If you’re having an issue with bedbugs or any other insect, it’s time to give your Broken Arrow pest control company a call. Sleep is one of the most important activities we take on as humans. It gives our minds a rest and our bodies the reprieve that we need in order to take on each and every day with full force. Getting a good night rest is imperative to having a healthy and productive lifestyle. Bedbugs are a parasitic pest that can rob sleep from you. In this article, let’s take a good, hard look at bedbugs, their life cycle, and what we can do with your Broken Arrow pest control company to combat these horrible insects.


Bedbugs are blood feeders. They have special mouth parts they used to inject into the skin to draw blood out. Bedbugs are unique in the fact that they must feed upon our blood in order to continue through their lifecycle. If bedbugs consume blood from another mammal, they can survive on that, but they can’t continue to thrive, and move through their life cycle. If a bedbug find itself without human blood available to it, it will lie dormant until it finds one. In this dormant state, the bedbug can survive up to a year without any feeding. If a bedbug finds another mammal, such as your cat or dog, it can feed on that animal and sustain itself for longer than a year. But again it must return to its dormant state and wait for a human.

In many cases bedbugs are spread through a process known as hitchhiking. If a person who has a problem with bedbugs leaves their home, it’s completely possible that a bedbug has attached itself to the back of a pant leg or a book bag, or some other item of clothing. These insects are very good at holding onto cloth and other materials. if you come into contact with that person, it’s possible that that bedbug could transfer to you and then start a problem in your home. Hotels, hospitals and doctors waiting rooms are all highly susceptible to transfer of these parasitic blood feeders. While transference is completely possible, it’s very difficult usually determine where a problem originated from if you find yourself with a bed bug problem. Call your Broken Arrow pest control company for more information.


But how would you know if you had a bedbug issue? One of the first telltale signs of an issue is if you start having bites on your person. Bedbugs tend to bite in a line with three bites. While this is common, it’s not necessary for bedbugs to bite in this way. What actually happens is a bedbug will get on your skin, bite and feed, and then walk a little further and bite and feed again, and then walk a little further, biting, feeding, and then go back to the hiding place in order to digest their newly consumed food. Some people have large allergic reactions to bites and some people don’t register a bite at all. Everyone has a little different response to these insects. But most people will find a small bump much like a mosquito bite that itches once the bedbug has bit them.

The second thing that you may see, are the bedbugs themselves. These insects in their full adult form are usually orangish to reddish brown in color and about the size and shape of an apple seed. Their eggs are a small whitish, yellow egg in the shape of a small grain of rice. In most cases, these insects will be found with their eggs in the seams of your mattress. They like to hide between the mattress seems as they feel safer and more covered. Often in these places, you will see the traditional red and black, dots the bedbugs will leave. These come from biting an individual where a little bit of blood will leak under the bed or the sheets. Also, the black dots come from when the insect defecates. If you see any signs time to call a Broken Arrow pest control company right away.  


While dealing with bedbugs is completely doable, there are many solutions to just simply don’t work. Bedbugs are actually very adept at creating an immunity to pesticides if those pesticides are overused against them. Take, for example, pyrethrins. Pyrethrum is a family of pesticides derived from a natural occurring pesticide found in chrysanthemum plants. This makes this pesticide very safe for humans. In the 90s, it was found these were very effective against pests such as bedbugs. Because of this, the use of pyrethrins was heavily used against bedbugs. While this was affective in the 90s, it soon became evident that these insects were building up an immunity to these chemicals. Now, if you’re going to a hardware store looking for pest control solutions for bedbugs, you will find pyrethrins in every product. Unfortunately, these pesticides simply don’t work against modern bedbugs.

Because of this, it’s important that you contact your Broken Arrow pest control company if you have a problem. They have the correct pest control tools to take care of issues with bedbugs. One of the latest and greatest tools against bedbugs is a product called apprehend. Apprehend is a natural predator to the bedbug. It’s a fungal spore that attaches itself to the outside exoskeleton of the bedbug. It will get underneath the exoskeleton and start to feed off the insect until it kills all the bedbugs. Once a group of bedbugs are infected with the spores, they will go into their hiding places and spread the spores around. Because of this, bedbugs can’t build up any sort of immunity to these spores. This product is only available to licensed pest control technicians.


If you’re having an issue with bedbugs, or any pest then it’s time to call a Broken Arrow pest control company that you can trust. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with bedbugs, or any other pests. We service a greater Tulsa area, including Tulsa, Owasso, Turley, Bixby, Jenks, Prattville, Sapulpa, Coweta, Sand Springs, Catoosa, Wagner, Sand Springs, Claremore, Broken Arrow and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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