Bed Bug Colony

When we refer to a bed bug colony we’re not indicating the traditional idea of a colony.

Bed Bug Colony

Bed bed bug nest with adult bed bugs, baby bed bugs and bed bug shells

With a number of insects, ants, termites, even bees and wasps, a group forms a home, whether it’s in the ground, within the wood of your home, or hanging from a tree.

These insects work together as one unit to find food, perform menial jobs required for the colony as a whole, and overall do whatever it takes to survive.

A bed bug colony is different because it simply refers to a large number of the pests all gathered in one place. Several of them may siphon off the blood from the same host, but they’re doing so as individuals, not as one living, breathing hive mind.

A bed bug colony in your furniture

Finding a colony of bed bugs in your furniture can be one of the most horrendous, disgusting experiences you’ll ever have as a homeowner. This can happen over time because of their ability to hide during the day and only come out at night.

When you realize you have a problem — often indicated by red spots on your body when you wake up in the morning — and start searching for the culprits, you may find yourself facing dozens or possibly hundreds of the parasites.

Bed bug infestation in the bottom of a couch

Bed bug infestation in the bottom of a couch

And your bed isn’t the only problem. Many infestations have been found in a person’s couch. A popular method of searching for a possible presence of bed bugs is to slip on a latex glove and run your hand inside the folds. If you get black spots on the glove, this indicates feces.

Bed bug colonies in your walls

When they’re not busy feeding on the blood on you and your loved ones, bed bugs must congregate somewhere. One big possibility is within the walls of your house.

Your walls offer great protection for them and because of all the little nooks and crannies inside, bed bugs can easily hide in places where you can’t find them easily.

Bed Bug Infestation in the wall of a Brooklyn Apartment

Bed Bug Infestation in the wall of a Brooklyn Apartment

Even in large numbers, quite a few bed bugs can hide in one location, even if they have to squeeze into a small space to get there.

Getting them out can be tricky, since pesticides have a low probability of reaching them in such tight spaces. Most of the time, it takes a professional pest control company that is well-versed in handling these pests to get rid of them.

Why do you get bed bugs?

You might be thinking to yourself, “OK, I know it’s a problem for some people, but not for me. Why would a bed bug want to come into my home? I don’t leave food or trash out.” The reality is that it doesn’t matter how clean your home is.

How To Effectively Exterminate A Bed Bug Colony:

If you have a bed bug colony in your home, you no doubt want to get rid of it. While bed bugs don’t carry diseases that infect humans or pets, their bites can result in painful itching that can lead to infections if you break the skin by scratching. And bed bugs can cause a great deal of mental distress. After all, how can you be expected to get a good night’s sleep knowing there’s a bed bug colony waiting to come out and feed on your blood while you’re in dreamland?

Unfortunately for homeowners and renters, a bed bug colony isn’t easy to destroy.

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The DIY Approach: Exterminate A Bed Bug Colony Effectively

Your first instinct upon realizing that your home is infested with bed bugs may be to try to take care of the problem yourself. But bed bugs are not a pest that can usually be exterminated by non-professionals.

bed bug seen through a magnifying glassTo begin with, bed bugs are extremely hard to locate. You may know you have a bed bug colony (or more than one) in your home because you’ve seen the bugs themselves, spotted signs of their presence, or keep waking up with unexplained bites (usually in rows of three). But finding out exactly where in your home the bed bugs are is a major challenge because they are masters at not being discovered. Even professionals often use dogs trained to sniff out all the bed bugs in all of their hiding places.

Bed bugs are also difficult to eradicate without the proper equipment to distribute pesticides deep into the cracks and crevices where they’re likely located. Besides, most store-bought pesticides—even if they claim they are for bed bugs—lack the residual power to kill all the bed bugs and their eggs.

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The vast majority of people who try to get rid of bed bugs by themselves end up frustrated when the bed bugs reappear. Not only do they have to call an exterminator, they’ve wasted their effort and their money on store-bought pesticides. They realize they would have been better off calling an exterminator to begin with—of if they rent, their landlord, who would have then called an exterminator.

It’s admirable to want to attack bed bugs yourself, but because of the difficulty of locating and killing them, the best way to effectively exterminate a bed bug colony is to rely on professional expertise.

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