By now, we're sure you know something about bed bugs. Since the turn of the century, bed bugs have made quite a comeback in the United States. You probably know that bed bugs are insects that get into your home, hide in your bed, and bite you while you sleep. You may also know that you can pick these bugs up when you travel. But we're willing to bet that there are many things you don't know about bed bugs or how bed bug infestations work. Today, we're going to look at some misconceptions that may cause you to miss bed bugs hiding in your home or take steps that don't get rid of bed bugs. If you've been wondering how to detect bed bugs, what to expect from bed bugs in your home, and how natural pest control for bed bugs works, read on. Stick with us to the end and will tell you how your Pasadena pest control experts at Accutech Pest Management deal with bed bug problems. If you have bed bugs in your home and you want to speak to a professional as soon as possible, give us a call or connect with us through our contact page. While our blog posts are filled with lots of fun and helpful information, you don't have to read an article about bed bug control to address an infestation.
Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Home
It is easy to tell that you have a bed bug infestation, right? You just look for lots of bug bites when you wake up. Unfortunately, this is not the case at all. If you're waiting to see bug bites, you may allow these insects to infest your home for months or even years. Here are a few things you should know.
- Bed bug bites are often slight at first. In fact, you can get bitten by a bed bug and have no reaction at all. That means you don't get a bump, itch, or rash.
- When you start to see rashy bumps on your skin, you may not realize they're bug bites. There are many things that can cause a bumpy rash, such as an allergy to food or clothing.
- You may find bites on your skin later in the day, but not notice them when you wake up. It can take hours for bed bug bites to swell, itch, and acquire a rash. Seeing bites later in the day might make you think outdoor insects are biting you.
- Bed bugs thrive in cluttered spaces and can get into kids' rooms and bite kids for a while before the bites are noticed.
- Senior citizens have less of a reaction to bed bugs. If bed bugs get into the bed of your parents or grandparents, they may go undetected until the bugs grow a population and spread to other parts of the house.
While bite wounds are one of the early signs of bed bugs, you can't count on bites to let you know that you have an infestation. You need to learn where bed bugs hide so you can search for them and take action when you find them.
Does Having Bed Bugs In My Home Mean It's Dirty?
There is a common belief that dirty people get bed bugs, and there is a stigma attached to having a bed bug infestation. While bed bugs can do well in a cluttered home, clutter is not a prerequisite to getting a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs don't choose where they live, they spread passively from one location to another. What happens is they climb into or lay eggs in an object, and then we move the object. That's how bed bugs spread. Once they get to a new location, they do what they did at the last location. They find a place to hide near a source of food, come out in the dark to feed, and grow their population. They'll do this in the cleanest of homes. Poor sanitation does not invite a bed bug infestation. It is important to understand this fact. Why? Because you can get bed bugs in places you wouldn't expect. You can get them in a five-star resort or from the home of a friend or family member. Bed bugs thrive when people don't understand how they spread. Knowledge is the key to prevention.
Why You Can't Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own
Knowledge is not only the key to prevention; it is the bedrock of effective bed bug control. There are many ways people attempt to get rid of bed bugs, ways that just don't work. Let's take a look at a few examples and discuss why they fall short of addressing bed bug infestations.
- You won't stop a bed bug infestation by putting a space heater in a room. While heat can eliminate bed bugs, it must be applied appropriately. Putting a space heater in a room will just cause the bed bugs to spread to other rooms. They can get into wall voids and move between rooms easily. They may also just hide in a cold spot that is shielded from the heat.
- You won't stop bed bugs by using repellents. There are many smells that bed bugs don't like, but you won't drive these bugs out of your home with these smells. Bed bugs don't live outdoors. They do not want to go outside. They'll do everything they can to stay in your home. What is most likely to occur is the bed bugs will just get used to the smell.
- Traps can capture bed bugs but won't stop an infestation. Bed bugs work together to avoid danger. If you catch some bugs in your traps, the others will learn to avoid your traps. The bugs you find in your traps will only be a fraction of the population in your home, and the bed bugs will grow their population faster than you can eliminate them.
- Mattress encasements are useful, but only a partial fix. When you put a mattress or box spring inside an encasement, the bugs inside can't come out to bite you while you sleep. Encasements also prevent bed bugs from using your mattress or box spring as a hiding place. Unfortunately, your bed isn't the only place where bed bugs can hide. They can hide under the feet of furniture, along the edges of carpets, behind baseboards, inside electric outlets, and more. If they're hiding outside of your mattress and box spring, encasements won't solve your problem. They're only one piece in the control puzzle.
There are many ways bed bug control may fail. We don't recommend using treatment options from the internet. Instead, learn how to clean bed bugs up in infested areas. It begins with using a vacuum to suck bed bugs up from the cracks and crevices in which you find them. A strong vacuum can stop an infestation in some cases. Along with this, put bedding, clothing, and other dryer-safe items through a thirty-minute dryer cycle. If you want to use heat to eliminate bed bugs, this is the way to do it. A detailed inspection, quick use of a vacuum with a crack-and-crevice attachment, along with heating items that may have bed bugs in them, will provide far better results than going after bed bugs with control products. When control products are needed, it is best to have an experienced and trained professional apply these products in a way that will effectively eliminate the bed bugs in your home. Let's take a look at how this works.
The Best Way To Completely Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
If you are in Pasadena, contact Accutech Pest Management to get local pest control for bed bugs. We use a strict protocol to effectively arrest bed bug infestations. It begins with an inspection. We search for and locate bed bug activity in your home and share our findings with you, so that you know for sure that you have bed bugs. The data from the inspection is used to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. The products we use are trusted materials that are known to eliminate bed bugs effectively, and our licensed technicians apply the materials in a way that prevents bed bugs from evading the treatment. We may treat the whole house or a single room, depending on your infestation and your needs. After your treatment, we will follow-up in thirty days. When bed bug control in Pasadena is performed by an experienced professional, the best results are achieved. Knowledge is the key to success. If you'd like to speak with us about meeting with one of our knowledgeable pest professionals, give us a call. We would love to hear from you.
Bed bugs are miserable pests and it is easy to add to your misery by attempting to get rid of bed bugs without success. But you don't have to let the bed bugs bite. Get help today.
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