Many things can disrupt sleep—a barking dog, a neighbor’s late-night party, a tiny fly buzzing around your room—especially if he won’t stop landing on your face. Another thing that disrupts sleep for many Americans is bed bugs. Even the deepest sleepers have a little trouble sleeping knowing that there are bugs in their bed feeding on them.
Many things can disrupt sleep—a barking dog, a neighbor’s late-night party, a tiny fly buzzing around your room—especially if he won’t stop landing on your face. Another thing that disrupts sleep for many Americans is bed bugs. Even the deepest sleepers have a little trouble sleeping knowing that there are bugs in their bed feeding on them. If you want to prevent bed bugs from dining on you at night, we have some simple prevention tips coming right up.
All About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are tiny parasitic pests that grow to be about 3/16 of an inch long. Easily identifiable by their reddish-brown, oval-shaped bodies, bed bugs can be found in any place where people travel frequently. Because bed bugs lack the mobile capabilities that other pests have such as flying or jumping, they have to resort to climbing and clinging to get from place to place. A suitcase, pile of laundry, or even a school bag can be ready transportation for bed bugs to find their way into your home. When out and about keep an eye out for these pests at libraries, movie theaters, shopping malls, and especially hotels and motels.
To spot a bed bug infestation, check around sleeping areas for small bloodstains. These are the result of bed bugs dribbling after they have had a meal. Keep an eye out also for small dots of black fecal matter in the crevasses of mattresses, skin casings shed by maturing bed bugs, and tiny almost see-through egg patches usually found in cracks throughout the bedroom.
Bed Bug Prevention Steps
Now that you know what signs to look for there are some steps you can take to avoid inadvertently introducing bed bugs into your home.
Bed bugs are anywhere there are people. When out and about, avoid setting your bags and belongings on the ground in a public location.
Always check the cracks and crevices of used furniture for bed bugs before bringing it into your home.
Always inspect your hotel room for any signs of bed bugs before bringing in your belongings. If there are any signs, ask to have your room switched.
When returning home from vacation, place all clothing, bags, and other belongings immediately into the washer and set on the highest heat setting possible to kill any bed bugs that may have infested these items.
Something to mention is that cleanliness will not keep away bed bugs. Bed bugs don't care if your home is filthy or spotless; all they care about is getting a blood meal while you sleep.
How Pest Control Consultants Can Help With Bed Bugs
If this article has you wondering if bed bugs are in your home, the professionals here at Pest Control Consultants would be happy to help you find out for sure. To schedule an inspection, give us a call today. We will send one of our highly qualified pest technicians out your way ASAP with a solution that fits your pest control needs.