February 5, 2020
Identifying Bed Bug Activity in Your Beaumont Home
Bed bugs have grown increasingly prevalent in the past 20 years, and with their increased prevalence, myths around them have increased as well. Rumors that bed bugs are too tiny to be seen by the naked eye, that they fly, or that they only bite at night are all untrue.
The real story on bed bugs is that they are small insects that feed solely on birds and mammals. But because of their small size, they can be difficult to detect before an infestation has grown out of control. While baby bed bugs are about the size of the tip of a pen, adult bed bugs are easier to spot. About the size and shape of an apple seed, an adult bed bug has a reddish-brown oval body. Depending on whether or not it has fed recently, a bed bug may be flat, or they may look like tiny brown balloons.
What is the First Sign You Have Bed Bugs in Beaumont?
Most people don't realize they have a bed bug problem until they find bites on their bodies. Bed bug bites are painless but later turn into itchy welts. A bed bug may bite any area of the skin that is exposed while sleeping.
Other signs of bed bugs include blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases, and dark or rusty spots of bed bug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bedclothes, and walls. You may also find egg shells or shed skins in places where the bugs hide.
How Bed Bug Infestations Start - and How to Prevent Them
Contrary to some misconceptions, bed bugs are not attracted to filth or decay. They can live in any environment as long as they have a food source. While hotels and motels are common places for someone to pick up bed bugs, they can also come from offices, public transportation, theaters, and guests staying in your home.
To avoid bringing bed bugs into your Beaumont home, try not to rest bags or luggage on the floor in public spaces, and check second-hand furniture, beds, and couches before bringing them into your home. Use a protective cover on your mattresses and box springs to eliminate hiding spots. Additionally, frequent vacuuming can remove successful hitchhikers before they reproduce and start an uncontrollable infestation.
How to Get Rid of a Bed Bug Infestation
Do-it-yourself approaches to removing bed bugs have some risks involved. The biggest risk is that they won’t effectively eliminate an entire infestation. Pest-control bombs or foggers that are available over the counter don't work well against bed bugs. The quick reproduction of a bed bug along with their ability to hide makes these difficult pests to eliminate without professional pest control. Furthermore, using at-home methods can expose people to toxic chemicals. Aerosol insecticides have either pyrethrin or a pyrethroid as a main ingredient, which bed bugs have been known to become resistant to. Spraying a bed bug directly might kill it, but that is not going to get rid of the entire infestation.
The professional pest control team at Bill Clark Pest Control is experienced in the complete removal of bed bug infestations. If you believe bed bugs have taken up residence in your home, contact Bill Clark Pest Control to stop the outbreak today.
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