Quick Bed Bug Facts
• Bed bugs can detect a host within 5 feet of them.
• They become active at night between the hours of midnight and 5am.
• 40% of people that have been bitten have no reaction at all.
• When the bed bugs feed they inject their saliva into its host and the saliva contains several proteins that routinely cause an allergic response from their hosts.
• They will aggregate near their host until the infestation becomes heavy. Then because of crowding, they many start seeking refuge farther away. When they feed they will probe the skin until they find the most suitable spot with good flow.
• They will feed for about 5 to 10 minutes.
• They can ingest 7 times their body weight. That is equivalent to an average sized male drinking 120 gallons of liquid.
• Each one will feed every 3 to 7 days.
• A female will produce 3-4 eggs per day and up to 300 to 500 in a lifetime.
• The eggs will hatch in about 10 to 15 days.
• The life cycle from egg to adult is between 5 weeks and four months, depending on temperature and availability of a blood meal.
• After 10 days they will need another blood meal in order to produce any more eggs.
• Under optimal conditions (temperature between 70 and 90 and with the host available) the bed bug population can double every 15 days.
• The ideal temperature for bed bugs is between 70 to 82 degrees.
• On average a starved bed bug at any stage in room temperature will last for 70 days.
• They will die instantly at a temperature of 120 degrees
• At 0 degrees it will take bed bugs 2 weeks to die.
• Wingless, reddish brown in color, size of an apple seed when they are adults.
• First instar bed bugs that have not fed are clear, about 1mm, barely visible to the naked eye.
Latin Name: Cimex lectularius L.
Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal.
Behavior, Diet & Habits:
Bed bugs only feed on blood. Under cool conditions, bed bugs have been able to survive up to a year without a meal. They prefer to be more active at night when the host is asleep. Found in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage or other personal belongings such as purses and briefcases.
Females can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation:
There are many possible signs of bed bug activity. The first would be seeing the bugs. Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed. A second sign would be case skins. As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence. After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide. They eventually defecate in these areas, which appears as black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces. Bites also may indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.
Bed bugs (often misspelled as bedbugs) are small, nocturnal, wingless insects that belong to the family of Cimicidae. They feed on human blood and other warm-blooded hosts. They are oval in shape and grow up to 4 to 5 mm long when fully grown. Their skin color is rust brown to a deeper red brown. Bed bugs are also known as “mahogany flats,” “red coats” and “chinches.” The adult bed bug does not have wings and has a flattened body. Bed bugs are both dorsoventrally flattened and thin, which creates a great advantage for them. They can hide in unusual places such as behind baseboards, floor cracks, and under carpets or behind loose wallpaper, which can make them difficult to detect. Not only can they be hard to detect, but bed bugs also tend to stay close together and have a distinctively sweet, yet unpleasant smell. Fecal smears on mattresses and nearby furnishings are also signs of a bed bug infestation. Their bites can leave itchy welts on the skin and can cause allergic reactions, such as severe itching, though not everyone reacts to their bite. Bed bugs have existed since the ancient times and are found throughout the world. There are different species of bed bugs, but the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is particularly adaptable to human environments. Other species are known to prefer birds and bats but also will feed on humans if necessary. Since they can survive in birds’ nests, they can be seen in houses and buildings that have several bird nests, particularly on rooftops. . Bed bugs have a great worldwide distribution, due to human travelers who transport them in luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. Though they may reside in unusual places, they are also likely to be found in small cracks near a bed or in comforters and bed sheets.
How you pick them up:
It’s possible to pick up bed bugs almost any place—they’ve infested offices, stores, hotels, gyms and countless other places. They can hide in your luggage, personal belongings, or even on you, and hitchhike a ride back to your home, condo, townhouse or apartment. Once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist. A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness — you can pick them up in the finest hotels, and they can hitchhike into the cleanest homes at any time. But, you can help reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.
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I thank God for these guys. They are curtious, respectful, and gave me moral support when I was stressed out about those damn bed bugs. They know what they're doing. The bugs are gone Completely, because of these guys. I am so grateful, I now have a piece of mind & I have my bed back. No need to throw away your bed, they'll get rid of the bugs. I can't thank them enough!
Knowledgeable, Courteous, Professional, Efficient Vlad and George explained the process in great detail and answered all my questions. They put my mind to rest in an otherwise very stressful situation. And most of all they got the job done right. No more bugs. HURRAY! Thank you, guys! I highly recommend Windy City Bed Bug Specialists. 5 stars
This company is great!They came twice and my problem is gone.
Windy City Bed Bug Specialists were great!
Windy City Bed Bug Specialists were great! All they do is bed bugs so they really know what they're doing. We just had a very "light infestation" so their ability to come out right away before things got worse was wonderful. I had called someone else and they said I'd have to wait 4 days! No way! They took the a much dreaded situation and took care of it with professionalism!
Gross problem made much less traumatic
I unexpectedly encountered a bed bug problem and immediately FREAKED OUT. These guys returned my panicked phone call quickly and helped calm me down with their knowledge and "These things happen all the time" attitude. I called a few other companies but the plan of attack WCBBS developed seemed the most sensible. I did need 3 or 4 treatments, but 1) each visit was included in the original price 2) the guys were EXACTLY on time for each treatment 3) they sent me follow up reports and 4) promptly answered any questions I had after the treatments (and because I'm such a freak - I had many questions. All were answered promptly and courteously - are they also trained therapists?????). No doubt this is a disgusting and demoralizing issue, but these guys were top notch and helped me realize it's just a bug... Nothing more, nothing less.... Thank goodness bug can be exterminated and thank goodness for WCBBS.
I like most people would say I hated the fact of knowing I had bed bugs. I made the call to Windy City Bed Bug Specialists, and it was the best thing I could have done. These guys are Brothers and own the company. They really care about your needs and answered all the million questions I asked without getting frustrated with me. The attention to detail was great, because when I called a few days later, Vladimir instantly remember me. I would strongly recommend them to anyone dealing with bed bugs.
I began to receive these little bumps on my arms, so I went into the Dr. Office, they told me I had bed bugs. After searching for a company I came across Windy City Bed Bug Specialists, I seen that they had great reviews, and even a quick little video explaining the madness. I called and spoke with Vladimir, he is great, he explained in detail what would be performed , and even quoted my over the phone. Vladimir and his brother George both owners came out the next day and I couldn't be happier with there professional approach, and knowledge. I am bed bug free after just 2 treatments. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
I'm a very demanding consumer when it comes to, well, everything. These guys were professional, knowledgeable and made me feel confident they would be able to remedy the situation. They were able to eliminate the issue the first visit, but still did the follow up visit as it was part of the service. I lucked out as Windy City was the first pest control company I called. Wouldn't hesitate to contact them again or recommend to anyone needing these services.
Excellent But Expensive
We had no idea what we were dealing with. My daughter was waking up with what we thought were mosquito bites on her extremities. It took us a whole month to figure out what was going on. We called WCBB, they came out and we were bug free with only 2 treatments. Very kind, understanding, non judgmental and professional. We liked them, but honestly, we hope that we never need them again.
Bedbugs Be Gone!!
Discovered multiple sites of infestatuon and after checking Yelp, decided to give Vladimir a call. He came out the next day to inspect and begin treatment. Never having dealt with these little critters before, i was a bit freaked out. Vladimir answered all my questions throughout the entire process and never made me feel i was asking a "dumb" question. A week after the 1st treatment, he and George came back for the 2nd treatment. We've been bug free ever since. I highly recommend these guys. They couldnt have been nicer.
It was my first experience for any pest control and I found them through Groupon I called them and made an appointment to start the treatment ASAP...I'm very satisfy and recommend them to everyone
Professional, Friendly and Trustworty
I recently moved into a home that we were not aware had a bed bug infestation. After doing everything that you are not supposed to do once you realize you have a bed bug infestation (fog and spray bed bug spray that you've purchased from a local home depot store on every piece of furniture in your home), and noticing that I had even more bites than before, I decided to hire an exterminator. I put in a request online on the website for about 5 different exterminator companies. Vladmir gave me a call within 15 minutes of me putting in my request for a quote. Right away, I trusted Vladmir. He answered all of my questions quickly and correctly and I could tell that he knew what he was talking about. I spoke with other companies to see who my roommate and I would be the best fit for us and decided to go with Vladmir. Unlike other companies I reached out to, I felt that Vladmir wasn't just trying to sell services to us but genuinely cared to assist us. Everyone else had a wait time of about a week and Vladmir came out the very next day and even called saying that he was able to come out earlier. I appreciated that he was always available when I called him, he gave knowledgeable answers to all of my questions, he was honest and as nice as can be! I noticed the difference right away and would recommend him to anyone with a bed bug problem. This company specializes in one type of service, they are quick and efficient and they are genuine about their services. They understand how traumatic and nerve wrecking bed bugs can be and made a terrible experience much much better.
Prompt, Thorough, Patient, Friendly!
Vladimir is wonderful. Arrived when he said he would, thorough in his work, patient in that he answered our many questions, and friendly, to boot. Highly recommended.
Trustworthy, Reliable Service
I was horrified to find out from my neighbor that he had bed bugs and even more so to find out that other people in our condo building had them. We decided it would be best to have a professional inspection because we were having new furniture, including a new bed and box spring, delivered in a few days. We were almost certain we did not have any bed bugs, but wanted to be certain Vladimir from Windy City Bed Bud Specialists was great. He was able to get us in for an inspection the next day and he sent us an email to confirm. unfortunately, he did find a very low infestation of bugs and he did the service that day which was a great relief to us. Not only was Vladimir very professional and knowledgeable, but he was also very friendly and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend Windy City Bed Bud Specialists.
I had a very high infestation in my 3 bedroom home, it took a while for me to notice them because a first I did not receive any reactions to their bites. I then called Vladimir @ Windy City Bed Bug Specialists, and let me tell you this guy is awesome. He came out the next day and treated , but before he did anything he made sure to explain the entire process, and since we had a very high infestation that it will take a little longer than normal to eliminate them all. I can now say that after 4 treatments (which is covered under first payment) I am now bed bug free. It has been a long time since I have had a service from a company that is as caring as them. I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking for bed bug service.
Prompt, dependable service
Windy City Bed Bug Specialists were very prompt in responding to my inquiries. They were upfront about cost. I had an appointment within 24 hours. Very friendly service. We ended up with a false alarm, but we were grateful to have a professional opinion. If we ever have a concern again, we will definitely be employing their services.
I called Vladimir at 12:30pm when another company didn't show up.(Terminix) I wanted a consultation right away, I just couldn't wait another hour or day to find out what my worst night mare was. He was at my house at 1:15pm, 45 minutes later. He talked me through the process over the phone, while I was at work and meet my husband at home. He was professional, very thorough, knowledgeable and most of all very nice man to talk to. Lucky for us the infestation had just started in one bedroom and he took care of the entire house. as if they were all over. I would recommend Vladimir to anyone who thinks they might have critters.
High quality of services,very nice people they understand your situation and the most important not crazy prices
Hello everyone who read this review my experience was a nightmare I don't know when start, but all can I say it wasn't fun I find out until my son get a allergic reaction we don't know what it was the food at the first thinking no not that the soap nop, I was so worry for him he had a lot of rash and bumps like a mosquito bite he cry because the itch he start to scrash and scrash until he got blood out we don't know what to do I take him again to the doctor until he got allergic reaction he got high fever and the rash was bad the doctor said he was allergic to dust wawooooo then one night my daughter call me mommy mommmy look this pillow I go and check I can not believe What I see I lot of bedbugs coming out from the pillow and headboard my first think I do take alcohol and spray the pillows and headboard my daughter don't have anything in her bed I start crying how it happened they eating my son alive with out see anything in that moment my nightmare start I wash all the bedding clothes toys everything and put in high heat in my dryer now I close the room seal with tape in the door like a danger zone now my kids sleep in the living room my son its ok now hell nooooo this creatures find my bedroom why we don't know until my husband had a lot of bumps and itch all his body but why just you I said I don't have any sigs of bites ?????? he wait one week until he had a allergic reaction too I read about this little smart creatures all this week I cant sleep waiting for this creatures to bite me but I kill some my body and eyes get tired it was the same way this all week I call a lot a companies and we cant afford this high prices I cry a lot because we have to move in a month and I don't want this creatures in my stuff what I do all this week I wash ,all the clothes and clean everything I check again more companies but I cant find anything yet and finally I find something in yelp this company I start reading the reviews I send and email to one of the owners and he reply my email right away I was so happy maybe they can help me yep they call me next day I tell my situation and they give me a good price not even thinking about twice I can kill this animals by my self I need help so they come to my house they explain everything to me how the process work they go 2 times because I have only 3 weeks left to move finally we can sleep again yeiiii I just found dead bodies my son has the scar in his skin where this little creatures coming from we don't know I never had this experience until 3 months ago maybe the school ,or store maybe the church or gym I hope never had this experience again this guys they are so nice and kind thank you for everything two brothers best company in town call, call them now .
Love These Guys!
Vladimer and his partner were very professional. They got rid of the bed bugs with their first treatment and follow up. We had been fighting them for a couple of months, first with our do-it-yourself spray, then a different professional came and treated, but the bugs remained. So, when Windy City Pest Control came they put and end to our very long battle. Thank you!
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Windy City staff was very professional , example the process to you in details. I call others specialist put Windy City was the best over all!!
The 2 owners of this business were extremely professional, timely, thorough and personable. They were knowledgeable about our bug problem and answered all of our questions patiently and in detail. I highly recommend them to potential customers looking for an extermination of pesky critters!
I received a very through and professional service. They were punctual ,informative along with making you comfortable under the circumstances.
After only one call to the guys I knew I found they right company. Not only did the walk me through a very hard time over the phone, but by the time we hung up I felt so much better about the terrible issue we had They came out the same day we talked, and had helped with moving anything I needed. Once they were ready to started I felt like I knew these guys for years and had all the confidence in them .All went very smooth they came back a week later to due a second treatment and to make sure I was feeling better. If anyone ever has to go through this trouble issue I could not say enough good things about this company or its staff. Trust me on this Audrey Colone
Above and beyond service and knowledge.
Amazing service. Had a problem with Bed Bugs and the team at Windy City Bed Bugs took complete care of all of my concerns. I really did not know where to turn. They explained every step and made me feel like they really cared. Cant say enough about this company. Highly recommend Windy City bed bugs and they have me as a customer for life. I will refer all of my friends and family to them.
Getting an appointment was easy and fast!! They worked around my busy schedule and were so pleasant and nice. All my questions were answered and better yet my problem solved. Thank you Windy City!!!!
I called out Windy City bed bug specialists to service my bed bug problem, and I can happily say that after just 2 treatments I am bed bug free. I would recommend them to anyone.
Where do I start?. I am amazed that a company like this still exists today. The brothers Vladimir & George treat you how you should be treated, this is by far the best service I have ever had from anyone. I was already freaked out because I had bed bugs, these guys put you at ease first, and then explain the entire process. I have not been bit since and they serviced my home over a month ago. I would highly recommend this company to anyone. Thanks again!
Vladimir and George could not have been more amazing throughout the entire process. We moved into an apartment that was infested with bed bugs in the walls but had no idea about it. We've moved out already since the landlords were not cooperative on having the entire duplex treated but Windy City Pest Control could not have been more incredible for clearing the issue within our specific apartment. They came the day I realized we had a problem and were so kind and thoughtful during the whole process. I was freaking out as I am a clean freak and terrified of bugs (and pregnant!) but they explained the entire process to me and even treated our apartment three times (though typically they do two treatments) because we were moving and wanted to make sure the bed bugs didn't follow us. They literally were at my beckon call and understood how important it was for us to be bed bug-free before we moved out of that horrible apartment situation. I would recommend them to anyone - They have fair prices, they will answer all your questions (I called 4 times and Vladimir was kind and patient with me with each call), and they resolved our issue within 2 weeks. I am beyond grateful for them and the way they handled our problem. DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL THEM - LITERALLY THEY ARE THE BEST!
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