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Bed Bug Awareness Week

June 6, 2017

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June 4th-10th is Bed Bug Awareness Week, and there is no better time to think about bed bugs and bed bug prevention than right now! These pesky bed bugs can grow in number quickly and become quite a nuisance. Bed bugs can be found in every state in the United States, and there is a prominent population of them in Florida where they are active all year long.

Now that the traveling season is underway, there is an even higher risk of taking these tiny little pests home with you from your vacation. Even the most sanitary homes and businesses could be inadvertently hiding bed bugs in their bed frames, mattresses, linens, and fabric seating as well as behind picture frames and in baseboards. You can be exposed to bed bugs while you are visiting public places like theaters, hotels, and public housing or while using public transportation. They like to wander onto items like shoes, clothing, bags, luggage, and other items that people carry around with them on vacation. Then they travel with you and can make it all the way to your own humble abode. Once they have entered your home, they can reproduce fairly rapidly; and before you know it, you have an infestation of bed bugs to deal with.

Bed bugs feed mostly on human blood, and since they are nocturnal they prefer to feed at night while people are sleeping. There is no health concern regarding the bite from a bed bug except that some people can have a reaction that creates small, itchy, red welts.

The adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long, reddish-brown, oval, and flat. If you look very closely you may be able to find bed bugs around your bed, in the seams of mattresses, or in the creases of linens. Other signs of an infestation include finding their shed exoskeletons and brown feces stains as well as tiny blood dots on bed sheets and linens.

If you suspect you have a few bed bugs or already are experiencing a full blown bed bug infestation, you need a professional pest control service to give you a helping hand right away. If you live in South Florida, you can rely on the experts here at Nozzle Nolen. We can evaluate your home or business and use highly effective heat treatments to rid your property of all bed bugs – adults, nymphs, and eggs. We can also perform structural fumigation and conventional treatments as well. Whatever your situation, we can develop a plan just for you.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite tonight in your South Florida home or business. Instead, give the bed bug experts here at Nozzle Nolen a call today.


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