Let a Pro Put Your Bed Bugs to Rest
Don't let bed bugs rob you of a peaceful night of sleep. Put the infestation to bed and show those pests the door.
Having any unwelcome critters in your home is frustrating, but there aren't many pests quite as unsettling as bed bugs. Instead of enjoying your favorite cozy spot after a long day, you're left feeling irritated and anxious in a bedroom infested with bed bugs. Bed bugs may be a hassle, but there is hope. With the help of a pest control service, you can wave goodbye to those bed bugs and get back to a happy home.
The Bed Bug Breakdown
You guessed it; bed bugs love beds! Whether their new home is a twin or California king, these pests are happy to hang as long as there is a bed nearby. Hotel rooms and dorms tend to be popular spots for these bugs to reside. From there, bed bugs can hitch a ride from you and your luggage until they make their way into your home. Once inside, bed bugs don't require any special accommodations—clean, cluttered, or messy, bed bugs don't discriminate. As long as there is a bed or another comfy place to hide, there is a chance that bed bugs could end up in your home.
While bed bugs are often partial to the bedroom, they can also be found other places in your home. That means your couch or favorite reading chair are also susceptible to these creepy creatures. When they're not hanging on the bed or sofa, bed bugs like to wander to areas like carpets, headboards, drapes, or nearby fixtures, which become hot hiding spots.
Bed Bug Infestation Red Flags
You probably won't see a bed bug out in the open, but there are some red flags to watch. One of the most common signs of bed bugs is bed bug bites. These bites are small, red welts that typically appear in a cluster or zigzag line. Bed bug bites are often the first indication of an infestation, but be aware that they can look similar to other pest bites. To confirm you have bed bugs in your home, you'll want to look for other indications of this pest.
While we hope you never have to see bed bugs for yourself, it's important to know what to look for. There is a common misconception that bed bugs are too small to be seen, but that is not always the case. With a flat, oval-shaped body and reddish-brown color, bed bugs are actually about the size of an apple seed.
To search for signs of bed bugs, you'll first want to closely inspect your bed. These sneaky bugs usually leave behind rust-colored spots on your sheets and pajamas. Also, keep your eyes peeled for bed bugs lurking in the nooks and crannies of your mattress, headboard, and other nearby hiding spots. In severe cases you may find a bed bug right in your sheets.
If you suspect that bed bugs are becoming an issue in your home, it's important to get an inspection from a pest control service ASAP. A bed bug inspection will either put your mind at ease or prepare you for extermination.
Planning for Bed Bug Extermination
A bed bug infestation is one problem that's best to leave to the pros. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of and usually require more than one treatment. Some of the most common treatments for bed bugs include pesticides, heat, and fumigation.
If you have a small infestation, a pest control service may recommend pesticides as a simple solution. For larger infestations, pesticides are sometimes used in conjunction with another method. While pesticides are typically a go-to pest control solution, they aren't always the most effective at treating bed bugs. Bed bugs hide in a number of areas, making it difficult to reach all of their secret spaces with pesticide. Also, when pesticides are used in only one area, like a bedroom, they could cause the bed bugs to disperse into other areas of the home.
One beneficial bed bug extermination method is heat. With this treatment, a pest control service uses special equipment to heat the home to at least 120 degrees. At this temperature, both the bed bugs and bed bug eggs can't survive. As an additional benefit, the high temperature can also kill any mold and harmful bacteria that may be lurking in your home. Keep in mind that you typically have to be out of your home for eight to 12 hours with heat treatment.
In the most severe bed bug infestations, structural fumigation may be needed. In the fumigation process, the house is sealed with a large tent wrapping and pumped full of gas. The gas fills every crack and crevice and exterminates bed bugs and bed bug eggs. After extermination, the home is completely aired out and returned to a safe air quality. If you choose this method for your bed bug extermination, you will have to be out of your home for several days.
Better Homes & Gardens Tip: You may be tempted to throw all your sheets, comforters, and clothing away to clear out a bed bug infestation, but there is another way—heat! Steam cleaning, dry cleaning, or even a hot tumble in the dryer can help kill any remaining bugs hiding in your linens.