What are Bed Bugs?
Many have heard the bedtime saying, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” but past that don’t ever actually think that bedbugs are a real issue. Scientifically dubbed Climex Lectularius, the name ‘bed bug’ is derived from the pest’s favorite dwelling place. Bed bugs like to dwell in warm, dark places where they have easy access to feed off of human blood. Sounds a little creepier than a nursery saying right? Bed bugs can be hard to detect as they are so small, but they can be eradicated if found.
How Bed Bugs Spread
Bed bugs can come into the home numerous ways. They often spread through clothing and luggage traveling from other infested locations. Infested items such as used furniture can also carry the unwelcome pests into the home. Often, bed bugs will travel through air ducts and cracks in the walls in infested apartment buildings and hotels. It is important to know that the cleanliness of a location does not determine whether it is more susceptible to a bed bug infestation. Immaculate homes and hotel rooms are just as liable to bed bugs as filthy ones! Due to their ability to spread, it is important to contact a bed bug pest control professional for an inspection.
How to Detect Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are often very difficult to detect because they are mostly nocturnal and can feed without being noticed. Often, bed bugs can cause skin irritation and rashes for people that are sensitive to them and that is usually how they are detected. If someone is displaying bed bug symptoms, they are diagnosed once the symptoms have been confirmed and bed bugs have been found in the home. You may find very small, flat insects crawling in your bed, pillows, or even on furniture. Even so, they are very small and hard to find with the naked eye. If you are noticing irritated red bites, typically in a cluster or line of three or so, this is a good sign you may have bed bugs. Particularly if you do not know of any other bug bite sources, like from mosquitoes, biting flies, or spiders.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
The first step in eradicating your home of bed bugs is confirming they are present. This is best done by a professional exterminator to ensure the entire infestation is removed. If only a bedroom is treated, there may be other areas of the home where bed bugs are lurking, which can lead to a re-infestation. A treatment of chemicals and proper cleanup throughout the room or home is necessary to get rid of bed bugs for good. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, contact the bed bug exterminators at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention for an inspection and removal treatment.