Bed Bugs In Santa Clarita Homes: How They Get In And How To Keep Them Out

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When we experience an individual or situation resulting in a poor outcome, it leaves a bad memory. We do everything possible to erase any reminders of the past because reliving it is too painful. In the same way, no one has a good experience with bed bugs inside the house, and we want to do everything possible to eradicate them quickly.

If you believe bed bugs are roaming throughout your bedroom while you sleep and enjoying blood meals from your body, you need pest control in Santa Clarita from Excel Pest. Our experienced pest management professionals have over a quarter century of combined pest control experience. You will receive personal service, a custom pest control experience, and a value-driven approach to solving your bed bug problem from us.

Examining Your Home: Where To Look For Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are active at night and hide during the day. Although they are stealthy creatures, if you see these bed bug signs, you will know they are in your house:

  • Bites
  • Stains
  • Odor
  • Skins
  • Eggs
  • Eggshells
  • Bed bugs

When bed bugs feed on your body, they leave a cluster or line of itchy wounds from inserting their proboscis into your skin. While feeding, bed bugs defecate a mixture of old blood and waste, causing stains on bed linens. You will also find these reddish-brown stains on walls, in mattress folds, and in box springs.

Male bed bugs produce a pheromone to attract females to mate, creating a musty smell when the infestation is large and confined. Since bed bugs are insects, their skeleton is on the outside (exoskeleton). As it progresses through its five growth stages, a bed bug must shed (molt) its skin to allow its body to expand. The cream-colored skins from early growth phases are difficult to detect without a magnifying glass, but later ones are visible to the naked eye.

Female bed bugs deposit eggs in cracks between walls and baseboards, underneath furniture, and in mattress creases. Finding the 1/32-inch eggs requires a magnifying glass, but after five days, they develop a black spot, making finding them a little easier. After seven to 10 days, the eggs hatch (in ideal conditions), and the emerging larvae leave cream-colored eggshells behind as they forage for blood meals.

The presence of 1/4-inch reddish-brown or mahogany bed bugs is the ultimate sign. If unfed, they will have a flat, oval body, whereas fed bed bugs have a swollen, elongated body.

Get bed bug pest control near you from Excel Pest when you see these bed bug signs in your Santa Clarita home.

Bed Bug Problems: They Aren't Just Going To Go Away

When a fertilized bed bug enters a home, it is only a short time before you have a bed bug infestation. A female bed bug produces one to five eggs daily after a blood meal for up to ten days before requiring another meal for egg production. A single bed bug may create over 500 offspring during its short lifetime. Once an infestation begins, the population will double about every 16 days.

When bed bugs enter your home, you need the best bed bug pest control near you, Excel Pest. We will end the infestation before it grows exponentially larger.

Little Hitchhikers: How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Inside

Bed bugs enter homes by riding on clothing, furniture, and baggage. Public venues (theatres, restaurants, motels, and hotels) and public buses, cabs, trains, and planes serve as bed bug hubs. While visiting or using these services, bed bugs hiding in upholstery cracks, mattress seams, headboards, or other locations crawl onto their future hosts, who carry them back to their houses. Once they safely arrive at their new home, they find hiding spots, produce offspring, and feed on people inside the house.

When an Excel Pest technician inspects your home for bed bug removal, we can provide tips and tricks to prevent a re-infestation after we resolve the problem.

Professional Bed Bug Control: Call In The Experts Right Away

Bed bugs are elusive, fast-reproducing creatures resistant to many non-professional treatments. We will inspect your house visually, and if we feel we need additional help, we will use our trained K-9 inspection dogs. We offer three effective bed bug control techniques for your home: heat, fumigation, and chemical. When our trained technician examines your property, we recommend the best method based on the severity and type of bed bug infestation in your house.

Contact Excel Pest today to learn more about our bed bugs services and schedule your free inspection.