From spiders and roaches to mice and termites, there are many pests that can affect not only your home, but also your finances. Unfortunately, certain pests can wreak havoc on your health, too. Bed bugs, for instance, are a feared pest and because of their unsightly nature and ability to bite and feed on you and other family members, it is easy to see why you would want to understand and treat a bed bug infestation. This guide will help you detect and treat a bed bug infestation at home.
Signs of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs may be small, but they can be seen if you know what you are looking for. First and foremost, it is important to note that just because their name suggests it, bed bugs do not only infest beds.
Not only should you inspect your mattresses, box springs, sheets, comforters, headboard, and foot boards, but you should also inspect nightstands, window treatments, furniture, and even baseboards around your home for signs of these bugs.
On average, bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. They are oval-shaped and will appear brown or reddish brown in color.
If you have bed bugs, you will most likely see them. However, there are other signs of a bed bug infestation.
Unexplained bite marks on your skin could signify that you have bed bugs. You may also see spots of blood on your sheets and bedding. Bed bugs leave behind fecal matter after feeding, as well. This matter will be dark brown and black with hints of red because they feed on blood.
Treating Bed Bugs
Because they breed and lay eggs quickly, you need to contact a specialist as soon as you see signs of bed bugs. Fortunately, bed bug removal is possible.
Pest control professionals will inspect your home to determine the extent of the infestation and the best option for treatment.
Different insecticides may be applied throughout your home. Your furniture will be treated with a safer insecticide that does not have any adverse effects on you and your family. A dust-like insecticide will also be used to treat cracks and crevices in and around your home, preventing bed bugs from coming in after treating the actual furniture and interior of the home.
Heat treatments are also recommended for bed bug infestations. Specialized heaters are brought into the home, increasing temperatures to the point where bed bugs and their eggs will die quickly and effectively.
Bed bugs are not life-threatening, but they can threaten your overall home and well-being. This guide will help you detect and treat a bed bug problem.