Imagine a bug living almost exclusively with humans since the dawn of human history. You don't have to imagine it. It's called a bed bug. They've been indoor pests since before people lived indoors. What do you imagine it takes to get rid of bed bugs? If it were easy, bed bugs would be extinct. It's just that simple. If you're looking to get rid of bed bugs, you have something your pre-historic ancestors didn't have: The internet! On the miracle that is the worldwide web, you have access to all of what is known about bed bug control, up to this point. Knowledge is power—the power to stop bed bugs. So, let's look at how to check for bed bugs and what to do about them when you find them in your Lawrenceville home.
Easy-To-Spot Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Home
There are three ways to tell that you have bed bugs in your home. Some warning signs are obvious, but even obvious signs can be mistaken for another problem. A good example is finding bed bug bites on your skin. Bites from baby bed bugs can be tiny bites surrounded by an extensive rash. You might think you have had an allergic reaction to food, clothing, or something else and not realize you have bed bugs in your home.
Another surprising fact about bed bug bites is that it can take hours or even days for the wounds to grow into rashy bumps. You may think your bites came from an outdoor pest, like mosquitoes or gnats.
Even when bed bugs bite you and you know for sure your bites are from a pest in your home, you may not be able to tell that bed bugs are biting you. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Each bed bug will typically bite three times in a line or zig-zag pattern.
- Bed bug bites range from slight bumps to painful welts.
- Bed bugs feed in a group and move across the skin. Your bites will look like they follow a path.
- Bed bug bites will not have a blister or ulcer at the center.
- You'll likely find bed bug bites on your face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and legs.
When bed bugs infest your home, there are better ways to tell that you have a bed bug problem than to wait for these pests to bite you.
- Look for black streaks, specks, and spotting. Bed bug feces are black. You may find their waste on sheets, pillowcases, blankets, mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, clothing, baseboards, outlet covers, and electronics.
- Inspect the crevices, seams, and stitching of furniture. Use a probing tool to bring shed skins, tiny white eggs, fecal material, and bed bugs to the surface.
- Inspect luggage, backpacks, book bags, duffel bags, sleeping bags, pocketbooks, briefcases, and other transportable items.
During your search, you may see a bed bug. It is essential to know how to identify bed bugs in all stages of development. You may have seen bed bugs on a news report, and you may think they are reddish-brown insects. These are the adults, not the baby bed bugs. What do baby bed bugs look like? Immature nymphs are milky white. If an immature nymph has had a blood meal, its abdomen will be red. So, seeing a six-legged bug that is white and red and 1/26 of an inch long is a bed bug sighting. As bed bugs develop, they become tan and eventually reddish-brown.
Bed bugs are seed-shaped and range in size from 1/26 to 1/6 of an inch long. They always have six legs and they are always somewhat transparent. Their transparent skin provides a view of blood or black feces on the inside of the insect.
When you find bed bugs in your home, what should you do? Should you be concerned? It is essential to understand what bed bugs will do inside your home if you don't take effective measures to stop them.
Bed Bug Infestations Only Get Worse With Time
At the first sign of bed bugs in your home, it is best to seek out Lawrenceville pest control. You can expect these insects to do a few things in your home. None of them are good.
- Bed bugs feed on blood, so they're going to bite you.
- Ongoing bite events can lead to anemia.
- Bed bugs continually reproduce and can grow a large population.
- Bed bugs will go home with friends and relatives that visit.
- Bed bugs can disrupt your sleep. There are many health implications associated with sleep loss.
Is professional pest control really necessary? Why not use DIY bed bug control methods when you find bed bugs?
Why Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control Usually Fails
Bed bugs have been outsmarting humans for a long time. There is a good chance they'll outsmart you too. Here are a few things you might not realize.
- If you throw your mattress, box spring, and bed frame out, there may be other bugs hidden in other places in your home. They don't just live in beds.
- If you use a product that promises to repel bed bugs, you're not likely to drive them out of your home because they don't live outside. These insects live near sleeping and lounging humans. We are their food source. Another point to consider is that they don't survive well on the blood of animals because they don't have legs like a tick or a flea. Bed bugs have legs made for crawling on smooth skin. Truth be told, they're not even fond of hairy humans.
- If you try to put encasements on your mattresses and box springs, bed bugs can still bite you. They may not be in your mattress or boxspring. They could be in a gap in your bed frame or nightstand.
- If you attempt to use traps to catch bed bugs in locations around where you sleep, these bugs may still feed on you while you watch television or work at your computer. They can feed on fully awake humans.
- If you buy spray to treat infested furniture, you're likely to have poor results. Bed bugs hide in tight spaces and dark voids. Sprays are topical and will only treat the surface.
- If you manage to spray a bed bug, it may not die. Bed bugs can shed their cuticles and develop new ones resistant to chemicals found in their environment. Some bed bugs are born with some immunities.
- If you buy space heaters and put them in bed bug-infested rooms, those insects are likely to find cold spots or they can move to other rooms to get away from the heat.
- If you use a steam vac on your mattress, box springs, or upholstered furniture—well, with this one, you may just exterminate some bed bugs, but will you get them all?
Do you see the problem? Bed bug control often fails because people don't know all that much about bed bugs. When bed bug elimination fails, it allows these bugs to continue to torment you mercilessly. Not cool.
How Professional Bed Bug Control Eliminates Bed Bug Infestations
At ProCare Pest Services, we use Integrated Pest Management to handle pest issues. It is the gold standard of pest control because it uses scientifically derived methods and products to manage pests with the least amount of control materials. If you have our team address your bed bug infestation, here are a few things you can expect:
- We will inspect your home to locate bed bug activity, warning signs, and conducive conditions.
- We will share our findings with you and help you select the right treatment plan for you, your family, and your pets.
- We will apply a multi-pronged approach to ensure no bed bugs elude treatment.
- We will follow up and evaluate the success of your treatment program.
- Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is your assurance that you'll get the results you want. If bed bugs appear after service, we provide service again at no additional cost to you.
It is best to control bed bugs when they first appear. Waiting can lead to misery and set you up for a future infestation. How? The bed bugs in your home can go home with people who visit you. If those people come back to visit you after your bed bug infestation has been corrected, guess what could happen? They may infest your home with the infestation you accidentally gave them. Do you see the problem?
If you're in Lawrenceville, reach out to ProCare Pest Services. Our highly trained and super-friendly technicians look forward to meeting and exceeding your expectations. You'll take notice of our strong work ethic and commitment to going above and beyond that earned us the Angie's List Super Service Award two years in a row. For answers to your questions or to request service for your Lawrenceville home, jump to our contact page. You don't have to live with those tiny, biting pests anymore.