Iowa Bed Bug Control

Our multi-step bed bug control process uses a wide variety of effective products and techniques to help quickly solve your Bed Bug problems without breaking the bank.

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are nocturnal and use their piercing-sucking mouth parts to draw blood from their victim while they sleep. The saliva from a Bed Bug acts as both a numbing agent and anticoagulant. This allows the Bed Bug to feed uninterrupted without waking its host.

What do Bed Bugs look like?

Bed Bug size and color depend on age. Newly hatched Bed Bugs that have not yet received a blood meal are clear-creamy white and roughly half the size of a grain of rice. Adults are reddish-brown and are roughly the size of a watermelon seed. All Bed Bug stages have six legs and a pair of short antenna. !

What do Bed Bug bites look like?

Typically Bed Bug bites can be observed by multiple bites oftentimes in a linear pattern along your body – usually along the side you lay on most while sleeping. Bed Bug bites are most frequently found on exposed skin such as the neck, arms, and upper body area. While some individuals do not react to Bed Bug bites, others may notice small itchy red spots within days or even hours after being bitten.

How do you get Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are excellent hitchhikers! They travel with humans on their clothes, in their luggage, and even in their hair. Bed Bugs can be found anywhere people are found. This means on public transportation, movie theaters, schools, hotels, airplanes, doctors offices, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. Most commonly, Bed Bugs are brought into a home after someone has traveled to a Bed Bug infested place. The Bed Bugs conceal themselves in the traveler’s luggage during their stay and are carried back home once the trip is over. However, they can also just as easily come home tucked behind the collar of a shirt after a night at your local movie theater.

How to get rid of Bed Bugs.

The first thing is not to panic. People have burned down homes trying to get rid of these blood suckers. Second, make sure you actually have Bed Bugs.

Third, do not make the problem worse by ‘bombing’ and spraying harsh chemicals found at your local hardware store. This will only make the Bed Bug extermination more difficult. The final and most important step is to call Iowa Pest & Termite Control. Our staff of Iowa bed bug control professionals will provide you a thorough multi-step program designed around your budget and level of bed bug infestation.

Q: Is treating with heat the only way to get rid of Bed Bugs?

A: No. While heat is highly effective, it provides no lasting protection and can be costly. However, in some cases, Bed Bug heat treatment may be the best option. If so, our Iowa bed bug control staff will work with you and our trusted partner in Thermal Remediation to provide a solution.

Q: Do you just spray for Bed Bugs?

A: No. Applying products is a very small portion of our Bed Bug extermination strategy. Our Iowa bed bug control experts use a wide variety of non-chemical methods to help eliminate Bed Bugs. These methods include steam, physical barriers, heat, and physical removal.

Q: Do chemical treatments kill Bed Bugs?

A: Yes. Our Bed Bug extermination professionals use highly effective products for optimal bed bug control.

Q: What are the tiny dark spots on the mattress from?

A: If you have Bed Bugs, those clusters of black spots that resemble pepper are actually dried Bed Bug feces.

Q: Are Bed Bugs only found in beds?

A: No! In fact, our Iowa bed bug control specialists find as many Bed Bugs in the furniture surrounding beds as they do on beds.

Q: How long can Bed Bugs live without feeding?

A: Under optimal field conditions, adults may live for up to 1 year. Nymphs or young may not be able to survive as long.

Q: Can I see Bed Bugs?

A: Yes, even the smallest Bed Bugs are visible to the naked eye.