Bed Bugs 411: What’s Eating Me?
Have you noticed little red marks
on you after waking up in the morning? How about little bugs crawling around on your bed? If the answers to either or both
these questions are yes, you may now be asking, "What's eating me?'
You may not like the answer, because you
may have bed bugs. Bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown after a blood feeding with an oval and flattened top to bottom shape.
They are about the size of an apple seed.
Bed bugs have a "stay-hidden" behavior, are active at night,
and venture out to feed on your blood. These bugs are hearty little critters and can live more than a year without a blood
meal. Bed bugs do not result from poor sanitation or social status, but are spread as we go about our various daily concerns.
They are not limited to the bed or the bedroom, but eventually move throughout your home. Bed bugs will crawl considerable
distances to obtain a blood meal.
What to Look For
Bed bugs hide in small spaces, cracks, and crevices near where you lounge, rest, and sleep. They can be found behind
baseboards, upholstery and in any kind of furniture. You need to check wall-hangings, night stands, stuffed furniture, floor-board
cracks, behind loose wallpaper, light switches, window treatments, and door and window frames. If an infestation is heavy,
bed bugs may be found in wall voids, attics, and enclosed places.
The most effective inspections are conducted
by your certified pest management professional. They can see signs of a bed bug infestation without actually seeing any bed
bugs. Signs of infestation include small reddish-brown fecal spots on surfaces and sometimes a very sweet odor. Bug bites
may also be indicators. If you wake up each morning with bites then you may have bed bugs. If you have bites that occur at
different times of the day and in various locations such as at home, in your car, or at work, it is much less likely the cause
is bed bugs.
How Did They Get Here?
bugs can enter your home inside used furniture or from a visitor who has bed bugs in home. Bed bugs can also stow away
in suitcases, backpacks, and shoes. Even occasional travelers have been known to bring bed bugs home with them but there are
steps you can take to minimize the risk. Check hotel bedding, mattress, and box-springs for blood spots. Keep your suitcase
on the rack provided, not on the bed or floor. When you return home from travel, vacuum your luggage well.
bugs have not been proven to spread disease through their bites. Not all people react the same to bed bug bites and some even
have delayed reactions to the bites. Bites can appear in several rows. If you have a reaction to bites, there are generally
red, itchy welts resent. An actual bed bug sighting or a sample of a bed bug or egg is needed to be certain that you
have an infestation or activity. Bed bug bites or symptoms might be clues, but cannot determine certainty of bed bug presence.
Call in the Pros
It may be possible to reduce bed bug populations
in your home, but it is virtually impossible to eliminate every bug without the services of a pest management professional.
If even one adult female survives, your home could become reinfested. Sleeping in a different room or vacating the structure
is not a solution, and can make the problem more difficult to eliminate.
There are many pests that you may decide
to try and control on your own, but bed bugs should not be one of them. Call a professional pest management company. When
working with a pest management company that offers a guarantee, you should ask what the guarantee covers. Are you guaranteed
complete bed bug elimination? How long is the guarantee? Most guarantees will be limited to a period of time, or if a preventative
program, will be ongoing with a service agreement. Now that you have the bed bug basics, get rid of what's eating you. Contact
us today and we'll have a pest management professional come out to your account.