Sacramento Bed Bug Extermination

“Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” may be a line from a nursery rhyme, but it’s also sound advice. Bed bugs area sneaky little villains, out for blood, literally. Bed bugs live exclusively off the blood of humans and animals, feeding at night. They are also cunning insects. To keep you from waking while they feed, bed bugs inject a numbing agent and to keep the blood flowing, an anti-coagulant.

Although bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, their bites can cause an allergic reaction and lead to secondary infections. A bed bug bite is similar to that of a flea or mosquito, often leaving an itchy red bump on the skin. Enough of these bites, and you could spend many nights miserable and itchy. Constant scratching, kids excel at this, can lead to bacterial infections.

What do bed bug bites look like?

If that isn’t enough, do we really want to share our bed with six-legged parasites? If you’re not sure if your bites are from bed bugs, look for these other signs:

  • Rust colored spots on your bedding or furniture from the parasite’s fecal matter.
  • Exoskeletons. These are shell like coverings shed after the bed bugs grow and molt.
  • Sweet musty odor.
  • Bites in a generally straight pattern. These can be anywhere on the body.

  • Their small, flat bodies make bed bugs experts at hiding. Getting rid of your mattress and box springs won’t necessarily get rid of the bed bugs. They can hide in the smallest crevices in furniture, suitcases, boxes, clothing, carpet, etc. After filling up on blood, bed bugs can go weeks in hiding without another meal.

    A thorough cleaning is a good start. Wash bedding and clothing in hot water and dry on high heat. Vacuum cracks and crevices where bed bugs could be hiding. Next, get professional help. I said cleaning was a good start, but you’ll need a professional exterminator to completely eradicate the bed bugs. It is virtually impossible to find and clean all of the hiding places. And our warm Sacramento climate is idea for bed bugs.

    Leave the bedbug exterminating to the professionals

    You’ll need an insecticide, and this is one area I would not recommend as a do-it-yourself project. Insecticides, if applied improperly, can be hazardous, specifically to children and pets. Call a professional exterminator who knows how to handle insecticides, where to apply them, and can give you advice and follow-up if necessary.