Everything You Need To Know About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs get their name from their favorite hangout—the bed. They are reddish-brown to brown and have a flat and ovular shaped body about the size of an apple seed. They range in size from about 1/6th of an inch to 1/8 of an inch.
Generally favoring the lower, foot-end of the bed, they feed on the feet and legs of people as they sleep. However, they are also found in furniture, clothing, and around warm spaces like heaters. Because they favor the warmth, they can also hide in electronics. The best way to visually inspect for them on your own is to check the creases at the bottom of your mattress for what looks like ground black pepper. They also leave small, red stains in bedding from expelled blood after a meal.
Do I have a bed bug infestation?
Visual confirmation is required to determine if you have a bed bug infestation. If you’ve seen a bed bug, then you have one. That’s because bed bugs have an extremely fast gestation cycle. They breed quickly, and if you don’t stop them quickly they can infest multiple areas of your home or even spread to friends and family. Your best option for bed bug relief is a qualified exterminator from Anteater Exterminating Inc.
How to check for bed bugs.
Bed bugs leave signs behind. Some of these may require a magnifying glass for a better look, but others will be very obvious. Look for the following:
- Bed bugs feed on you when you sleep. They frequently get crushed beneath bed sheets and beneath mattresses. If you find blood stains, it’s a big red flag.
- Bed bug feces looks like a tiny speck of a marker stain. It’s roughly the size of this dot. •
- Because bed bugs grow so quickly, they shed their shells often. These sheddings are pale yellow/whitish and look like an empty bed bug shell.
- Eggs and their casings are the same color as molted shells. They are pear-shaped and 1mm across.
- Live bed bugs are the most obvious sign. Lift your mattress and shine a light underneath it. Bed bugs will run for cover and you may seem them scurrying away.
How did I get bed bugs in my house?
Bed bugs get into the home a number of ways. One of the largest culprits is your own luggage. Bed bugs will hitch a ride during a vacation. If you stay in an infested hotel room or your luggage is packed next to infested luggage, they will sneak in. Because bed bugs are so flat and small, they can hide in a light socket. That makes luggage no match.
Also be very careful about purchasing second-hand furniture. Bed bugs commonly get into new homes this way. They can also travel into your home when guests come over. Just like how they hide in luggage, they’ll also hide in purses and packs. Inspecting everyone who comes inside is a bit much. If your guest has previously talked about bed bugs locally or in their own home, consider asking them what they have encountered and when.
Where do bed bugs hide?
These are sneaky pests. They are very small and like warmth. That means hiding places are typically near a food source in a warm area. Typical hiding places include:
- Anywhere the width of a credit card can fit. They have a thin profile, that makes nearly everywhere a hiding spot.
- Because they are warm, bed bugs like hiding in electronics and appliances. Look in and around heaters and heater vents.
- Drawer joints are also a common spot. Bedside tables should be inspected especially carefully.
- Wall hangings and wallpaper are good hiding places. Have a flashlight ready so you can spot any movement right away.
What can I do to prevent a bedbug infestation?
- When you buy second-hand items make sure to inspect them thoroughly. Bed bugs can go without feeding for over a year depending on the temperature. A cold storage unit could harbor bedbugs for a very long time. If you buy used bedding, furniture or mattresses be wary. The cost of an infestation is much greater than what you’ll save.
- If you’re going to a hotel, [highlight]always inspect the bedding first.[/highlight] Lift up the mattress and inspect the bed sheets. Look in the corners of the bed frame. Inspect the back of the headboard. Only place your luggage on the bed or furniture after an all clear inspection. If you find signs of bed bugs immediately leave the room with your luggage.
- If you travel, make sure to inspect your baggage on occasion. This can help you catch any signs of bed bugs before you bring them into your home.
- Protective mattress covers can help reduce the likelihood of bedbugs. Some leases actually require them.
How do I get rid of bedbugs?
The first thing you want to do is [highlight]call a local bed bug exterminator from Anteater Exterminating Inc.[/highlight] We will perform a thorough inspection and determine whether your not your home or business is infested. The second thing you want to do is take steps to keep the infestation from spreading. These steps can help keep your bed bugs contained until treatment can be started.
When you remove items from the room. Seal them in an airtight bag. These will need to be treated. Another option is to leave them in the bag until the bed bugs expire. Because of they are so resilient, this may take as long as 400 days.
Every time you vacuum you want to empty it into an airtight, sealed bag. This works best with bagged vacuums. Emptying a container style vacuum is no guarantee that bed bugs aren’t still hiding in it. You may want to consider purchasing a bagged model and discarding your existing vacuum.
Remove bed bugs from your furniture if you can. If you aren’t able to, make sure that no one else takes it home. This can best be accomplished by destroying the furniture. Make it complete un-usable. To be safe, you can take a marker and write “bed bugs” in a prominent area. This will keep it from being re-used.
Why do I need professional bed bug treatment and control?
Bed bugs are a menace. If you aren’t 100% positive that you can eliminate the problem, call in the professionals. Bed bugs can destroy your ability to get a goods night rest. The health problems they create aren’t just limited to bites and rashes. Don’t let bugs have the run of your home. Call us today.