The playful limerick about not letting the bed bugs bite is a fun way to compel kids to stay in bed, but in reality — there’s nothing fun about these irritating critters. Bed bugs haven’t been much of a problem in the United States since the mid-1940s. Relatively recently, however, they’ve made a robust and unwelcome comeback in households across the nation.
Changes in extermination laws, as well as increased international travel, have worked together to help this small but extremely irritating pest flourish. Now, the critters easily jump from one household to another by attaching to people in public spaces, such as:
- College housing
- Movie theaters
- Nursing homes
- Public transport
Resultantly, the number of households afflicted with bed bug infestations has risen steadily and rapidly.
Studies show that approximately 25 percent of homeowners and renters attempt to eradicate bed bug infestations on their own before seeking expert help. Typically, it’s extremely hard to free a dwelling of bed bugs once they gain a foothold into furnishings and coverings.
You Might Have Bed Bugs If ...
Knowing how to spot the signs of bed bug bites and eliminating the problem early on can save you from the misery of dealing with a full-scale infestation. Surface bites are typically the first sign that you’ll notice.
Unfortunately, however, bed bug bites are similar to those of common flies. As a result, people who’ve been bitten by bed bugs mistake the mark as the sting of a harmless fly, or even a mild rash.
Still, knowing how to identify a bed bug bite can keep you from bringing home one or more of these persistent pests. Many times, a bed bug bite will appear on your skin in a row or cluster. Furthermore, bed bug bites tend to develop a surrounding rash, giving them the appearance of hives.
It’s important to note that everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites. As an example, it may take several bites before someone exhibits an allergic reaction.
In the home, bed bugs leave large quantities of droppings everywhere. For example, you might notice black patches on your mattress or in the seams of furniture if a bed bug infestation has taken hold in your home.
Don't Make These Mistakes!
It’s important not to spray pesticides on surfaces frequented by children or pets. Understanding how to apply poisonous chemicals is a professional skill, which is why pest control experts recommend that homeowners and renters seek the help of bed bug remediation professionals.
When returning home from international travel, it’s a good idea to wash clothing items in high heat, and even though society is increasingly embracing repurposing, it’s always a bad idea to use furniture that’s been left out on a curb — even if it looks brand-new.
Perfection Pest Control can provide you with affordable, effective bed bug removal. Our experts are knowledgeable about the latest bed bug removal practices and laws and comply with guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Call us today to get rid of bed bugs and restore your home to a comfortable, safe environment!
If you're worried that you might have a bed bug problem, you aren't alone! Since bed bugs are so small and easy to transfer from place to place, new infestations are always a possibility. But it's important to make sure that you're dealing with bed bugs and not a different problem. Here are some telltale signs that will help you identify those annoying bugs.
Small Dark Stains
Stains can be caused by all sorts of things, but if tiny stains start appearing regularly in the morning, it's a good sign that bed bugs have taken up residence. These stains will look like little smears with a black marker, but in reality, they are actually feces that the bed bug immediately poops out after eating, which then seep into nearby sheets. It's gross, but it's a good way to tell that they are present.
Bed bugs do produce an odor, especially if they start to accumulate. You are most likely to notice this odor at night when you first lay down to sleep. The smell is distinctive but difficult to describe. Many people think it smells like fruit that is starting to spoil or some unpleasant workout body odor. If you notice a smell like this repeatedly but can't find any source, then it may be time to take a closer look or call up a pest control expert.
Bed bugs shed their skin a lot as they are growing. When an infestation is serious, this leads to a lot of shed skins that gather up and accumulate in the cracks of mattresses, sheet folds, and furniture. On their own, the skins are tiny, like the head of a ballpoint pen, so you may want to get a magnifying glass out to take a closer look at the dust and dirt in hidden-away places. However, if you do find any tiny bug shells, it's a pretty clear confirmation that your home has a problem (unlike eggshells, which can be harder to identify, especially if you aren't a professional).
Live Bed Bugs
Sometimes bed bug skins indicate a past problem but not a current infestation. Your best bet to identify a current problem is to find living adult bed bugs. These are typically visible to the naked eye if you have plenty of light, but they like to hide out during the day. You can check for them by removing your bedding and take a close look at any seams, holes, or cracks in your mattress. Bed bugs will be small, red mite-like creatures hiding out in these places. They are very flat and can hide well, so look carefully and take your time!
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