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Don't Let Bed Bugs Ruin Your Snowbird Winter in Florida

November 19, 2019

Bed bugs are a nasty pest that can be difficult to get rid of. Take heed of these tips about how to identify an infestation and what to do about it.

Not all pests go away during the Florida winter. Some find places indoors to keep pestering homes and businesses. Bed bugs are a real nuisance and hard to get rid of once they invade living spaces. If you're a snowbird hoping to escape the winter pests, Nozzle Nolen has a few reasons why you need to pay careful attention to bed bug infestations in the Sunshine State.

How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation

These pests have distinctive oval-shaped bodies. They only measure about a quarter of an inch in length and appear rusty-red or reddish-brown; the nymphs are cream or semi-transparent in color. Even if only a few bugs have invaded your space, it won't take long before they quickly take over the entire living area.

3 Main Problems With Bed Bugs

They breed rapidly.

It only takes about seven weeks for the eggs to transform to adults. If there are several adults present, you're looking at a full-blown infestation in less than two months. If you're unaware of the problem, it will only take four months for the bugs to spread throughout your entire home. Acting quickly can prevent a major infestation.

They spread quickly.

Once the bugs have multiplied, they will quickly scurry to other places in your home or business. They seek places like mattresses, baseboards, pictures, and doorframes to hide out of sight. They'll even hitchhike on your clothing and luggage and come home with you if you've visited an infested hotel.

They're hard to control.

Cockroach and bed bug infestations have a lot in common: They're both resistant to certain chemical treatments. That's why we fight these infestations with heat up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the bugs are exposed to this temperature, their exoskeletons fall apart, resulting in the bugs' death.

Fighting Bed Bugs During a Florida Winter

It doesn't take long to get a bed infestation once a few bugs get inside your home or business. Don't let your Florida home become infested by nasty bugs this winter. These pests are quite resilient and require professional treatments to eliminate the bugs once and for all. Our pest control professionals know how to spot the signs of an infestation and use the appropriate heat treatments to eliminate the bugs and to keep them out of your living spaces for good.


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