Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite. We’ve all heard this bedtime warning before, but we probably never actually paid it much mind. Unfortunately, bed bugs are a parasitic pest that we need to be cognizant of in our homes.
If you want to keep yourself and your family safe from bed bugs, you should be able to identify a bed bug infestation as well as know the proper techniques to avoid future infestations. Don’t let bed bugs ruin your peace of mind. Act today.
How To Identify A Bed Bug?
Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, especially people. They have oval-shaped bodies, six legs, and no wings. One interesting characteristic of bed bugs is that they will change both shape and color after eating. Before feeding, they have flat bodies and are colored a reddish-brown to mahogany. After feeding, however, their bodies will engorge and will turn to a deep purplish-red color.
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
While they may not be considered the most dangerous pest because they do not transmit a wide range of diseases, bed bugs still pose some threats to humans. Some people can have allergic reactions to their saliva. Moreover, people who have been bitten by bed bugs may develop itchy rashes that can become infected. Furthermore, if bed bug infestations become too large, or last too long, they can cause anemia.
In addition to these health threats, bed bug infestations can prove to be very stressful. The difficulty in eliminating them can lead to insomnia and restless nights for any member of the family. Don’t let bed bug infestations affect your family. Learn the steps you can take to help keep bed bugs out of your home.
The Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation
Knowing the signs of a bed bug infestation allows you to act quickly in removing it. If you notice any of the following, call the professionals immediately:
Bloodstains on sheets and pillows
Rusty spots from bed bug excrement on sheets, pillows, and mattress
The musty odor from the scent glands of bed bugs
Bite marks anywhere on the skin (these may be mistaken for other bug bites such as mosquitos)
How To Prevent Bed Bugs From Infesting Your Home
When it comes to bed bug prevention, it’s all about knowing the primary means by which bed bugs come into your home. Because they feed on us, bed bugs can be found in any area with a high-volume of people. This could be bus stations, airports, hotels, etc. In addition to this, bed bugs like to live around the fabric. With this in mind, here are a few ways you can reduce your risk of a bed bug infestation:
Don’t place purses or bags on the ground in public places.
Check hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before unpacking.
Clean any second-hand furniture or clothes before bringing them into your home.
Wash and vacuum floors and steam carpets and upholstered furniture with regularity.
Wash bedding weekly.
After returning from areas with high-volumes of people, inspect and wash clothes.
While these may seem tedious, getting rid of a fully formed bed bug infestation in your home is far more challenging.
How To Eliminate A Bed Bug Infestation?
Bed bug infestations are incredibly challenging to fully eliminate. Therefore, if you notice any of the signs of an infestation, call the professionals here at Pest Control Consultants immediately. We will send a certified service technician to your home to provide bed bug control solutions to eradicate current infestations and prevent future ones.
Don’t lose sleep over bed bugs. Call us today.