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What to do if you spot a bed bug in your home

Bed bugs are unfortunately making a comeback along the East coast of the United States. That is a big problem for anyone living in Dover, Middletown, and Milford, DE. But, just because you spot a bed bug in your home, it is not a cause for panic.

Read the rest of this article to learn what to do if you spot a bed bug in your Dover, Middletown, or Milford home. Also, you can just contact JEM Pest Solutions. Let us take care of your bed bug problem so that you don’t have to worry.

Signs of bed bugs

Before discussing what to do if you spot a bed bug, it is essential that you know how to spot one. There are a few signs that you can look for that will let you know you have a bed bug issue. Below we’ve listed the most common bed bugs signs.

  1. You actually see a bed bug. This may be rarer than you would guess, as bed bugs are geniuses at hiding. Plus, they are extremely small. But, if you spot a tiny, dark brown spot moving around on your bed, you likely have bed bugs.
  2. Bed bugs shed their skins, which is a much more reliable indicator of a problem. Bed bug skins are thin, crackly, and small. You will find the shed skin in the corners of your headboard, underneath your mattress, or in pillowcases.
  3. The most common sign, and biggest indicator, of a bed bug problem, is if you wake up with small, red, itchy welts. Bed bugs feed on the blood of mammals, and you are their favorite meal. They will attack any parts of your body that was exposed during the night. This differentiates their bites from mosquito bites—which are also small, itchy, and red—because mosquitoes prefer to bite on ankles and at the backs of our necks.

What to do if you spot a bed bug

Okay, now that you know how to spot a bed bug, let’s discuss what to do if you see any signs of them. Most importantly, do not panic. You will need to take immediate action, but you should be able to completely remove these annoying pests from your home. Other important actions to take if you see signs of bed bugs include

  1. Washing everything in your bedroom. This includes clothes, linens, upholstery, chair cushion covers, essentially anything fabric. You will also need to dry the items on the highest dryer setting possible to kill any remaining eggs.
  2. Once you have removed all of the portable items to be washed, vacuum everywhere else. You will want to be as thorough as possible because bed bugs and their eggs can hide in extremely small spaces.
  3. If this clean up sounds like too much stress, or if you are worried about getting rid of all of the bed bugs, you need to call JEM Pest Solutions. We are your Dover, Middletown, and Milford source for the pest bed bug extermination. Our company has been around for over seven years, and we have decades of combined pest control experience. Additionally, we offer free inspection and estimates. For the best, most professional and transparent pest control company in Delaware, contact JEM Pest Solutions today.
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When your doorbell rings, you can be confident that the person JEM Pest Solutions has sent to your home to take care of your control and extermination is a true professional. We carefully screen, background check, and conduct lengthy interviews with prospective employees. JEM Pest Solutions technicians also undergo extensive training, both in the classroom and on the job with a mentor, before they are allowed to work on their own. You can rest easy knowing that your problem is in good hands with JEM Pest Solutions.

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About Us

JEM Pest Solutions has proudly been providing expert pest control and bed bug control in Delaware & Maryland for over 7 years. During this time we've helped over 20,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their pest problems. At JEM Pest Solutions we provide pest control for ants, bedbugs, mosquitos, and much more.

JEM Pest Solutions is a Delaware & Maryland locally owned and operated company; we take pride in servicing the community that we live in serving Dover, Middletown, Rehoboth Beach, and the surrounding areas.  We value your time, so when you call we'll schedule an inspection or service time that is convenient for you.

Our technicians are thoroughly screened during our interview process. We only hire professionals we would want to service our own homes. We background check and drug test all employees and make new hires go through extensive training both in the classroom and on the job before they can service a home or business alone. We also believe in and practice continuing education, ensuring our technicians are always providing the best service possible. You can rest easy knowing that when your door bell rings JEM Pest Solutions has sent a true professional to resolve your Delaware & Maryland pest issue.

JEM Pest Solutions provides a zero obligation free inspection and estimate in Delaware & Maryland. Our technicians will take the time and care to thoroughly explain the treatment options best suited for your particular problem. Our professional service is convenient as well as effective.

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