Identifying an infestation can be a tricky. There are roughly 1 million species of bugs, and even experienced Manhattan exterminators are challenged in identifying them sometimes. When it comes to bedbugs, identification is key. Read on for information on bed bug control in Manhattan and beyond, as well as spotting these pests. These insects take up residence where most people need to feel safe, and we're here to help.
The problem with bedbug re-emergence is a huge issue in New York, especially among upscale establishments in Staten Island and Manhattan. Pest control experts with the city even put together a task force to deal with the bedbug resurgence. Since this team relies on the cooperation from the public, you may want to report infestations, or suspected infestations, to the city at the same time you call DQ's bed bug control (in Manhattan, the Bronx, New York metropolitan area and beyond).
Most people identify bug populations by sight: Bedbugs are flat, rust-colored, oval-shaped bugs, roughly the size of an apple seed. They are wingless and prefer to hide in small crevices in floors, walls, furniture and, yes, bedding. Read on for information on how to spot a possible infestation when the bugs themselves aren't immediately visible:
Telltale bites: These appear on exposed areas of skin. They're usually painless, but the red welts can itch and swell in sensitive individuals.
Streaks: Bedbugs leave reddish or black streaks behind. If squashed, they might even leave a tiny blood mark.
Specks: Look for tiny, dark specks in bedding seams and creases, carpeting, walls and other nooks and crannies; these may be bedbug excrement.
Odor: Some describe the unpleasant, musty odor of a severe infestation as smelling sweet and foul like rotten berries or almonds.
We don't recommend trying to identify these bugs by smell or making an assumption about the identity of the invading bug. For confirmation of an infestation and a free estimate, call DQ Pest Control. Our New York, Manhattan exterminators can confirm whether there's a pest problem, what type it is and what it will take to resolve the matter safely, cheaply and effectively.