Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

We all heard it when we were kids: sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite. You probably thought it was a joke until you grew up and realized that bedbugs were a very serious and real problem. Bedbugs are a massive nuisance, there’s no getting around that. Luckily, however, that’s pretty much where it stops. While bedbug bites are a bit of a pain, they pose no real threat to humans. At Pestroy, we do everything we can to keep your home free of pests all year round. Let our experts walk you through some of the ins and outs of a bedbug infestation, and what you can do if it happens to you.

How do you identify an infestation?

Bedbugs feed by siphoning small amounts of human blood while the host is fast asleep. That’s why they generally reside inside bedrooms, hotels, airplanes or pretty much anywhere they can construct a proper habitat. Their nest can be up to 20 feet away from their host, but it’s generally much closer—3 to 6 feet at most. They hide in dimly lit areas (in clothing piles, beneath floorboards, under wallpaper, under your mattress, etc.) and come out at night to feed. Among the telltale signs that you might have an infestation are the reddish black spots of waste that bedbugs leave behind. You’ll also notice marks on your skin if you’ve been bitten, as their saliva contains proteins that leave itchy red welts all over your body. If you suspect you might have bedbugs, be on the lookout for small, reddish-brown bugs about the size of an apple seed.

How does an infestation occur?

Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs aren’t the result of filthy living conditions. While clutter does offer the perfect habitat for bedbugs to thrive, it can’t be the root cause of the problem. Bedbugs are world-class hitchhikers and generally come in on someone’s luggage, laptop case, purse, etc. Bedbug infestations have been on the rise over the last few decades, both in Montreal and elsewhere in the developed world, but the exact causes of this resurgence are unknown.

How do you get rid of them?

Unfortunately for those who’ve fallen victim to the devastating wrath of the small but mighty bedbug, there is no easy way to exterminate them. Bedbugs are extremely good at hiding, so a simple pesticide treatment of your room won’t be enough. Hiring an expert is the best way to get rid of your bedbug infestation in Montreal.

If you’re looking for an exterminator in Montreal, give us a call at Pestroy. Visit us here for more information regarding our services.