Nothing can interrupt a night of sleep quite like an infestation of bed bugs. These insects come out at night to feast on the blood of humans and animals and leave behind itchy bites. They also have a relatively short lifecycle, which means that they can reproduce quickly and spread throughout your home. It is important to start treating your home at the first sign of an infestation. Keep reading to learn more about how these pests operate and ways to get rid of them permanently.
Identifying Bed Bugs
As the name suggests, bed bugs love to hide in your bed, but they can also be found in small cracks along dressers, in furniture upholstery and practically anywhere. If you suspect you may have bed bugs, the first place you should look is the seam along the edges of your mattress. Remove your bedding and use a flashlight to look for adult bed bugs. Also, be on the lookout for black dots, which indicates bed bug feces and red dots, which may be blood from bites. There might also be discarded exoskeletons that are left behind as the bugs mature.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
There is a misconception that bed bugs are associated with poor hygiene. In reality, bed bugs are experts at hiding in the smallest of spaces, so it is all too easy to inadvertently pick them up and bring them into your home. Most often bed bugs hitch a ride on suitcases and are transported during travel. That it is why it is important to be careful when you stay in hotels. Taks the time to inspect any hotel beds for signs of bugs. Also, place your luggage on the rack and not on the floor or the bed. You may also want to store your clothes in plastic bags. These precautions can help prevent you from bringing bed bugs home. Learn more about bed bug control.
How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs cannot survive high temperatures, so the easiest way to get rid of them is by heating clothes, bedding and even entire rooms. You can wash sheets, curtains and other fabrics and then place them in the dryer on high for 90 minutes. Steamers can also be used to heat furniture in order to kill adult bugs and eggs. However, if you want to make sure that the problem is resolved once and for all, you will want to call in the professionals.
At PMi Pest Management, we offer comprehensive bed bug control services. We will use the latest in heat treatment technology to evenly distribute heat throughout your home to effectively eliminate bed bugs. You won’t have to worry about repeat visits and an ongoing infestation. Call today to get a free estimate and schedule an appointment so that you can start sleeping more soundly.