Pest Control: Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug Control

Once upon a time, bed bugs were only mentioned during that famous children’s nursery rhyme. In fact, many people thought they were fictitious – until these pesky little creatures started invading homes, hotels and hospitals.  

Bed Bugs

The problem with bed bugs

 

Bed bugs are ancient but hardy creatures. They’ve adapted to human environments and now travel the globe, hiding in suitcases, clinging to clothing and hopping on furniture as it’s moved from place to place. They love cracks and crevices and can be found in mattress seams and tufts, sheets, blankets and pillows and behind baseboards, switch plates and picture frames.

 

Although bed bugs really do bite, it’s usually not painful. Their bites, which don’t transmit any diseases we know of, can leave itchy welts on the skin. People who are allergic to bed bug saliva may have more serious bouts of itching. Since they feed on blood, bed bugs make a mess, leaving dark red blood stains and brown fecal stains on mattresses, linens and even walls. They also give off a distinctively sweet, musty and unpleasant odor.

Inspection and Identification

Bed bugs have flat, oval shaped, wingless bodies ranging from the size of a poppy seed to a quarter inch long. They’re brown in color until after a meal, when the blood they ingest turns them dark red. Because they’re so flat, they can hide in unusual places (even behind the wallpaper), making them difficult to detect.

 

At home, bed bug infestation usually starts – you guessed it – in and around the bed. They may venture out to the headboard and side tables. They typically come out at night to feed but during the day, they stay within a five-foot radius of the bed.

Clark's Solution

If you suspect bed bugs, you’ll most likely need professional pest control treatment to get rid of them. Not only are bed bugs hard to get rid of, they multiply quickly so the sooner you take action, the better. A Clark’s technician will do a free inspection and recommend a plan of attack to get rid of bed bugs now and prevent them from hatching in the future.

 

In the meantime, there are steps you can take to help keep bed bugs at bay.

 

  • Get rid of household clutter, which makes it easier to spot pests.
  • Wash and dry bed linens often and use the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
  • Closely inspect secondhand furniture and other items that could be carrying bed bugs before bringing them into your home.
  • Look under mattresses and on your bed frames, headboards and other bedroom furniture for signs of bed bugs.
  • When you travel, keep your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and walls.
  • Inspect your luggage carefully when you pack and after you return home. Keep it off the bed and store it in a closet away from your bedroom.
  • As soon as you get home from a trip, put the clothing that was in your luggage in the dryer on the highest setting for at least 15 minutes.
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Best of 2012 Readers' Choice Award

 

Clark's Termite & Pest Control was voted Best Pest Control Company in South Carolina for 2012. The Readers' Choice Best Of 2012 is a sampling based on the responses of the readers of The State. The results of their voting appear in a special section.

 

From The State Media Company I would like to say Thank You to our readers in South Carolina. Thank you to the many readers who took the time to vote for their favorite businesses. Thank you to the many online users who went online to vote. Thank you to the businesses that anxiously wait for this publication every year. Thank you to the person who voted for "Turkey and Ham on rye with mustard and pickles" for the Best Deli. You all make The Reader's Choice a success year after year.

 

Ashleigh Anderson McAlister
The State Media Company

Our 50th Anniversary!

 

Clark's Termite & Pest Control is proud to announce our 50th Anniversary! For the past 50 years Clark's Termite & Pest Control has answered our customer’s call to exterminate termites and other annoying pests. Termites are unwelcome little insects and live to inflict damage. We’re zealous when it comes to eliminating termites and other pests.

 

In 1963 Clark's Termite & Pest Control opened our doors. We wholeheartedly thank you for letting us take care of your termite and pests problems. We’re happy to be your faithful solution and will continue to provide superb customer service.