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Bed Bugs, Termites, and Rodents, Oh My!: A Pest Control Guide

Published May 7th, 2021 by Vision Pest Control

Whether you're experiencing rodents, termites, or bed bugs in Studio, California, these are all pests that you don't want to ignore. Why? Bed bugs can live for up to 1 year without feeding!

You might wonder what to do to keep creepy crawlies out of your home. While it might seem overwhelming, there's hope.

This article will be your pest control guide. Read on to explore how to say goodbye to rodents, termites, and bed bugs today!

Removing Bed Bugs

While you might be tempted to try out different bed bug heat treatments, your best course of action is to hire a pest control professional in Sherman Oaks. Keep in mind that one female bed bug is capable of producing 500 eggs in her lifetime. 

If you have clutter, it'll be harder to remove bed bugs. Avoid bringing bed bugs home with you from your luggage. 

Before you begin removing your bed bug infestation, make sure that it's bed bugs you're experiencing. Search for bed bugs in the seams of couches or mattresses. They can also hide inside curtains in your San Fernando home. 

Other places you can find them: 

  • Seams of ceilings or wallpapers
  • Furniture joints
  • Baseboards
  • Cracks in headboards or bedframes
  • Under paintings

Use a magnifying glass or flashlight to locate them. They have reddish-colored bodies and are about 1/4 inch long. 

You can find bed bug droppings which are small dark spots. Look for reddish stains on your mattress. Egg shells, yellowish skins, and pale yellow eggs might be found as well. 

Containing Bed Bugs

In order to contain the manifestation, use a vacuum to stop them in their tracks. Run it over any potential hiding locations. 

Seal the bed bugs into a plastic bag and dispose of them. Clean out the vacuum when you're done. 

Place all of your clothes and linens into plastic bags until you can wash them. Use the highest setting on your washer and dryer. If there's furniture you can't clean, throw it away. 

Next, seal up any loose wallpaper or open areas. Caulk any cracks in the baseboards or furniture. If you still have bed bugs, then you'll want to call your local exterminator in Burbank. 

Why Heat Treatment? 

Heat treatment is what a pest control professional will use. This is where they raise the temperature within your home, and the bed bugs and their eggs die in less than 2 hours. 

The professional will place thermometers throughout your home to ensure that it reaches the correct temperature. It'll take about 6-8 hours depending on the area and amount of bed bugs. 

Prevent Bed Bugs

When you bring used furniture into your home, you're increasing the likelihood of bed bugs. This can include other used items as well. 

Don't go into the home of someone who you know that has bed bugs. Don't place your bag or purse down in someone's home, at work, or in public. Instead, choose a metal wire to hang it from, or leave it in your car. 

After you travel, leave diaper bags, cribs, purses, and luggage outside. Wash and dry all linens and clothes.

Put your suitcase into a plastic bag and place it in the sun for a couple of days. It's a good idea to keep your suitcase sealed until you use it again. If you suspect bed bugs, contact your Pasadena or Sherman Oaks pest professional. 

Controlling Termites

First, you'll need to identify if you're experiencing termites. They rarely leave their food source or come up from the soil. Many don't realize that they have termites until they see swarms. 

Termites, not to be confused with ants, have wings that are about equal in length. Their antennae might droop and are straight. 

Treatment Options

You can choose from chemical and non-chemical options. Many are choosing termite baits to stop termites in their tracks. 

Different chemical treatments include wood, termite baits, building materials, liquid soil-applied termiticides, etc. Non-chemical options are physical barriers that are placed during construction. 

For physical barriers, you can look into sand or steel mesh. Biological control agents are another option as well. 

Removing Rodents

Rats are another problem you might have in your home that you don't realize until there's an infestation. Once there's a large infestation, it's hard to remove them. 

They can carry diseases, cause damage, and contaminate your food. One way to remove rats is to use bait stations. 

They either have a paste or block form of rodenticide within a device. It lures the rodent into the station. Once it eats the solution, it dies. 

Live traps are another option. Rodents can get in, but can't leave. This is because the mechanism snaps to the other side when the rat enters it. After this, the rat can be released or humanely killed. 

Plastic traps are another option as well. Choose a larger trap that says rat control.

Smaller traps aren't the best for holding or killing rats. It can instead injure the rodent inhumanely. 

Treating Bed Bugs, Termites, and Rodents

Now that you've explored this guide on treating bed bugs, termites, and rodents, you should have a better idea of what to expect. Do you suspect that you might have pests in your home? Or, do you want to prevent future pests from occurring? 

Don't delay! Contact us today, and we'll come up with an action plan that meets your needs. Then you can say goodbye to your pest problem in no time!

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