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What if homework isn’t the only thing your kids are bringing home in their backpacks? Many Florida pests grab a ride to seek a fresh new start somewhere else, including bed bugs, cockroaches, and fleas.  The problem is, they are good at it and are often completely undetected, until they start to reproduce.

Bed bugs are seasoned hitchhikers.

They can hop onto just about anything coming into your home, including a suitcase, piece of furniture, throw pillows, clothing, and even your electronics. What makes bed bugs such a serious problem is that not only can they go without eating for months at a time, just one bed bug can produce hundreds of offspring.  That means you could go from zero to full-blown infestation in no time.

Bed bugs feed at night while people are sleeping.  Their bite is often painless, but can turn into itchy welts.  If you wake up itchy or notice blood stains on sheets and pillowcases, chances are good that you have beg bugs.  It’s best to turn to an experienced pest control company to treat bed bug infestations.  They know which methods and chemicals are safest for people yet deadly for bed bugs.

Don’t have a pet and think you can’t get fleas?

Think again.  Fleas prefer to catch a ride on a dog or cat, but are also content with any warm-blooded host, including people.  Like bed bugs, fleas can come in on clothing, luggage, shoes, or any item from an infested location.  Fleas not only leave nasty, itchy bites behind, but they can also transfer tape worms to their hosts.

It’s important to hire a professional pest control company to combat fleas because of their complex life cycle.  Plus, they are more resistant to pesticides and other treatment methods at certain phases of their life cycle.  In order to get rid of fleas, two or more treatments are required within five to 10 days after the first application to kill all adult and juvenile fleas as eggs hatch and they mature.

Cockroaches are one of the most successful organisms on the planet. 

They can live for a week without a head and hold their breath for 40 minutes. They can run up to three miles an hour, and the babies can run almost as fast as the parents.  They’ve been around since the Carboniferous era more than 280 million years ago, and are masters of adaptation.  Because they are nocturnal, if you see a few cockroaches scatter when turning on the light in a dark room at night, chances are very good you have hundreds of them. It takes a licensed pest control professional to break the cycle from egg to nymph to adult and keep these pests out of your home once they’ve found their way in.

Don’t try to tackle an infestation on your own.

A local pest control company like St. Petersburg, Florida-based Regional Termite & Pest Control can inspect your home or business to determine if you have an infestation of any of these hitchhikers and provide effective solutions to rid you of them.  Serving the greater Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Ocala and their surrounding areas, Regional Termite & Pest Control offers both annual and quarterly pest control services to keep all pests at bay.