Bed bugs can be active at any time of the year, but Pittsburgh residents become more aware of them during the summer because the heat and humidity make bed bugs more active. You’re more likely to encounter bed bugs in the summertime because you’re more likely to participate in activities that can introduce bed bugs into your home. Generally, bed bugs are carried into your home in something they can hide in such as a piece of luggage or a piece of furniture.
In the summer, you’re likely to take a vacation, possibly at a hotel where bed bugs can sneak into your suitcase and hitch a ride back home. You may visit local yard sales or flea markets, where bed bugs could be hiding in the items you purchase. Your kids might go away to camp, where they could be exposed to bed bugs and bring some home, or you could have houseguests who accidentally bring bed bugs with them.
Signs to Look For
One of the first signs of bed bugs are bites on the sides or the back of someone in your household. Once you realize these aren’t mosquito bites or flea bites, you should look for physical signs of bed bugs.
Bed bugs tend to hide in crevices and small, tight areas, such as in the corners of suitcases or along the edges of a mattress. When bed bugs are present, you may find insect skins, tiny white eggs, and black streaks, which are bed bug feces, on your mattress or in other areas where bed bugs hide.
Unfortunately, DIY treatments of bed bugs are ineffective. You can vacuum and spray all you want, but if you miss an area where bed bugs are present – and it's pretty hard to find every spot where they are hiding – they will continue to reproduce and infest your home. You can waste a lot of time and money fighting bed bugs on your own, or you can enlist the professionals at Witt Pest Management to help you eliminate your bed bug infestation.
We have Effective Options
Witt offers a range of very effective options to eliminate a bed bug infestation in your home or business. Options include:
Heat Treatment: This is a natural, non-toxic method to get rid of bed bugs, using an exclusive heat system that raises the temperature to destroy bed bugs in all their stages.
Integrated Pest Management: We'll inspect your home for signs of an infestation and create a customized plan that treats all the areas where bed bugs hide. We'll also do follow-up visits to make sure the pests are gone.
Eco-sensitive treatment plan: We'll use a non-toxic biopesticide called Aprehend to treat your home for bed bugs. Invented by researchers at Penn State, the treatment kills bed bugs at all stages of life within ten days.
Contact us today to schedule a visit where our trained professionals will help you determine the best treatment for your situation.