Let’s be perfectly honest here. There are very few insects that scare people more than bed bugs. The idea of little critters climbing all over us in the dark of night makes even grown men cringe. But possibly one of the most challenging things regarding bed bugs is how do you find them? Well, today we are going to show you the best way to find bed bugs.
Bed Bugs Are Small, But Cause Big Problems
Bed Bugs are small parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals. They are roughly 1mm to 7mm in length and are reddish-brown in color. They are predominately active only at night. Bed bugs greatly dislike light, so they are often hiding inside mattresses and inside walls and furniture.
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Every winter and spring there are thousands of people that flock to warmer climates in search of some reprieve from the bitter cold temperatures. They spend countless hours searching for the best hotel or vacation rental so they can soak up the sun on their vacation. People are so excited when they arrive, they throw their luggage on the bed and quickly head out to explore and play. What they fail to realize is that even though their accommodations look really clean and nice, there still might be a bed bug infestation hiding. Today, we are going to give you seven steps to make sure your hotel or vacation rental doesn’t have bed bugs.
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The first reaction to finding bed bugs is, “How do I get rid of these disgusting bugs?” Okay, maybe the first reaction is, “Oh NOOooo” or something a little stronger. But usually the next thought is, how do I get rid of bed bugs? Most times our first thought is to buy a spray can of some sort of chemical spray to eliminate these little beasts. We check the internet for DIY solutions then run to the store to buy whichever chemical has the best marketing package.
However, bed bugs are resilient little beasts. They can go for months without eating. That means when chemicals are introduced into the infested area, these bed bugs will escape and lay low until the effectiveness of the chemical wears off. The cycle then starts itself all over again. This might lead you to asking if there is ever a time to use chemicals when getting rid of bed bugs?
Josh Erdman, owner of Erdye’s Pest Control will explain more in this short video.
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Just the mention of bed bugs is enough to make most people cringe. From how easy it is to get them to how hard it can be to get rid of them, bed bugs are a problem that no homeowner wants to deal with.
How bed bug infestations happen
Bed bugs tend to first come in to a home as hidden stowaways. If you’ve recently been to a hotel or another person’s home where bed bugs were present, or if you have kids who have been in school, it’s very possible that a few of these little troublemakers might have found their way into your luggage, clothing or backpack. Once back at your place, bed bugs will move out of their travel digs and take up residence in the places around the house where they’re most comfortable (and usually most hidden).
Mattresses, of course, are a popular nesting spot for bed bugs, but it’s also pretty common to find them among clothing, dug into thick carpeting or hiding behind draperies. That is, if you CAN find them. Bed bugs are great at staying hidden – tucking themselves into crevices and creases – which not only makes them hard to find in the first place, but also that much harder to get rid of since it’s hard to be sure you’ve found them all.
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With summer just around the corner, many families are probably looking forward to hitting the road for a memorable vacation. Unfortunately, plenty of homeowners are likely to come back with more than just sunburns and some great snapshots – they may unwittingly bring home a few little pests as well.
We’re talking, of course, about bed bugs.
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