All You Need to Know About Bed Bugs and How to Get Rid of Them
What are Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small pests that can usually be found in close proximity to beds (that's why they are called bed bugs). The reason? They need the blood of warm-blooded animals to survive. And you need to call an experienced bed bug exterminator.
With that said they primarily feed on humans at night while they are sleeping (body heat guides them toward humans along with the carbon dioxide contained in exhaled breath).
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are painless. The pests suck blood for about 10 minutes before they retreat back to their hiding spots. It might take days even weeks before they come out again. For that reason sometimes it's hard to detect where they hide until it's too late and the infestation is well established.
Some of the symptoms of the bed bug bites are:
- raised, red welts
- burning and itching
- bed bug bite rash across a localized area
- straight line of multiple bites
Keep in mind that bed bug bites look similar and con be confused for mosquito bites. So, you might wonder, how do I know for sure that the red welts are bites from bed bugs? Easy, you just have to know
Where to Look for Bed Bugs
The nasty pet is good at hiding but it leaves clues of its presence everywhere. Here's are a few things to look for when you suspect they have found their way into your home:
- Exoskeletons, shells or shed bed bug skins
- Fecal stained bedding and mattress
- Blood stained sheets and pajamas
If you found any of these you know you have bed bugs in your home and need to find a way to get rid of them as soon as possible. But to kill them you need to find their hideout.
We already know that they feed on humans blood. For that reason bed bugs need to be close to the host, meaning they can usually be found in the bedroom - box springs, headboards and bed framing. With that being said do not forget to check the furniture and fixtures that are close to your bed.
However, keep in mind that bedrooms are not the only place that bed bugs can be found. Since the feeding doesn't have to be at night all they need is a host who's not active long enough to provide a good meal.
Watching a movie in a movie theater for two hours? Bed bugs will love you for that because that's enough time for them (they only need about 1o minutes). Taking a nap in your recliner - same thing? Riding in a taxi - yes, you are exposed once again.
But it looks like hotels are their favorite playground. Staying at a hotel even for a night is enough to get bitten by bed bugs and what's worse - to bring them home with you.
But how do you know if the hotel you are about to stay is bed bug infected? There are a few ways to tell. The first one is to go online and check reviews on sites like TripAdvisor.com and BedBugRegistry.com.
If you already book a hotel room make sure that upon arrival you check the mattress, headboard and bed frame for signs of bed bugs.
How to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home
In order not to bring bed bugs home when you are traveling make sure that:
- Store your luggage on the luggage rack and not on the floor
- Hang your clothes if possible instead of storing them in dressers
What To Do If You Have a Bed Bug Infested Home?
Regardless of all the precautions you took bed bugs somehow found their way inside your home. What can you do? Firstly, you can try to get rid of them yourself. There are a few things you can do, including buying a few readily available in store sprays.
Or, if you think you that's not your wheelhouse you can call us. And here's why you should do that:
- we know what we do, we've been doing it for a long time and experience matters
- we would recommend customized treatment to remove the bed bugs fast from infested rooms
- we are fast, meaning we will cause minimal disruption to your daily life.
So, if you want to sleep in a bed bug-free home as soon as tonight - give us a call to schedule a free visit from one of our trained pest control professionals.