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Bed bugs are one of the most misunderstood pests we deal with as Nashville exterminators. We get a lot of phone calls from people telling us they have bed bugs, but claiming they are clean people, with clean homes and they just don’t understand how this could have happened. Unfortunately for those people, bed bugs are not a pest that cares whether your home is clean or not. The more clutter you have inside your home, the easier it will be for bed bugs to find a good hiding place, but these pests are not there because you have a cluttered home. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers, entering your home on the backs of visitors, in luggage or even on your own back if you’ve visited a bed bug infested area. The TN pest control professionals at All-American Pest Control want to help you understand these pests a little better, so that you can keep an eye out for them, making it less likely that you will bring an infestation of these pests home. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received about the misunderstood bed bugs!


What do bed bugs look like?

Bed bugs are approximately 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch long and brown; they are shaped similarly to an apple seed and when they have fed, they are typically very dark brown in color. They are flat and oval in shape and are known for feeding on the blood of mammals, but prefer human blood, when they can get it.


Where do bed bugs hide?

Bed bugs can be found hiding during the daytime, because the night is when they come out and feed on sleeping humans. You can find them hiding around the bed, so they are in close proximity to their nighttime meal source, but they can also be found in closets, inside clothing, in upholstered furniture, behind picture frames, under carpeting, behind electrical outlets on the wall and inside wall voids. Sometimes it can be challenging to locate bed bugs and bed bug eggs since they are excellent hiders, but the pros at All-American Pest Control are trained at finding a bed bug infestation in your home or business.


What are signs of bed bugs?

Bed bug bites on your skin and little reddish brown spots on your bedding or pajamas are signs of bed bugs. In heavily infested areas, the scent of over-ripened raspberries may be noticeable and you may see many shed bed bug skins lying about the floor, near the mattress and in places where bed bugs convene during the daytime.


What is the best treatment for bed bugs?

At All-American, our bed bug control solution of choice is heat treatment for bed bugs. We choose this plan of attack because it is well known that bed bugs die if exposed to higher temperatures, so we use a system of heaters and fans to warm the interior of your infested room up to the appropriate temperature to kill these pests. We keep your room at this temperature for several hours to make sure that all bugs (and their eggs) that are present are killed. Our goal is complete bed bug elimination and will follow-up our service with inspections to make sure there are no more bugs and no more bites!


When it comes to pest control in Nashville, look no further than the professionals at All-American Pest Control. We know these pests can be found in even the cleanest environments and that having these pests is not the result of your lax sanitation efforts. When you call to set up your first bed bug inspection, our highly trained and experienced technicians will come to your property and complete a thorough inspection to identify a possible bed bug problem. If a problem is discovered, we can offer control solutions to completely eliminate these pests; we can also offer recommendations to help you prevent these pests in the future. For more information on our bed bug control services, please contact All-American Pest Control in Nashville today!