Are bed bugs common in North Carolina?

Are bed bugs common in North Carolina?

Bed bugs have been on the rise in North Carolina for a while, as evidenced by the 2017 Orkin Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list. Four cities in North Carolina made the list – Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte and Asheville. Even more recent, a school in the Charlotte area had to ban backpacks because of a bed bug infestation.

What time are bed bugs most active?

between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Though these pests like to come out before dawn, don’t think you can wait up all night to outsmart them. “A bedbug is an opportunist, and while their peak feeding time is between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., if you work nights they will come out and feed on you during the day,” Furman says.

Who do you call for bed bugs?

No one should have to suffer through multiple infestations, and if the bed bugs keep coming back, a licensed exterminator should be called immediately. There are two major treatments for a bed bug infestation: heat exposure and chemical treatment, and an exterminator has expertise with both.

How long do you bag items with bed bugs?

Sealing items like these in plastic bags and placing in a freezer will kill off bed bugs but you need to keep the items in a freezer at 0 degree F or lower for up to five days to ensure all the bugs are dead. Other items that can be frozen include shoes, picture frames, jewelry, small toys, and small electronics.

Is an exterminator necessary for bed bugs?

Yes, an exterminator can get rid of bed bugs, and they are really your best bet. A pest control provider is trained on bed bug biology and behavior, meaning they know where to look for bed bugs and how to eliminate them at the source.

How do you tell if bedbugs are in your clothes?

Inspect clothing carefully for bed bugs before purchasing. Even if you choose an item from an undisturbed pile, bed bugs could still find their way onto clothing. Pay particular attention to the inside seams, looking for any signs of sticky white eggs, shed skins and the bugs themselves.

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