Did you know one out of every five Americans have either had bed bug problems or know someone who has? Bed bugs are a type of parasitic insects that feed on blood and are often found living in human environments. They are a nasty, uncomfortable nuisance, that is quickly becoming a global problem. Below we have identified where they come from, what signs you should be looking for, and in worst-case scenario how to treat them.
Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs can live virtually anywhere. They do not jump or fly but are excellent hitch-hikers and can be transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and various other objects. Your risk for bed bug exposure increases with any of the following situations:
- Purchasing or using second-hand furniture and mattresses
- Entertaining or being an overnight guest
- Staying in hotels, an Airbnb, college dormitories, boarding schools, friend’s place
What are the signs of bed bugs?
Did you get bit by something through the night? Did you wake up with an itch that you didn’t have the day before? You may have a case of bed bugs. Other common signs of bed bugs include:
- Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Red, itchy bites on the skin
- Unpleasing musty odor likely coming from the bugs’ glands
- Dark or rusty spots appearing on your sheets, pillowcases, or on the floor beside your bed.
- If you suspect a bed bug issue, strip the sheets off your bed and look it over carefully for any of the above signs of a bug beg infestation.
How do you treat bed bugs?
Although we highly recommend that you call a professional for bed bug extermination, below are a few DIY bed bug treatment tactics:
- Thoroughly wash all bedding, curtains, and clothing in extremely hot water and dry them. Place any stuffed animals, shoes, and any other fabric item that may not be able to be placed in the washer in the dryer on high. The high heat setting will help kill off any lingering bugs.
- Vacuum your entire room, mattress, and surrounding areas multiple times to pick up any surviving bed bugs. Once complete, immediately dispose of your vacuum cleaner bag in an outdoor trash can away from your home.
- Repair noticeable cracks in plaster, furniture, or peeling wallpaper to eliminate any future nesting areas
- Eliminate any excess clutter around your bed
- If your mattress is infested, we recommend disposing of it and replacing with a new one.
If you need a bed bug exterminator, you’re in the right place. Frame’s Pest Control has helped countless homes and hotels get rid of bed bugs. We’re experts in bed bugs removal so that you don’t have to be. We have developed a Pest control plan that offers both elimination of the immediate infestation and a temporary level of protection against straggling bugs and reinfection. To learn more about our pest control plan or to request a free quote, call us today at 1-800-252-8478.