Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Services for Residential, Hospitality & Rentals, Student Housing, Group Housing

Hartz Pest Control’s Bed Bug Technicians are trained eliminate Bed Bugs from both Residential and Commercial  structures.

Home owners often bring bed bugs home when vacationing or traveling for business and our children bring can bring these pest home from student housing or sleepovers.

Hospitality and Rental owners should call us as soon as you hear that your guests and tenants are reporting bites. We will act quickly, efficiently and discretely to address the problem, helping to ensure you don’t have screaming tenants or vacationers checking out and canceling reservations causing substantial loss to your bottom-line.

Our highly trained and professional pest control experts can also effectively deal with any other pest issue, such as bugs, fleas or flies in your rental or commercial property.

Bed bugs infestations can very quickly get out of control and become a major problem. We can prevent that from happening by providing affordable and thorough regular inspections, which can stop any such problems. If you operate multi-unit rentals or have hospitality clients, regular monitoring is especially important.

How Infestations Begin

It often seems that bed bugs arise out of nowhere. The bugs are efficient hitchhikers and are usually transported in or on luggage, clothing, beds, furniture, and other items. This is a particular problem for hotels, motels and apartments, where turnover of occupants is constant. Bed bugs are small, cryptic and agile, escaping detection after crawling into suitcases, boxes and belongings. The eggs are especially tiny and are usually overlooked. Acquiring secondhand beds, couches and furniture is another way that the bugs are transported into previously non-infested dwellings. Bed bugs also can be carried in or on a person’s clothing or shoes, resulting in an infestation.

Once bed bugs are introduced, they often spread throughout a building. The bugs can travel from room to room or floor to floor either by crawling or via a person. Unlike cockroaches that feed on filth, the level of cleanliness has little to do with most bed bug infestations. Pristine homes, hotels and apartments have plenty of hiding places and abundance of warm-blooded hosts. Thus they are almost always vulnerable to infestations as are places of squalor.

What Does A Bed Bug Look Like?

Adult bed bugs are about 3/16 of an inch long and reddish-brown, with oval flattened bodies. They are sometimes mistaken for ticks or cockroaches. The immature nymphs resemble the adults, but are smaller and lighter in color. Bed bugs do not fly, but can move rapidly over floors, wall ceilings, and other surfaces.

Female bed bugs lay their eggs in secluded areas, depositing up to five a day and 500 during lifetime. The eggs are tiny, whitish, and hard to see on most surfaces without magnification. When first laid, the eggs are sticky, causing them to adhere to substrates. Newly hatched nymphs are straw colored and no bigger than a pinhead. As they grow, they molt five times before reaching maturity. A blood meal is needed between each successive molt.

Under favorable conditions, the bugs can complete development in as little as a month, producing three or more generations per year. Cooler temperatures or limited access to blood extends the development time.

Bed bugs are resilient, Nymphs can survive months without feeding and the adults for more than a year. Infestations, therefore, are unlikely to diminish by leaving premises unoccupied. Although bed bugs prefer feeding on humans, it will also bite other warm-blooded animals, including dogs, cats, birds and rodents.

Bed Bug Service Area: Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Sugarland, Cypress, Katy, Texas