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What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are parasites that feed on human blood. These pests do not have wings, and they are approximately 1/8 inches in length. Bed bugs are small, and reddish-brown in color. They are typically most active at night – this is when they find sleeping humans to feed on.

Are Bed Bugs Harmful?

Can you feel them when they suck your blood? No. They usually begin looking for their host at night, and this is often why people wake up with signs that a bed bug has bitten them

They aren’t harmful, but some people are allergic to the saliva of them. This allergic reaction isn’t usually severe or deadly. A doctor can usually treat the problem with antihistamines or corticosteroids. The worst thing that a person can do is start scratching the infected area; this will cause the problem to spread.

Bed Bug Life Cycle

 1. Egg Stage  

The life of a bed bug starts with an egg which is very tiny and pearl white. The size of the egg is about 1mm long, almost equal to the size of two salt grains, mustard seed or a pinhead. An adult female bed bug lays between one and five eggs daily, and by the time it dies, it might have laid up to 500 of them. 

Bed bug eggs are usually found in tiny cracks and crevices in human resting areas, especially bedrooms and in public chairs and seats or even household furniture like couches.

A bed bug egg takes approximately 6 to 17 days to hatch. From the fifth day after being laid, the egg is marked by an eye spot, an indication that it is almost ready to hatch. 

“Bed bug eggs are usually found in tiny cracks and crevices in human resting areas, especially bedrooms and in public chairs and seats or even household furniture like couches.”

2. Nymph Stage

A bed bug egg hatches to a nymph, a young bed bug which looks almost similar to an adult bed bug but it is smaller in size, and its body has a different color. Besides, unlike an adult, a nymph is yet to mature sexually. 

The young bed bugs undergo five molts before developing into adults. Each molting is characterized by the shedding of the bug’s exoskeletons. During the first nymph stage, the bug is approximately 1.5mm long and appears transparent, hence difficult to notice, until it takes its first blood meal. 

The young bed bug is 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm and 4.5 mm during the second, third, fourth and fifth nymph developmental stages, respectively. An older nymph has a reddish-brown body just like an adult but is smaller in size. 

A young bed bug needs a blood meal to complete each of the above five molting stages. For that reason, it can bite and suck blood from a human being or an animal such as a cat or dog,  despite it having a very tiny body. A nymph bug takes approximately five weeks to become an adult when it is at room temperature.

There’s No Bed Bug Larvae

Some think larvae is same as nymph but the fact is that the former is not a real term when it comes to bed bug life cycle. There’s nothing like bed bug larvae; from nymph stage, bed bugs develop to adults.

3. Adult Stage

When the conditions and temperatures are favorable, a bed bug can take approximately 37 days to develop from the egg stage to the adult stage. Warmer climates boost the development and reproduction of bed bugs. 

The size of an adult bed bug is almost the same as that of an apple seed (5-7 mm long) while the color of its body ranges from brown to reddish brown, depending on the time it fed last. 

At nymph and adult stages, a bed bug has flattened body which enables it to hide in tiny cracks and crevices, in bed joints, under carpets as well as in upholstered furniture like sofas.

“Warmer climates boost the development and reproduction of bed bugs.” 

Bed Bug Life Span

The lifespan of the majority of bed bugs is usually four, five or six months, although a few of them can live even for one year when they are under cold conditions. 

Bed bugs die faster in warm temperatures as compared to when subjected to cold temperatures. For instance, a starved male bed bug can remain alive for a year at a temperature of 50F but may die within a month when it is in an environment with 80F temperature.

 Infographic of Bed Bug Life Cycle, Lifespan of a Bed Bug


Watch Out for These Signs of Bed Bugs in NYC

New York City, just like any city, is vulnerable to bed bug infestations. If you live in this county, you should always be ready to face these bugs since they spread very easily due to local as well as international travels to areas with bed bugs. 

Interestingly, you can have these bugs at your place without your knowledge since they are extremely good at hiding. Luckily, there are signs of bed bugs in NYC that you can look for in your home or business to determine if there’s an infestation. These signs will give you clear reason to call a professional bed bug exterminator for a full inspection. 

Signs of Bed Bugs

#1. Live small, brown or red crawling insects

Bed bugs are relatively small bugs, the length of each adult ranging from 4mm to 5mm. An adult bed bug is wingless but has the vestiges of wings known as wing pads which don’t develop fully to functional wings.  

The bug is brown but the color changed to rusty red once the bug has just fed. Although bed bugs are big enough to be seen with naked human eyes, seeing them moving around, especially during the daytime, is not easy. 

They come out of their hideouts at nights when you are asleep so that they can bite and suck blood from your without you noticing them.  

bed bug infestation on a curtain

Bed bug infestation on a curtain

#2. White, oval eggs in cracks, crevices or along mattress seams

However, in case your area has an infestation, you can find these pests under your mattress, inside spring boxes, under a pillow or/ and in the cracks and crevices of your bed or chair or any other upholstered furniture in your bedroom. 

When you are faced with a heavy bed bug infestation, the live bugs can even be found in your carpet edges, behind wallpapers, inside electronics as well as in wall cracks and crevices.

You can use a bright spotlight look for the pests in these areas if you suspect them in your home or commercial area.

Young bed bugs, with translucent or whitish-yellow bodies, are also another sign of a bed bugs in NYC. However, a juvenile bed bug that has just fed is reddish. 

The nymphs look almost the same as adult bed bugs, only that they are smaller and, of course, the difference in body colors. Check for these small bugs in the above-mentioned bed bug hideouts/resting grounds.

After mating, female bed bugs lay white eggs which are oval in shape in small hidden cracks and crevices in your bedroom or along mattress seams. The eggs are as tiny as 1/16″ long and are covered with a film which enables them to stick to surfaces. A single female bed bug is capable of laying up to 250 eggs during her lifetime.

#3. Musty odor

Bed bugs produce odors known as alarm pheromones through their body glands as a way of conveying particular messages amongst themselves, especially when disturbed. The musty odor may also come from the fecal materials of the bugs.  

Some people claim that a low concentration of the odor smells like the scent of coriander but at a high concentration, the smell is unpleasant; almost similar to that of moldy wet clothes.

#4. Empty shells in hidden voids

During their development, young bed bugs shed their exoskeletons for about five times before they reach maturity. These shells look like empty bed bugs or popcorn kernels. 

They are usually found in the common bed bug resting places such as bed’s cracks and crevices, under a mattress, inside spring boxes in electrical appliances near your bed and at the corners and edges of your bookshelf, among other hidden areas (especially tiny spaces) in your bedroom, living room or office.

Bed Bug Bites

We know that most people don’t know what causes bed bugs but they do know that they are real and that they can easily be in their homes or hotels. At Control Exterminating we treat both residential and commercial properties.

Our bed bug exterminators have successfully treated many hotel bed bugs. No matter the extent of the problem, you can rely on Control Exterminating.

You can easily bring in bedbugs from anywhere you’ve been. That is why it helps to know who to turn to when you need the services of a bed bug exterminator. We don’t know what causes bed bugs either but we do know that our exterminators are capable of getting rid of them for you. 

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

If you suspect that you have bed bugs, you will likely have evidence of this. In some cases, people experience fever while most experience a rash. In some instances, those who have a high immune system do not experience any visible signs of being bitten. If you notice several areas of your skin where itchy rashes have developed, you may have been bitten by bed bugs.

However, to determine for sure, you may need to seek the advice of your primary care physician. They will be in a better position to advise you of the bites you’re experience than our bed bug exterminator. Surely, if they conclusively identify the bites as bed bugs, you’ll need bed bugs treatment as soon as possible.

bed bug bites on a person's arm

Bed bug bites by James Heilman, MD [CC BY-SA 3.0]

How to Check for Bed Bugs on Your Own

If you would like to do your own bed bug inspection, you’ll need to know what you are looking for.

Do you know what bed bugs look like? They are very hard to find due to their size but if you decide to turn your mattress over to check for bed bugs, you should look for small, pale-colored bugs.

They may even be red if they have had a blood meal. Checking for them before calling a bed bug service for bedbug help is a good idea so that the problem can be quickly addressed by one of our NYC bed bug exterminators.

Bed Bug Inspection NYC

Detecting bed bugs is a difficult task because bed bugs are tiny creatures and can hide and lay their eggs in cracks and crevices where you can’t find them. Our team of experts and NYC bed bug dogs have all the required knowledge and equipment to efficiently detect the presence of bed bugs in your home and business.

Calling a bed bug inspection team in NYC before the exterminators can save you a huge sum of money. Instead of holding all-out extermination of bed bugs, you should first call a professional bed bug inspector that will determine which parts of your building require bed bug treatment

Basing on this report, you can later instruct the exterminators to clean only the specific areas. This might sound like a small thing, but it can save you a lot of money, especially if it’s a large commercial space. An all-out bed bug removal service is always costlier. 

Once the detection is over, then we can go ahead and eradicate the bed bugs for you. It is the most customizable, affordable, and efficient bed bug removal service. Another reason to get an inspection is if you are moving into a new apartment. Many posh looking apartments shelter filthy bed bugs in their furniture. Don’t fall for it.

Apart from inspecting your new home, we also examine the moving vans/trucks so that any chance of you transferring bed bugs from your old home to the new one is eliminated. 

Bed bugs often travel from one place to another by clinging on to moving boxes and clothes. Prevention is better than cure. By choosing us, you will avail the best bed bug inspection we can offer

A bed bug sniffing dog on the bed

Bed Bug Dog

Bed Bug Dogs

We use our well-trained bed bug dogs to find bed bugs in the inaccessible corners of your furniture. Human inspection is only 25-30-% effective when it comes to pests like bed bugs since humans depend on their eyes to do the searching. 

Our NYC bed bug dogs have noses 100 times more powerful than humans which means the bed bug inspection accuracy is much higher than other standard pest control agencies.

Another advantage of choosing us is that we give our customers precise reports about the infestation. Instead of spending a lot of money on cleaning the whole space, our reports enable our customers to direct their efforts during the removal process towards the places that are infested the most.

Bed Bug inspection Brooklyn

With our bed bug dogs, we also provide excellent bed bug inspection Brooklyn services. Brooklyn bugs do not stand a chance when faced with our exterminator and bed bug inspecting canine.

If you think you may have bed bugs in Brooklyn, ease your stress and call on our Brooklyn bed bug inspection service. We’ll educate you on the matter and provide instructions for moving forward if bed bugs are detected.

Bed Bug inspection Queens

Queens, New York, like Brooklyn, has a lot of people tightly packed in the area. When living in a densely populated area like Queens, there is a much higher chance of getting bed bugs.

If you start to feel itchy when sleeping, or just have a really bad feeling you might have bed bugs, call on our bed bug inspection Queens service to find out once and for all. Not only will we inspect the whole property to find where the bed bugs reside, we will also properly remove them.

“Human inspection is only 25-30-% effective when it comes to pests like bed bugs since humans depend on their eyes to do the searching.”

Discreet Bed Bug Inspections NYC

Plenty of pest control services in NYC offer complete bed bugs removal packages, but if they aren’t discrete, they risk hurting your business’ reputation. If it’s a commercial space, the consequences of having bed bugs can be very severe. 

Lawsuits have been filed in the past against hotels and restaurants that had bed bugs. Your business will face a massive drop in customer turnout, and in case of an inspection from civil authorities, you may even have to shut down your business temporarily.

As far as residential establishments are concerned, a rumor about bed bugs in your house can affect how your neighbors look at you. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about having bed bugs, anyone can get them, but they can be quite embarrassing to admit to having. By choosing Control Exterminating, you can forget your worries about neighbors or authorities coming to know about your situation.

Bed Bug Treatment Preparation Checklist

Make sure you complete this checklist when prepping for bed bug extermination:

• Remove curtains from your windows, and bedding from your bed

• Empty your bedroom closets

• Empty the drawers of your nightstands, dressers, bookshelves, and other furniture in the rooms that will be treated (Store these items securely in a garbage bag)

• Empty linen closets, as well as all closets where bed bugs have been found

• Wash all of the linens in your room in hot water, with regular detergent

• If you are unable to wash your linens, place them in the dryer for at least 20 minutes (place clothes in a garbage bag – do not store them in rooms that are being treated)

• Take apart your bed frame

• Unplug electronic devices

• Remove all wall hangings, including clocks, pictures, and posters

• Move objects in the room (such as furniture), making sure furniture is at least three feet away from the walls – this gives the exterminators plenty of access once they are inside of the room

• Vacuum the rooms of your home thoroughly

• Take apart your bed frame

Bed bug services


our Process

If there’s a musty smell, you develop a rash or there are blood stains on your bed, you may be dealing with a bed bug infestation. The sooner you get in touch with an exterminator, the better, bed bug infestations grow by the minute.

Control Exterminating uses a very comprehensive method for treating bed bugs in and around the metro area.  

Our bed bug exterminators are qualified to visually inspect for bed bugs and they are also NESDCA certified to use dogs during bed bug inspections. Our canine team along with our exterminators is capable of effectively identifying any size bed bugs problem.

Evaluating Your Home For Bed Bugs

When there are bed bugs, every inch of your home or building has to be evaluated. This ensures that the bed bug eggs are identified, in addition to the smallest bed bugs. 

Sometimes, spiders, fleas, carpet beetles, mites and other bugs could actually be the problem that you are experiencing in your home, apartment, building or hotel, instead of bed bugs.  

When you have bed bugs, our exterminators have to meticulously check your armchairs, desk chairs, clothes, clutter, corners of your rooms, table chairs, rugs. Our exterminator will analyze them all to make sure that none of the bedbugs begin to migrate while we are completing the bed bug treatment. 

Addressing the Problem

When you have a bed bug problem, you never have to move out of your apartment because we would quickly address the problem for you. 

Control Exterminating will be able to effectively treat your problem with only a couple of visits spread out over a couple of weeks. 

We’re happy to treat every area of your home, we also use mattress covers to protect your furniture while treating your infestation. 

When our canine scratches any area of your furniture, this gives evidence of bed bugs or bed bug eggs. 

Then what does our bed bug exterminators do next? 

Our exterminator will start to evaluate the extent of your bed bug infestation. 

Our exterminators are able to decide the level of bedbug activity that is occurring in your home. They usually determine this by the number of living bedrooms in order to determine the right way to treat your bed bug problem. This will enable them to effectively eliminate any cycles of bedbugs. 

Our exterminators will perform an inspection and perform your initial treatment. Within a weeks time we will begin our second process and finally, a third treatment plan will occur for your whole home. 

With our bed bug process, we make sure that old, young, fleeing or those bedbug eggs that have just hatched are dispersed and their hiding places are sterilized. 

After about thirty days we will usually follow-up to see if the infestation has been completely eliminated without a trace.

Why Control Exterminating

At Control Exterminating, we have been able to maintain our certification by the NYPMA (New York Pest Management Association) as specialists of bed bugs since 2009. 

Getting rid of a bed bug problem cause for vigilance when treating furniture and other household items in a room infested with bed bugs. 

We always provide you with instructions so that we do a thorough job. 

This includes: 

  • How to handle laundry 
  • How to seal your items 
  • De-cluttering the area 

Especially those areas that are not always visible that may be full of loose items of clothing and other things. These areas include underneath your bed and the floor of your closets. 

  • Washing clothes 
  • When and whether to throw out certain items that may be salvageable 
  • Making certain no re-contamination happens 

If you want us to identify your bug call us at  212-847-3842

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