NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- Pest control technicians said Nassau County is experiencing an increase in bed bug cases. Pest control companies said they are responding to more cases than normal.
Getting prepared to inspect a home for bed bugs is a typical day for Nader's Pest Raiders, said pest control technician Martin Hood.
But Hood said he's been a lot busier performing these inspections then normal.
"This time of year, the more desirable locations that we're lucky to have here in Florida, we'll experience more bed bug activity because this is a vacation spot," said Martin Hood, Nader's Pest Raiders center manager.
But he said lately they've seen an increase of cases in the Amelia Island area where tourists travel year-round.
He said since November 2013 they've treated six homes and businesses for bed bugs, including one case as recent as last week.
Hood said they typically treat about 16-20 cases per year.
He added that what makes it tough is bed bugs are hard for us to find in our homes.
"You're not going to usually see the bed bug. You'll see the evidence of blood trailing and matter left behind by the bed bug," said Hood.
That's why he said they do thorough inspections using a flashlight to look for the bugs.
They also strip the sheets, go crease by crease on the bed, the headboard, and even check your furniture.
Homeowner Judy Rudolph was thankful he didn't find any bugs in her home.
"They seem to be more prevalent lately. don't know why now you hear about them more often," Rudolph.
Hood said calling an inspector could be costly but worth it so you don't end up with red blotchy spots on your body.
Hood said the bed bugs feed off blood and can live up to a year from just a couple bites from humans and pets.
Hood told Action News it can take multiple treatments to completely get rid of them.
"It's worth knowing whether you got them or not because it take such a long time to get rid of them," said Hood.
Hood said if you suspect you have a bed bug issue or have traveled to a place that has bed bugs, contact a pest control professional.