Bedbugs are not choosy. They infest five-star hotels as well as campgrounds. A bedbugs infestation should be treated quickly. Bedbugs live close to their feeding sources, which are warm-blooded animals. They burrow into mattresses, coming up at night to feed. You may wake up with red, itchy welts on your body. They also live in upholstery and nooks and crannies throughout a building.
International travel is a boon to bedbugs, who hitchhike rides in luggage and clothing. They are small, approximately the size of an apple seed. Females lay hundreds of eggs at a time. Bedbugs can go for months without feeding.
Ridding a building of bedbugs takes diligence. If you have bedbugs, treatment is best left to a professional pest control service. They will identify where these pests are living and present a treatment plan. Technicians use techniques such as high heat treatments that must be done by a licensed pest control service. Homeowners risk damaging property by doing this on their own.
Cockroaches live everywhere on earth and are extremely difficult to eradicate. They spread disease and can aggravate asthma and respiratory illnesses. Cockroaches require water and food to survive. Food sources include decaying matter, paper, and sewage. A cockroach infestation does not mean you have a dirty home. However, clutter, moisture, and exposed food provide sources for survival.
Pest eradication professionals use several techniques for cockroach eradication, including baits, traps and chemical applications. Professionals will inspect your home to identify where these pests feed and breed. Removing sources of moisture, covering pet bowls and securely containing food are a few ways to discourage cockroaches from sharing your living space.
Fort Smith’s unique ecological zone is home to wildlife including rats, mice, skunks, moles, raccoons, snakes, bats and squirrels. Other local wildlife includes coyotes, foxes, opossums, and armadillos. Many find the soil of lawns attractive as living spaces. Others prefer indoor accommodations. Raccoons and squirrels find clever ways to access food, including removing lids from poorly sealed trash bins and digging through compost piles.
Wildlife control is best left to a pest professional, who first identifies the specific critter causing the problem. Treatment depends on the animal. Use of poisons is a last resort. Instead, a pest professional identifies points of entry into the living space, recommends ways to block access and identifies nests and food sources. Baits, live traps, crushing underground tunnels and closing dens are part of an integrated pest management program. Because each infestation is unique, treatment is designed for your problem.