Indeed, don’t let the bed bugs bite! The small critter looks like an apple seed. However, they are small but terrible. Bed bugs live on human and animal blood. Thus, it will be a problem if they get into your home because they will bite you. Though they do not carry disease, these nuisances multiply fast, so bed bug control is a priority.
Where They Hide
You can carry bed bugs into your home with contaminated luggage, clothes, furniture, and other items. Since they are so teeny tiny, they can fit and hide in anything. Worst of all, they live in groups. They love you:
These are favorite spots because you are readily available for nighttime feeding. Remember, bed bugs can thrive in clean hotel rooms and homes, so having them is not a sign that you are dirty.
When They Bite
Bed bugs stay active at night, which is why they love it when you sleep on your bed. They pierce your skin with their long beak and suck blood akin to a mini-injection. These bugs need 3 to 10 minutes before they’re full. They become engorged and go away once done. Bites are painless, but they do become itchy later on. If you don’t get rid of bed bugs, you will have a lot of skin irritation, leading to scarring.
What Are the Signs of Infestation
If you wake up itchy all over after sleeping, you may have bed bugs. Other signs to watch out for are:
Red stains on your sheets, blanket, and pillow covers.
Dark spots, which are bug excrement, in the same places above.
Shed bug skin or egg shells where they hid.
A weird musty smell is permeating the room.
If you have a bed bug infestation, remove all bedding, linens, curtain, and clothing in the room. Run them in hot water and dry them on the highest setting. Stuff that you cannot launder, such as shoes, stuffed toys, and the like, can be placed in the dryer on the highest setting.
Check your bedroom, especially the bed area, for signs of infestation. Lift the mattress to look for them because these insects are great at hiding. Use a stiff brush to clean your mattress, especially the seams. This step dislodges the bugs and their eggs. From there, vacuum everything and throw the bag outside your house.
Moreover, you can purchase a mattress zip cover for added protection. This contraption keeps the leftover bugs from escaping or new ones from entering. The ones left behind will eventually die because they no longer have access to you, their food.
When to Call for Professional Help
After doing treatment measures, but you still wake up itchy, it is time to call in the pros. Professional exterminators know what to look for. They will get rid of every bug and egg in your home. More importantly, they will give you suggestions to prevent the return of these bugs. The last thing you need, should you decide to buy a new bed, is reinfestation. Please view service locations here: Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Harlingen, Houston, Irving, League City, Longview, Lubbock, McAllen, Mesquite, Midland, Mission and New Braunfels.