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It seems that the urgency in the news has dwindled down but you can be sure that bed bugs are still a serious threat to homes and businesses across the country. At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our team of bed bug experts are going full force, helping people with bed bugs every day. We just wanted to remind residents and business owners that the threat of bed bugs is still very much there and infestations are continuing to sweep the country. Here is some helpful information on bed bugs for residents in Minnesota and the Midwest: Where are bed bugs? Traveling continues to be the leading source of bed bug problems for homes and businesses. Anywhere people are, bed bugs could be. This is a little vague we know, so here are some of the top places that are at a high threat of encountering bed bug infestation: Hotels Condominiums Apartment Complexes Airports/Airplanes Schools and Dormitories How do I know if I have a bed bug infestation? Unfortunately bed bugs often escape notice and that puts homeowners as well as property owners/managers at a distinct disadvantage.  The good news is that if you know where to look and what to look for you have a better chance at catching the infestation early.  Inspecting your hotel room, apartment, condo, dorm room, or any other place that has a lot of human traffic is the best way to identify a bed bug problem early.  Don’t forget your home either as bed bugs may travel home with you from an airplane, cab or even in your luggage.  Here are the signs of a bed bug infestation:

  • Dark spots on linens and the mattress which is bed bug fecal matter
  • Small blood spots on the linens from bed bugs feeding on our blood
  • Light brown colored skins which are shed as the bed bug grows into an adult stage
  • Waking up to red bites, usually in a line of three
So, if you think that your home or business may have a problem with bed bugs, it is time to call in the pest control professionals! This is not a situation that you want to wait on as these blood sucking pests multiply quickly and can spread to other rooms making it much harder to get rid of bed bugs. And unfortunately, due to the complexity of treating for bed bugs, DIY treatments are not generally effective and often times more dangerous when left in the hands of untrained and uncertified individuals. Plunkett’s Pest Control provides safe and effective bed bug solutions for homes and businesses across the Midwest including Alexandria and Minneapolis, Minnesota; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; and throughout the Quad City region. If you would like to learn more about Plunkett’s bed bug removal services including K9 bed bug inspections and bed bug heat treatments, please contact us today!

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