BEDBUGS Cimex lectularius

Bedbugs get their name because they like to live and feed in beds.

Color: Mahogany to rusty brown; red after a blood meal
Legs: Six
Shape: Flat; broad oval
Size: 1/4
Antennae: Yes
Flight: No

Bedbugs like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They are elusive, nocturnal creatures. They can hide behind baseboards, electrical switchplates, picture frames, even wall paper. They come out at night for a blood meal.

Bedbugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices.

Although bedbugs can dine on any warm-blooded animal, they primarily dine on humans. Bedbugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.

No One Needs To Know

When Dirks Pest Management Specialist arrives for a Bed Bug Heat Treatment, no one needs to know.   Upon request, we can arrive in a white truck with a trailer.  No lettering or logos, VERY DISCREET.  Our equipment looks like state of the art cleaning equipment;  no one needs to know the difference.

Bed Bugs

A bed bug problem can grow exponentially if not treated. Two bed bugs can quickly breed and multiply. If left untreated for several months, the bed bug infestation will reach thousands of adult bed bugs and tens of thousands of eggs and juvenile bed bugs. In order for there to be effective bed bug treatment, you need to eliminate 100% of the insects, as a single pregnant female can start the problem all over again.

Bed Bug Facts:

  • Bed bugs feed on humans when they are sleeping or sitting still for long periods of time as well as household pets. Their bite is painless, but will leave a small mark.
  • Bed bugs will forage over 15 feet from their nesting area and move from room to room easily
  • Bed bugs prefer to rest in cracks and crevices, inside mattresses and box springs, bed frames and chests of drawers, as well as picture frames on walls
  • Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to eliminate

Bed bugs are very difficult to eradicate.  Traps and most chemicals are not effective on them.  Direct contact is required to kill a bed bug, which is made difficult as they like to hide in cracks.  Control and eradication measures for bed bugs are extensive and require participation by the residents of the infested home.  Dirks Pest Management uses chemical and non-chemical solutions to treat bed bug infestations and will work with you to keep the bed bugs from returning after treatment.

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Dirks Pest Management is a family owned company, offering safe and effective pest and termite control for homes and businesses throughout Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Berks Counties.

Our integrated pest management program effectively reduces pest issues by focusing on the entire problem.  Our program includes inspection to identify pest sources and assessment to determine the cause of the infestation and the best way to manage it.  We use both chemical and non-chemical solutions to manage the infestation and provide monitoring ensure long term reductions.  Spraying is just part of our solution.  We will work with you to seal entry points, eliminate hiding places and reduce food sources.

Our integrated pest management program is the best choice when choosing an environmentally friendly solution that goes beyond short term fixes and instead provides long term solutions that use fewer chemicals.

All inspections are performed by experienced technicians that have been licensed and certified by the State of Pennsylvania. We are members of the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) and PPMA (Pennsylvania Pest Management Association) and attend on-going educational and technical seminars.