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How to Identify Bed Bugs and Get Rid of Them

It’s been said that a person’s home is their castle. If that’s true, then that makes a person’s bedroom something like an inner sanctum. It’s the most personal and private part of a house, a place where people can let their hair down, snuggle up under a warm blanket, and get some much-needed rest.

Unfortunately, there is a common problem that every castle must deal with at some point or another: invaders! The worst invaders of all are the ones people can’t keep out because they’re already inside. They’re small and sneaky and come after people while they’re sleeping.

Of course, we’re talking about bed bugs.

Thankfully, if you’re a pest management professional (PMP), you can confidently tell your customers that they don’t have to be unarmed when it comes to taking on these insect intruders.

With a careful eye, you can identify the warning signs of infestation and, with a reliable bed bug treatment such as Aprehend®, you’ll be able to eject your customers’ unwanted guests and restore sanctity to their homes once again.

The Warning Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

Although bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye, their propensity to hide in tiny cracks and crevices, and the fact that they’re active mostly at night, makes it easy for them to escape notice early on. Eventually, though, they make their presence known when people wake up to find their skin dotted with itchy bites, blisters, and rashes.

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While these things can all be warning signs of bed bug infestation, they may also be caused by other factors: mosquitos, allergies, etc., so it’s really important to confirm bed bug suspicions with a thorough inspection of the home.

PMPs usually tell their customers to look for dark red or brown spots on sheets, pillows, or mattresses, as these are often a telltale clue that there’s a family of miniature Draculas feeding on their blood at night.

The common wisdom also suggests watching out for small brown or black clusters of bed bug excrement, tiny egg fragments, and flaky, yellow remnants of shed skin. Last but not least, bed bugs tend to leave behind an unpleasant, musty odor. PMPs usually have their customers pay attention to what they can smell as well as what they can see.

The Best Methods for Eliminating Bed Bugs

The most effective way for people to protect themselves from bed bugs is to stop them from ever entering the home in the first place. That means checking any used furniture that is brought into the home or apartment and checking luggage carefully when returning from overnight trips.

These are all helpful things that can prevent bed bugs from entering a living space, but the situation is entirely different if bed bugs are already present.

If that’s the case, what is really needed is an effective bed bug home treatment such as Aprehend®. Our product has been PMPs’ best friend for years now, and it’s easy to see why.

Aprehend® is designed so that bed bugs don’t have to be sprayed directly. All a PMP needs to do is apply Aprehend® in strategic areas of a customer’s rooms. When the first bed bug emerges, Aprehend®’s fungal spores will grab hold and piggyback all the way to the insect’s harborage, where it can then spread to other bugs through direct transfer and eliminate the entire colony.

Just like that, in as little as 3 to 7 days, no more bed bugs. No more itchy red welts. No more stinky, musty odors. And best of all, no more invaders taking over your customers’ castles.