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Appearance 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. For more information, see What do Bed Bugs Look Like? 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. Bed bugs are 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. Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation Seeing the bugs: Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed. Case skins: As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence.

Defecation: After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate 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.


One of the most important aspects of our business is learning from our customers and strengthening our relationships with them. That’s why we are deeply involved in the healthcare industry through various association memberships. Guardian is a proud Corporate Champion of the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and a longtime member of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). In fact, Guardian has collaborated with AHE since 2005 to help guide Environmental Services professionals on best practices in healthcare pest management.

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When you see a pest, you need service right away—365 days a year. Guardian makes it easy with a direct priority line to our national customer service department and to your local branch. We’ll respond to your request within two hours and if needed have someone on-site at your facility within 24 hours—guaranteed.

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Should your organization be fined by a regulatory agency due solely to a pest infestation, Guardian will reimburse you for the amount of those fines that are paid.

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With Guardian, your satisfaction is guaranteed on all sides with three unique 60-day guarantees:
60 day complimentary service if you are not satisfied with the way we begin your service
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