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St. Louis Bedbug Control

Bedbugs are small, unpleasant, parasitic insects that can wreak havoc in your home. They’re known for being hard to spot, easily transmitted, and difficult to eradicate with DIY methods. For many bedbug infestations, professional pest control is the fastest, easiest, and most thorough solution. 

Though at-home methods may seem promising at first, many soon discover the ineffectiveness of these attempts. Joshua’s Pest Control uses powerful, reliable, modern methods to eliminate these pesky pests. We also include free follow-up services to ensure your peace of mind and make sure your problem is fully solved. 

Signs of Bedbug Infestation 

Are you concerned that your home may have bedbugs? Common signs to watch out for include:

    • Red or rusty bloodstains on mattresses.
    • Black dots and debris in crevices and on surfaces.  
    • Itchy, irritated bites or welts on your skin. 
    • Egg casings on your carpet, mattress, or furniture. 
    • A musty odor produced by the bugs. 

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How to Prevent Bedbugs in St. Louis

Prevention is key when it comes to thwarting bedbugs. Try these tips to help ward off a bedbug invasion.

Inspect Hotel Rooms Thoroughly 

One of the most common ways to unintentionally introduce bedbugs into your home is through travel. Hotels can be hotbeds of bedbug activity, so taking the time to do a quick inspection upon arriving in a new room is the best way to avoid creating an infestation when you return home. 

Begin by placing your luggage in a non-carpeted area such as a table or even in the bathroom tub while you perform your inspection. Grab a flashlight (or use the flash on your cell phone) to look along the edges of carpeted floors, around outlets, and behind headboards. Pull back the sheets on the bed and look around the mattress seams for signs of bedbugs, typically small dark spots that are either the bedbugs themselves, dried blood, or bedbug excrement. 

If you do happen to find signs of bedbug activity, request a different room immediately. 

Use Mattress Covers

Sealing your mattress at home with a cover specifically designed to prevent bedbugs can be a great preventative way to guard your bed from these parasites. They’re usually available at your local department store and come in a variety of sizes to snugly fit your mattress.

Quarantine Potential Bedbug-infested Items

If you bring home clothes that you suspect may harbor bedbugs, store the items in sealable plastic bags to starve the pests. Bedbugs can live for 5 months between blood meals, so you’ll need to keep the items stored for at least that long. 

Alternatively, you can use hot or cold treatments to get rid of the bedbugs. Either place the bagged clothes in a freezer at 0° Fahrenheit for 4 days or wash the non-bagged clothes in 120° water for at least 30 minutes. 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Bedbug populations can quickly increase because of the prolific nature of these pests. One female bedbug can lay between 1 to 7 eggs in a day and approximately 250 eggs in her lifetime. Coupled with the bug’s short life cycle, bedbug populations can grow significantly within a short time.

These insects’ ability to hide in cracks and crevices and go unseen for long time periods also give these parasitic bugs more time to reproduce and grow.

Finally, there is minimal public awareness surrounding the nature of bedbugs. By the time many homeowners seek professional intervention, the infestation rate has reached critical mass and is much harder to control.

Bedbugs are a year-round problem, particularly during times when people travel more. In the spring, bedbug populations increase due to the upswing in vacations during Easter and spring breaks from school. In summer, bedbug infestations increase because of different holiday travels locally and internationally. Even when traveling during winter, it’s possible to accidentally bring bedbugs back home with you.

Regardless of the month, it’s best to always be on the lookout for these pests and be cautious when traveling or bringing new furniture and decor into your house.

We Can Remove Bedbugs from Your St. Louis Home or Business!

Bedbugs are not only a nuisance, but they’re also challenging to control. Our skilled, experienced field experts can help you get rid of bedbugs so you can regain your peace of mind and reclaim your home once again. 

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