A bed bug problem is never a fun thing to deal with. These tiny hidden bugs that only come out at night to feast on your blood are definitely not an issue that anyone hopes to deal with. If you believe that you have a bed bug infestation on your hands, it’s essential to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. It can be difficult to determine if you do in face have a problem, and how severe the problem may be is complex to nail down too.
If you are waking up every morning with several new unexplained bites, your infestation is likely quite severe. Bed bugs don’t actually have to feed every night, so a few bites every night indicates that there are most likely a lot of the bugs hiding out within your bed. The good news is, bed bugs are not known to spread any type of dangerous illness, however they may cause an allergic reaction in very few individuals. For the most part, people with bed bug bites will get a red bump, inflammation, and a bit of itching.
Another sign that you have a more intense case is if you are able to visibly see several bed bugs. These critters are experts at hiding out without being noticed, so if you are actually seeing them roam about, they are likely running out of space to hide. It’s also important to note that bed bugs don’t stick only to your mattress. They can hide just about any item or area in your home. Inside nightstands, behind peeling wallpaper, inside chairs, and possibly even inside your electronics. The bugs are oval, flattened and brown, and are approximately 1/4" to 3/8" long. If you see any pests matching this description in your home, even if they aren’t in your mattress, there is a good chance they might be bed bugs.
If you have figured out that you do in fact have a bed bug issue on your hands, it’s essential to enlist the help of an experienced pest control expert right away. Bed bugs are incredibly difficult to exterminate, so professional help is almost always required. Bed bugs are quite flexible, and can easily go a year without feeding. They may even have developed a resistance to some of the chemical killers used, making these products useless. A professional pest control technician with experience dealing with bed bugs is usually your only hope for controlling the infestation.
Just because you have a bed bug problem in your home does not mean that you or your home is dirty. In fact, cleanliness has very little to do with it. Of course a home with a lot of stuff or clutter will give bed bugs more places to hide, but the cleanest home out there could be infested at any time. What makes a house more at risk for an infestation is frequent travel, buying previously owned items, or neighbors who already have an infestation. Bed bugs can easily catch a ride on any item that comes into your home, so if you visit a bed bug filled hotel or other place, they may latch onto your things and come home with you. Second hand items have an unknown past, so you may be purchasing your new couch from someone with an existing infestation. On top of all that, if you live in an apartment or other building with shared walls, whatever pest issue your neighbor is dealing with will likely become your issue at some point.
The best way to avoid bed bugs in your home is to do a careful inspection of any new items before they come into your home for signs of bed bugs, and to call an experienced pest control company as soon as you see any signs of bed bugs. These bugs are notoriously difficult to deal with, so leaving this up to the experts is definitely the best way to go.