come From?
Bed bugs have been around for more than 3,000 years! They originally hitchhiked into the United States with the colonists. They were nearly destroyed with the invention of modern treatment methods as well as technology such as washing machines and vacuum cleaners.
Our bed bug extermination experts work hard to identify and treat your bed bug problem.
Inspection and Detection
Our services begin with a thorough inspection of your Columbus Ohio residential or commercial property. During inspections, we use multiple tactics to find where bed bugs are hiding. Since infestations can spread quickly, it’s important to identify all areas that have bed bugs.
Once we have located the bed bugs, we will share our findings with you and explain the details of your pest problem. We’ll make treatment recommendations on how to get rid of the bed bugs as well as prevent new ones from showing up, and formulate a treatment plan.
With a bed bug treatment plan in place, our licensed exterminators will address the affected areas of your Ohio home. While heat treatment is common, the specific bed bug extermination services to be used will depend on where the bedbugs are located and the severity of the infestation.
Why Choose Champion Pest & Termite Control
Our company is locally owned and operated in Columbus Ohio. We pride ourselves on offering quality service and personalized treatments at affordable prices – your satisfaction is our priority. All inspections and services are performed by state-licensed technicians, so you can trust the job is done right. We treat a variety of pest infestations to help you feel comfortable in your home.
Contact us today for a free estimate.
How Do I Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are “hitchhikers”. They hide in furniture, in cracks and crevices, or on fabrics and travel from place to place by riding on a carrier. Bed bugs are not a sign of uncleanliness and can be found in many homes, hotels, and apartments. They do not only dwell in beds. They can be found almost anywhere, including couches, carpet, baseboards, cabinets, behind electrical plates…anywhere that they can hide! They move by attaching to the clothes or shoes of a carrier, through air vents or pipes, or even through a vacuum cleaner that may have swept them up and moved them to a different room.
What Damage Can Bed Bugs Cause?
Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures, feeding while the human is asleep. Although the bite is painless, bed bugs inject salivary fluid into the skin that may cause irritation to the human skin, including welts, inflammation, and itching. Additionally, the emotional and mental toll of experiencing a bed bug infestation can be severe and should not be taken lightly. In the NPMA’s Bugs Without Borders survey, professional pest management company respondents reported that 99% of their clients who have noted bed bug symptoms were “upset and concerned.”
How Can I Prevent Bed Bugs?
There’s no true way to prevent getting bed bugs. But there are some good habits you can form to decrease your chances of bringing them home.
- Inspect hotel beds by removing bedding and looking for signs of bugs or bloodstains.
- Avoid used furniture or clothing.
- Use mattress and box spring covers to prevent the female bed bugs from laying eggs in places such as mattress seams and crevices in box springs.
- Inspect clothing and shopping bags from retail stores carefully before bringing them into your home.
- Vacuum suitcases thoroughly when returning from vacation locations.
What Do I Do If I Get Bed Bugs?
Stop! Contact Champion Pest & Termite Control immediately! Bed bugs can only be effectively treated by a professional. A state licensed pest control professional will complete a thorough inspection of the infested area and create a comprehensive treatment plan to help manage bed bugs in infested areas and minimize the spread of them to neighboring rooms.
Bed Bug FAQ's
What is the main cause of bed bugs?
The main cause of bed bugs is travel! Bed bugs will hitch a ride on travelers without them knowing, which can cause an infestation in other properties. They travel via things like people, clothing, luggage, or other personal belongings.
Should I throw out my mattress if I have bed bugs?
No! If you move any furniture that has bed bugs on it, you may spread them further. Instead, consult an expert and get a full assessment of the situation. They can then recommend a full game plan for removing them.
How long does it take to get rid of bed bugs after extermination?
It depends on the state of your infestation. Normally, it will take about a week. Even though the bed bugs have been exterminated, the eggs still have to hatch if they laid any. Once the eggs hatch, and they come into contact with the pesticide, they will also be exterminated.
How do you know bed bugs are gone?
If it has been three weeks since your professional treatment, and there are no signs of bed bugs (bites, live bugs, new fecal matter etc.) then it is safe to say that your bed bug infestation is gone. Trusting the experts will give you the peace-of-mind you deserve.