Bed bugs are sneaky pests that hitchhike into homes. When considering how to control bed bugs, you need to know where they are hiding and how they got into your home in the first place. These answers will help you deal with the bed bugs in your home and help you to make the best treatment decisions. Join us as we look at facts about bed bugs, discuss a few natural treatment methods, and show you when is the right time to contact Lawrenceville pest control for assistance. Keep in mind that you don't have to read this article to get help for a bed bug infestation in your home. You can jump right to our contact page and connect with us immediately. The service team at ProCare Pest Services uses Integrated Pest Management, the gold standard in pest control, to address bed bugs and other common Lawrenceville pests. We'll help you find the right solution to your pest problem.
How Can I Tell If It's Bed Bugs In My Home?
There are a few ways to tell that you have a bed bug infestation. The most common way Lawrenceville residents detect bed bugs is by noticing bites, but this warning sign is easily mistaken for other problems.
- Bed bugs aren't the only bugs that bite.
- It can take hours or even days for bed bug bites to swell and acquire a rash, so you might think your bug bites are from an outdoor pest.
- Bites from bed bug nymphs are often slight, numerous, and rashy, making them look like an allergic reaction to something.
If you want to know for sure that you have a bed bug infestation, you need to be able to find other warning signs in your home. What you need to know first is where bed bugs hide. Use a flashlight and a probing tool to inspect the following places. Look for black feces, white eggs, shed skins, and bed bugs.
- Mattress and box spring seams
- Pillowcases, sheets, and blankets
- Holes and recesses in bed frames
- Holes and recesses in wooden bedroom furniture
- Baseboards, crown molding, and outlets
- The stitching on upholstered furniture
- Compressed spaces in furniture
- Bags, luggage, and pocketbooks
It is essential to know how to identify bed bugs if you see them. Does this sound strange? Everyone knows how to identify a bed bug, right? Not necessarily. While it is likely that you know what an adult bed bug looks like, you may not recognize a baby bed bug, which are the bed bugs you're most likely to see. Adults have a strong preference for staying hidden. Okay. So, what do baby bed bugs look like?
- Newly hatched nymphs have six legs and are about 1mm long.
- Newly hatched nymphs will be a milky color if they haven't had a blood meal.
- Nymphs have a bright red abdomen after taking a blood meal.
- Nymphs become a tan color as they develop, and you will see black feces in their abdomens if they haven't fed recently.
- A bed bug will become more opaque as it matures, but it will never become entirely opaque.
If you detect bed bugs in your home, what should you do? Are these pests dangerous? Do you need to eradicate them immediately? Let's take a moment to discuss the health concerns related to bed bugs.
Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?
In laboratory studies, bed bugs have demonstrated the ability to spread certain diseases. Fortunately, there are currently no reported cases of disease transmission from bed bugs to humans in the real world. Experts believe that bed bug behavior is the reason. Bed bugs prefer to feed on humans. They can't crawl on a furry animal easily. Along with this, they have a preference for human blood. Most diseases that impact human health are zoonotic (transferred from animals to humans) by insects, which puts bed bugs in a low-risk category. The good news doesn't end there. Bed bugs are also prone to feeding on the same person. They stay near their meal source and acquire blood meals repeatedly. Wait. That doesn't sound like good news. It is, actually. It means that if someone stays in your home and has a sickness that is not contagious but is transmittable by insects, bed bugs will be a poor vector. See? Good news! Now here is some bad news.
- Repeated bites from bed bugs will worsen in size and discomfort and may lead to anemia.
- Bed bugs can disturb sleep patterns or cause a lack of sleep, which can have many health implications.
- Little kids that get bed bugs bites can scratch the bites and make them open wounds. These wounds can become infected if not properly treated.
- Bed bugs can cause emotional stress for children.
It is best to get rid of bed bugs as quickly as possible. As you work to get rid of the bed bugs in your home, you need to consider how you got them so that you don't get more while getting rid of the bugs you already have.
Why Do I Have Bed Bugs In My Home?
There are many ways bed bugs can get into your home. Some of them may surprise you. These insects don't behave in the way you might think or infest the places you might expect.
- You're most likely to get bed bugs while on vacation. You don't have to be concerned about getting more bed bugs while getting rid of the ones you have if this is how you got them.
- You can get bed bugs at work if you work in a dark environment or put your belongings in a dark place with someone else's belongings.
- You can get bed bugs in a taxi, bus, or train.
- You can get bed bugs from your kid's daycare, school, or home your child has stayed at recently.
- You can get bed bugs when you visit a grandparent in assisted living. (Bed bug bites tend to be less severe for the elderly, so they often don't know they have an infestation.)
- You can get bed bugs from someone's home. Even the cleanest homes can have bed bugs, and a bed bug infestation can go undetected for months.
- Bed bugs can hitch a ride into your home within beds, couches, chairs, and voids within wooden furniture and electronics.
- Bed bugs can pass through walls from one apartment to another. Is your neighbor dealing with bed bugs? Hmm. That might be why you have them in your apartment.
There are many ways bed bugs can find their way into your home. Your infestation could begin with a single bug or a batch of eggs. When an infestation begins with a batch of eggs, you'll likely see numerous bites quickly. Keep this in mind.
Now that you know how bed bugs may get into your home let's talk about how to treat bed bugs to return your home to a bug-free state.
How Do I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In My Home?
There are two ways to deal with bed bugs: You can do it or have a professional do it. If your infestation is small and isolated, you may be able to deal with it yourself, but larger infestations require professional bed bug control. If you've found bed bugs in your home and want to know how to clean bed bugs up in infested areas, the following tips will help.
- Put dryer-safe items through a 30-minute dryer cycle to eliminate bed bugs in all stages of development.
- Put items that are not dryer-safe in a sealed plastic bag and place them in a freezer for four days. Prolonged freezing temperatures will have the same effect as heat on bed bugs.
- Perform an inspection of infested areas. Keep a vacuum at hand just in case you see bed bugs. When you see them, remove them quickly. Bed bugs may not wait around for you to suck them up.
- Vacuum your rugs routinely until you know the bugs are gone.
- Use the crack and crevice attachment to get bugs and their eggs out of tight spaces.
- Put laundry and bedding through a hot wash and a dryer cycle. The soapy water in your wash may be enough to eliminate bed bugs, but, for good measure, hit them with the heat of your dryer, and you're sure to finish the job.
These tips may be enough to address your problem. You can successfully control bed bugs if you catch them before they spread through your home. Contact a licensed pest management professional if you continue to see evidence of bed bugs. Reach out to ProCare Pest Services for industry-leading bed bug pest control in Lawrenceville. Bed bugs are notoriously hard to control when they find hiding places in voids, cracks, and gaps inside a home. Our technicians use a field-tested strategy that is known to get results. Professional bed bug control is the best way to control annoying pests that bite you while you sleep.