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Feb. 21, 2021, 5:49 p.m.
Imagine enjoying a party at your home with your best friends. You decide to spend the night catching a movie on your big screen. So, you bring your clean bedding along to keep the cold away. Just when the movie begins to get very interesting your friends start scratching and getting uncomfortable. It soon gets to you too and you switch the lights on to inspect. You can’t believe the horror you see, small, flat, reddish-brown insects everywhere. Great, just great!
That would be pretty embarrassing, right?
Well, in this article we are going to discuss everything you ought to know concerning bed bugs. We will tell you what brings these annoying insects into your clean home in the first place, simple methods to detect an early bug infestation, and why you must get professional help to exterminate them.
They Neither Jump nor Fly. Bed bugs lack wings, therefore do not fly or jump. Instead, they have narrow bodies and a flat body shape that allows them to fit in very tiny cracks and small crevices, seams, folds of luggage and bags so you will never spot them.
Bugs Live for Very Many Months Without Feeding. These pesky pests can survive for a very long time without sucking a victim’s blood. During this period, they digest the meals they had already taken, mate, and lay thousands of eggs.
They Live On Human Blood. Bed bugs can survive solely on a hosts’ blood. They may not pose you to very serious health risks when they bite but bed bug bites can be very itchy, irritating, and they leave ugly marks on your arms, legs, and chest.
They are Stowaways. Bed bugs are elusive squatters with tiny bodies and a victim will hardly notice them once they lurk in your travel bag seams or mattress folding. They are skilled at the game of hiding and will hide during the day only to come out in the night to suck on your blood once you are fast asleep.
They are lured by carbon dioxide. Bugs strongly get tempted to leave their spots by carbon dioxide exhaled and the heat emitted by the body at night.
Unfortunately, keeping your house sparkling clean and maintaining good hygiene does not help keep Bed Bugs away. They can easily get into your home through various ways unbeknownst to most people.
Traveling. A simple visit to your friend or vacation in an infested place is a very common cause of bug infestation. They lurk on your clothes, briefcases, bags, purses, and luggage and you can accidentally transport them for a long-distance back into your house.
Second-Hand Furniture. Buying used furniture can lead to bug infestation. Bugs will easily hide in the seams, tufts, and under the cushion, and get into your house unnoticed.
Crawling. Bugs crawl around an infested area. They can easily spread between rooms in multi-unit buildings like business premises, hotel buildings, and homes.
These hitchhiking pests are found almost everywhere. Be careful around the following places:
Bed Bugs are small-sized, flat, and easily fit in tiny places like cracks and crevices. They prefer to hide during the daytime and only appear at night to suck on a victim’s blood:
Small cracks and tiny crevices in walls and wood
Folding of bedding, corners of the beds, and mattress seams
Furniture crevices and cracks
Behind baseboards and wall hangings.
Bags, purse, and luggage
Under the seats in the house
The fastest way to be truly certain that you are having a bed bug problem is to have a licensed pest control expert perform a keen inspection in your premises to ascertain the infestation level and how widespread it is. To perform this inspection, wear protective gloves, and use a flashlight, and a magnifying glass to keenly inspect the most common bed bug hiding spots for the following signs:
Unexplained stains of blood on your pillow and bedding.
Tiny, flat, reddish-brown insects (bed bugs)
Bug dropping/ fecal spots
Bed bug shells/ shed off exoskeleton
Bed bug eggs/empty eggshells
The house may have a musty and Coriander Like Odor released from Bed Bug Scent Gland
While getting professional bed bug control is the only effective method to treat bed bugs and ensure they never come back, we have provided you with the following simple DIY bug control measures that you can employ.
Inspect all the infested areas and take note of the type of bugs.
Contain/seal the infested area to easily exterminate them.
Wash all clothing in a treated washer with the highest temperature and dispose of anything that cannot be treated.
Seal out all open areas in different rooms and ensure your bed is away from the wall.
Maintain high temperatures in the rooms or use chemical pesticides or bed bug sprays to treat the whole house.
Give keen concentration to the areas around your bed, folding, and seams.
Note that using DIY to exterminate bed bugs demands a lot of patience as it is a tough process that consumes a lot of your effort and time. Exterminating a big infestation will require you to apply different chemical and non-chemical treatments.
Professional bed bug control is the most efficient method to control a bug infestation in your premises. Bed bug infestations are not like any other pests that you can effectively treat with DIY methods. They can survive most DIY treatments and continue to thrive while causing damage.
Our licensed pest control experts have been trained in all the minor and major habits and behaviors of bed bugs. They will visit your premises upon your request and carry out a fanatic inspection meant to identify all bug hiding spots. Upon this inspection, they shall recommend the most effective course of treatment that shall be applied to exterminate the bed bugs and ensure no chances of future re-infestation.