Bed Bug Management & Control
From Dugas Pest Control in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dugas Pest Control is a locally owned and operated pest management company serving southern Louisiana residents and businesses since 1957. As part of our pest solutions, we are proud to provide full service bed bug control in greater Baton Rouge for both residential and business clients. If you have bed bugs – we can help get rid of those bed bugs today!
Description & Habits
Bed bugs are pests of humans and domestic animals, as well as of bats, birds and various other mammals. The food source of bed bugs is the blood of warm-blooded animals.
An adult bed bug is about 1/5 inch long and 1/8 inch wide. Its reddish brown to mahogany-colored body is greatly flattened and oval shaped. After feeding, the bug’s body enlarges considerably, becoming longer and much less flattened. Although the body is covered with tiny hairs, these hairs are so small that they are almost invisible to the naked eye, so the general body appearance is shiny. Bed bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts that enable them to pierce the skin and suck blood from their hosts.
Bed bug eggs are elongated and usually attached to an available surface when laid. Eggs are not known to be placed directly on the host’s body but are typically found on surfaces near where the host sleeps or nests. Each female bed bug lays about 2 eggs per day until she has laid approximately 200. At normal room temperatures these eggs will hatch in 6 to 17 days, producing small almost colorless nymphs that have the general body appearance of the adult.
Bed bugs are hardy insects. Both adults and nymphs can survive prolonged periods without food or under adverse temperature conditions. Adults can live for a year or longer without feeding and can survive over winter in an unheated building. Humans are the preferred host for the common bed bug, but it will feed readily on other animals, such as poultry, mice, rats, canaries, dogs and cats.
Bed bugs generally hide in cracks and crevices during normal daylight hours. They enter such areas easily because of their extremely flattened bodies. Typical hiding places are in the folds and tufts of mattresses coils of springs, cracks and hollow posts of bedsteads, and upholstery of chairs and sofas. In heavy infestations, bed bugs are frequently found in places such as behind loose wallpaper, behind pictures on the wall, under door and window casings, behind baseboards, and even in light fixtures or medicine cabinets.
Bed bugs can be located by looking for the spots of fecal material they often leave in easily visible places. Fecal spots and the bloody spots left on sheets and pillowcases when engorged bugs are crushed serve as sure signs of infestation.
Bed bugs are small, cryptic and agile, escaping detection after crawling into suitcases, boxes, and belongings. The eggs are almost impossible to see when laid on most surfaces. Purchase or rental of secondhand mattresses, box springs, and furniture is another way that the bugs are transported into previously non-infested dwellings.
Once bed bugs are introduced, they often spread room to room throughout a building. Unlike cockroaches that feed on filth, the level of cleanliness has little to do with most bed bug infestations. Pristine homes, hotels, and apartments have plenty of hiding places and an abundance of warm-blooded hosts.
Dugas Pest Control does not treat the mattress with a product but instead we offer mattress encasements which entomb the bed bugs. This method allows our customers to keep their mattresses and prevents the bed bugs from infesting the mattress again.
Insecticides are important for bed bug elimination. We will use different treatment methods to eradicate this pest from your home or business. Application entails treating all cracks and crevices where the bugs are discovered.
Local Louisiana Communities We Serve
While continuing to grow, Dugas currently serves communities in the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche and Tangipahoa.
Contact us online or give us a call today to schedule a bed bug inspection and to get an estimate.