Creepy, crawly parasites have no business in your home, hiding in your furniture, lurking in your clothing or worst of all laying eggs in your bedroom. Bed bugs are a year-round nuisance whose presence tends to heighten during the summer months as these hitchhikers easily tag onto vacationers in the warmer weather, who then discretely transport them anywhere and everywhere. Should you experience an unfortunate encounter of the bed bug kind, here are steps to consider to manage and treat bed bugs.
Bed Bugs: Bites, Treatment & When To Call The Experts
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
The first step is to be sure you’re dealing with genuine bed bugs. These pests are masters at the game of hide-and-seek and can be difficult to detect in the daylight hours.
Bed bugs are wingless insects that have a distinct reddish brown color with oval-shaped bodies that tend to be about the size of a sunflower seed. They are foul-smelling, have a distinct antenna, and beak-like mouth used for sucking blood from their human hosts.
Where Do Bed Bugs Live?
Secrecy is the name of the game for bed bugs and they tend to gather and collect in areas including furniture seams and corners, pockets of couches, and under cushions and mattresses where they may be difficult to find.
Clothing piled on the floor or items stored under beds are also desirable nesting areas as bed bugs tend to thrive in spaces that are cluttered.
Bed Bug Bites
One way to affirm the presence of bed bugs is to find evidence of their bites. Bed bugs feast on human blood and are said to devour as much as six times their weight in a single feeding. While the human host may not realize they are they the main course at the moment, identifying the classic itchy raised welts left behind is a sure sign bed bugs have found their way into your home.
How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
While the thought of bed bugs may be enough to make your skin crawl, there is no substitute for professional services to eliminate the problem. The experts at AJB pest professionals will work closely with you, guiding you through a clear and effective process using multiple techniques to rid your home of bed bugs once and for all.
Contact us with questions today for a better night’s sleep tomorrow!
You or your child wakes up in the morning with a strange red bump. Your first thought? Bed bugs! While it’s a valid and growing concern, understanding more about bed bug infestations – how they occur, how to prevent them and how they are treated – will help ease your mind.
Bed bugs have been around since Medieval times and had all but disappeared with the use of DDT, but globalization through worldwide travel and discontinued use of dangerous pesticides means that bed bugs have returned and can affect anyone.
Bed bug infestations occur through transfer. Someone brings a bed bug home on a suitcase, a bag or even a purse. Bed bugs can survive months without a meal but once they have the opportunity to find a victim, they will feed and the infestation cycle starts.
Bed bugs exhibit a feeding pattern of 5 to 10 minutes at site and typically bites occur in clusters. Most people do not feel the bite when it occurs because the saliva of the bed bug contains an anesthetic which temporarily increases blood flow and numbs the skin. Only certain people actually even react to bed bug bites.
Once the bed bug has finished the meal, they will leave and hide. They spend time digesting their meal and when they find another bed bug, which can be months later, they mate and lay eggs.
So, what do you do if you think you have a bed bug bite? First, look for bugs. If you find something, capture it to show to your exterminator. Next, call a qualified exterminator. Never try to treat bed bugs on your own. An exterminator will inspect your home or office and recommend the best treatment if bed bugs are present. Often, with a single bite, we may find that there are no bed bugs at all but can determine what caused the bite and recommend other safe and effective treatment options.
To assess and treat bed bugs or other pests, contact AJB Pest and Termite today!