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Bed Bug History

Peerless Pest Control has been treating bed bugs in Philadelphia and surrounding areas long before they became a huge news story. Philadelphia has now passed New York City as the #1 infested city in the United States and we are the leader in eliminating them and supplying our DIY customers with safe and reliable products to control the bed bug outbreak in the city.

Bed bugs have been a household pest issue for more than 3,300 years, dating back to ancient Egypt. They were first brought to the United States by early colonists, where they thrived for many decades. However, by the 1950\'s, bed bugs had been all but eradicated in the developed world, thanks to the availability of new pest control products, coupled with the widespread use of vacuums and washing machines which helped to control the spread of infestations in living spaces.

Several factors led to the resurgence of bed bugs beginning in the late 1990\'s; increased international travel, more targeted pest control products and methods and a lack of public awareness about pest prevention methods.

Bed Bug Biology

picture1 Unfed adults bed bugs are mahogany to rusty brown color. Engorged bed bugs are red-brown color after a blood meal. Nymphs (baby bed bugs) are nearly colorless when they first hatch and become brownish as they mature.

Unfed bed bugs are flat and broad-oval. Fed bed bugs become swollen and more elongated.

Adult bed bugs can reach a size of about 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm.

Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted by their hosts. For this reason, they tend to feed at night on bare skin that is exposed while sleeping. However, they are opportunistic insects and will consume a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Although bed bugs prefer to feed on humans, they will feed on other warm-blooded hosts as well. Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. They feed by inserting two hollow, beak-like feeding tubes into their host. The first tube injects the bug\'s saliva, which contains anesthetics to numb the feeding area. The second tube draws blood. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate and lay eggs

Bed bug biology naturally promotes infestation. Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day, or an average of 540 eggs in a lifetime. They typically lay their eggs in cracks or rough surfaces. Bed bug nymphs grow to full adulthood in about 21 days and go through five stages of development before they reach maturity. A bed bug will molt once during each stage of development, though a blood meal is required for a molt. An adult bed bug can live for several months without a blood meal.

Bed Bug Service

picture1 Peerless Pest Control only uses the best, most up to date procedures for servicing Bed Bug infestations.

Our technicians are highly trained in indentifying and treating even the worst Bed Bug infestations.

We service residential homes, apartments, apartment complexes, offices, medical facilities, medical offices, businesses, hotels, motels, college apartments, college homes, college residences, and any other type of building.

Our technicians have what it takes to eliminate the infestation in a timely manner.

If you are unsure if you have bed bugs, our technicians can perform an inspection. If you do have bed bugs, we can quote you a price on service. Give our office a call at 215-324-4719 or email us at for an immediate response.

As always, we do free insect identification at both our locations. We also sell DIY kits to treat your infestation yourself with expert instructions and advice. For locations,