Bed bugs have entered the public consciousness in a big way, with signs of bed bug infestation cropping up in news headlines nationwide. These pests have become common enough that there is a “The Bed Bug Registry” set up for the public to check whether there have been sightings in apartments or hotels. Bed bugs are such a menace because they bite and feed on human blood.
Bed bugs are often described as cryptic and mysterious since they hide deep in fabrics and furniture and only come out at night. One of the most reliable (and painful) ways to detect their presence is by bite marks on your body. If you go to bed and wake up with mysterious bite marks, you should check for other signs of the infestation immediately.
Due to their minuscule size, bed bugs are notoriously hard to see, and can often be found indirectly. A sure sign of an infestation is to find bed bug fecal spotting in beds and on furniture. These appear as dark or black stains or smears from the digested blood that they excrete. Seek signs in these places:
If you find these dark smears, round eggs, or living bed bugs, these are absolute signs of an infestation.
If you suspect an infestation in your home, it is natural to ask where these bugs came from. The most common sources of bed bug transmission and infestation are:
Since bed bugs often hitchhike into your home, one of the best ways to combat bed bugs is to prevent them from ever getting into your home in the first place. Before staying at any hotel, check your destination on the “The Bed Bug Registry”. When you get to a hotel, check the:
for evidence of bed bugs. Immediately request a new room (or even go to a new hotel) if you find any signs of an infestation.
When possible, avoid the temptation of bringing used furniture into your home from yard sales, estate sales, or even from the side of the road. No matter what kind of deal you might get, it is not worth the added bonus of bed bugs.
Remember that bed bugs can travel in clothing, anything fabric-covered, or even cracks in wooden furniture. Don’t make the costly mistake of thinking they only come in mattresses or sofas.
There are do-it-yourself methods available to homeowners to combat bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are killed by temperatures over 113 degrees, so washing all of your bedding, clothes, and luggage in very hot water can work. A rigorous vacuum may also help, but homeowners should dispose of the vacuum bag immediately, sealed in a plastic bag. Due to the bed bug’s elusive nature, the most comprehensive bed bug treatment can be performed by a professional.
We’ve compiled 17 answers to the most frequently asked questions about Bed Bugs.
In the end, prevention is still the best cure for bed bug infestations.
CALL Budget Pest Control today at 303-790-7378 or send us a message for a detailed bed bug inspection & treatment. Our technicians will inspect to find the source of the bed bug infestation and put together a plan to meet your needs and get you back to peaceful slumber.
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