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Bed Bug Exterminator Houston, TX

Did you wake up with mysterious, itchy red spots on your arms and legs? Those might be bed bug bites.

Bed bugs can easily infest your home and become very hard to get rid of. Thankfully, our specialists at Stampede Pest Control are here to help you exterminate the bed bugs quickly and effectively – guaranteed! 

Dealing with these pests is a huge challenge for many home and business owners.

With their tiny size, great hiding skills, and hitchhiking abilities, a bed bug infestation can be extremely difficult to get rid of.

But when it comes to effective bed bug treatments, you can count on us. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.

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All About Bed Bugs

Bed Bug life cycle:

1st Stage: Eggs

Bed bug eggs are milky white in color, and about the size of a grain. This grain-like appearance makes them difficult to see in light-colored carpets and bedsheets. After around two weeks, these eggs can hatch, and the newly emerged nymphs immediately start to feed. It’s important to note that bed bug eggs are very hard to kill. Often times, when homeowners try to take care of the bed bug problem on their own, they kill the adults only to realize they have a new infestation shortly after because the eggs hatch. 

2nd Stage: Nymphs

Nymphs molt five times before reaching adulthood, and a blood meal is needed for each of those molts. While they look similar to fully grown bed bugs, they are not yet sexually mature and are a bit smaller. At room temperature, they can molt and become adults in about five weeks. 

3rd Stage: Adults

Upon reaching maturity, bed bugs feed more frequently, usually every 5-10 days. They are also ready to breed. 

Common Ways That Bed Bugs Invade Your House

After staying from a hotel

Because bed bugs can hitchhike and travel just about anywhere, it’s not uncommon to find them in hotels and motels. If you stay in a hotel, you can potentially pick up some of the bed bug eggs and bring them home with you. 

Taking in used clothing or furniture

If you’re on a budget, buying used furniture seems like a great idea. But, what if bed bugs are taking shelter in these things? The moment you take home your second-hand purchases, the pests can escape and infest your property. Always make sure to closely inspect any second-hand items before bringing them into your house. 

They can be brought into the house by visitors

You never know if a visitor has bed bugs at home or, if they’ve traveled, it’s possible that they picked them up on the plane or train. 

Bed Bug Infestation Signs

Tiny eggs, eggshells, and light yellow exoskeletons below your furniture or other household items

If you notice bed bug droppings, sticky eggs, empty eggshells, and skins, call a pest control specialist right away. 

Musty smell 

Musty smell in your bedroom? This could be caused by bed bugs’ pheromones. During the early stages of an infestation, the smell may be mild. However, this can worsen as the pests increase in number. 

Presence of bed bug bite marks on your body

Experiencing some form of itchiness and inflammation after sleep? Inspect your entire body the moment you wake up. Do you have marks that look similar to tiny welts? It’s possible that those are bed bug bites. 

Sighting of adult bed bugs

Bed bugs don’t fly, but they can quickly move over floors and ceilings. If the infestation gets more severe, you’ll likely see some of them crawling around. 

Tiny red blood/rust-red colored stains throughout your bed and on your covers

Check household items for brown stains. These stains are bed bug fecal spots usually found on bed sheets and covers. They have an unpleasant odor and may smear when touched.

Bed Bug Bites

Were you bitten by a bed bug, mosquito, or another insect? It’s really hard to tell. You need to look at the bite marks closely. Bed bug bites look like red, small bumps, and usually, there are more than one. Since they move along the skin as they feed, the markings typically end up in lines or clusters. These bites normally itch, but that’s not always the case. We all have different skin types, so symptoms vary from person to person. 

Suspecting a bed bug infestation? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you seen small blood stains on your sheets?
  • Are there black marks that look like ink spots on your mattress?
  • Have you traveled lately?
  • Has someone visited you recently?
  • Have you seen any strange bugs in or around your bed, on the couch? How about on other chairs?

If you answered yes to some of these, call us immediately. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection and help you get rid of pesky bugs right away.

Bed Bug Treatment Options

Conventional Treatment

A conventional treatment plan is an effective solution for treating bed bug-infested furniture. This method requires multiple treatments, usually bi-monthly, to completely eliminate bed bugs. Before treatment begins, areas should be cleared out for easier treatment and inspection. It must also be vacated during and after treatment. 

Conventional treatment methods include the following:

  • Crack & Crevice/Spot Treatment
  • Mattress Encasements
  • Pesticide Dust
  • Pesticide Sprays

Heat Treatment/ Thermal Remediation

Heat treatment is one of the quickest and most effective bed bug treatments available today. Specialized tools are used to heat up the infested area and kill all bed bugs – including their eggs. 

For maximum efficiency, this method is often done in combination with conventional treatments. It’s still great as a standalone bed bug removal treatment, though. What makes it effective? It can kill even pesticide-resistant bugs. Moreover, even their deepest hiding places can heat up, so even if they move quickly, they’ll eventually die. 

Liquid Pesticide Treatment

Liquid pesticides are designed to kill bed bugs upon contact. It contains additives that drive the pests from their hiding areas. Reliable liquid pesticide treatments target the cracks and crevices in every bedroom or the entire home.      

Cryo treatments (aka freezing the bed bugs)

Cryo treatment methods use the extreme cooling properties of carbon dioxide to kill pests like bed bugs. In this process, liquid CO2 turns to dry, cold ice snow, and then freezes pests to death. It leaves no gummy, wet residues. Since it doesn’t involve chemicals, bed bugs can’t develop resistance to this treatment. 

Not sure yet which type of treatment is the best for your bed bug problem? Call our Houston, TX pest control experts today. We can help you assess the situation, and recommend the most appropriate treatment to achieve the best results possible.

FAQs

Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?

Bed bugs are experts at finding the best hiding places. If you’re thinking of going for a DIY pest control solution, think again. While it’s possible to use natural home remedies, direct application is required to completely kill them all. It’s impossible to find them all and especially difficult to kill their eggs. It’s best to call experienced pest control specialists and implement professional solutions. 

Is the bed bug treatment safe for my family and pets?

Yes. Our team at Stampede Pest Control uses quality, safe products. They are all EPA registered for pest control use. All of our professionals are also licensed and certified by the local and state jurisdictions where we provide services. You can feel confident that in addition to using reliable products, we ensure proper, safe application.

How much does the treatment cost?

The cost of bed bug pest control treatments varies depending on the severity of the infestation and size of the infested area. Contact us today. We’ll evaluate your situation, and give you an estimate.

How long does the treatment usually take?

Heat treatment usually takes around 8 to 10 hours, depending on the severity of the infestation. For severe bed bug infestation issues, we arrive early and treat the area efficiently. We work hard to finish the job as quickly as possible. Our clients should be able to come back to their homes by early evening.

What can I do to prevent bed bugs in the future after a treatment?

The presence of bed bugs is hard to prevent, even after treatment. The only way to avoid an infestation is to be very careful of what you bring inside your home, most especially after a vacation. You also want to always inspect your hotel rooms. 

Once you return, check your luggage and personal belongings. To make sure that no bed bugs hitchhiked on your clothes, hot wash them to kill any that you may have picked up.

What can I expect during the inspection?

Our highly-trained technicians will inspect your home, and determine the best course of action for your problem. After the inspection, we’ll present the estimated costs and explain the recommended treatments.  Once you approve those, we’ll immediately implement it. 

Where do bed bugs hide?

Bed bugs can hide in your home’s smallest cracks and crevices. Here’s a list of some of their favorite hiding areas:

  • In curtain folds
  • In between your drawers
  • In electrical outlets and appliances
  • The part where the wall and ceiling join
  • In cracks on your bed frame and headboard
  • Near the seams, tags, and piping of your mattress and box spring
  • In between the seams or cushions of your couches and chairs

Do you provide commercial bed bug services?

Yes, we also offer bed bug inspection and control for businesses in the Houston area. 

Got more questions? Reach out to us today!

Got Bed Bug Problems? Call Us Now!

 

At Stampede Pest Control, we know that bed bugs can’t be treated without professional help. That’s why we’re here to offer quality residential and commercial pest control with 100% customer satisfaction guarantees. For fast, affordable, and guaranteed results, give us a call now for a free, honest quote.