How to Prevent Bed Bugs Porter, TX
Like any unwanted guest, it’s unsettling to discover the presence of bed bugs in your home. The thought of these pests working away mere inches from your body while you sleep can give you the willies, as well as the knowledge that they feed on blood…your’s, your family’s, and even your pet’s.
Unfortunately, you may not even realize you have a bed bug problem, because these creatures are like tiny insect ninjas. Especially in the case of a new infestation, you may not notice any signs of your problem for a while due to their talent for remaining hidden.
While this sounds horrible, the good news is that it’s possible to rid yourself of a bed bug infestation, often without having to dispose of your mattress or furniture, with professional pest control help like Accurate Insect and Pest Control.
The first thing you have to do is find them, and to do that, you need to know where they live.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found?
Before we start looking, let’s make sure we know what we’re looking for. Bed bugs are small, but not invisible. Adults, their young and even their eggs should be visible to the naked eye, as will the signs that they’ve taken up residence in your home. Look for small brownish stains as well as the actual pests themselves.
These bugs will most often be found in the furniture that gives them their name…your bed. Look carefully at the seams and piping that run along the edges of both your mattress and box springs, around and under the tags on each, and even in any cracks in the bed frame.
With a heavier infestation, you may see signs of these insects in other places in your bedroom, usually around cracks or seams. With their thin bodies, they can hide in very small places. Check for signs around electrical outlets, windows, under rugs, and even in other furniture.
At Accurate Home Services / Accurate Insect and Pest Control, we know that bed bugs are not limited to the bedroom. These bugs can be found in almost any room of the house, which is why a complete examination of your home should be done by the pros.
How to Identify Bed Bugs
While they might seem simple to identify, bed bugs look very similar to other insects that can be found in homes, including roaches and carpet beetles. Even seeds and lint can sometimes be mistaken for bed bugs and their signs.
Bed bugs have six different stages of development, with each one different in both size and appearance. However, it’s likely that you won’t notice any signs of their presence until adults are present. Bed bug eggs are about the size of a pinhead, while their young (called nymphs) are translucent, small and almost invisible to the naked eye.
Adult bed bugs are very visible, however. They are brown, or even a red color if they’ve fed recently. They have a flat, oval-shaped body about the size of an apple seed.
Bed bugs walk wherever they go; they don’t fly, jump or hop. With their ability to remain hidden, it’s very possible that you will determine that you have a bed bug problem without actually seeing one, as the signs they leave behind are usually the most visible sign that you may need the help of Accurate Home Services / Accurate Insect and Pest Control.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can be very hard to eradicate from your home for several reasons. These creatures can live for up to a year without feeding, so they can survive for months in empty rooms or homes. Also, bed bugs can breed extremely fast; if your bed bug treatments miss a single pregnant female, that one missed bug can turn into an infestation of over ten thousand insects in less than six months.
It’s important to make sure the job is done completely by a certified professional like Accurate Home Services / Accurate Insect and Pest Control that knows how to kill bed bugs. While there are “over the counter” products that claim to eliminate bed bugs, an exterminator can do a more thorough job. Remember, what you may think is a small, easily-handled pocket of these pests may be much worse than it first appears.
It’s a common belief that an easy way to rid yourself of a bed bug infestation is to throw out your mattress and furniture, but fortunately, that’s not always true. Accurate Insect and Pest Control / Accurate Home Services can sometimes help you avoid the expense of new bedding and furniture, depending on just how severe the problem is.
Despite their name, bed bugs are not limited to living in beds and bedding, which means removing your mattress is not enough to remove the bed bugs from your home.
Treatment of Bed Bug Bites
One of the worst things about an infestation of bed bugs in your home is the fact that they feed on blood, and bites are common. Bed bug bites can be large, itchy splotches on the body of the person bitten…or leave no noticeable mark. Different people react to bed bug bites in different ways, which is why a lack of bites doesn’t mean you don’t have an infestation.
While the itching and burning associated with these bites are annoying, there is good news. Bed bug bites are not known to transmit any diseases. The largest risk of health problems from bites is an infection if the bite area is scratched. Always consult with a doctor or medical professional when diagnosing treatments or medical issues.
No treatment is usually required for bed bug bites, although any treatment that helps control itching can be helpful. Depending on the severity of the bites, cold compresses, a mixture of baking soda and water, or any over-the-counter products designed to treat itching can be used.
In the world of infestations in your home, bed bugs are particularly difficult to eradicate. They can be hard to notice until the infestation is large, and even then, they can hide themselves away with ease.
The best way to completely rid yourself of these pests is with the help of pest control services like Accurate Home Services / Accurate Insect and Pest Control. We know what to look for, where to look, and what treatments are necessary for your home.
Remember, you may think you’ve eliminated the problem, but if one bug is missed, you could have thousands of them within months.