Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite
The old childhood rhyme doesn’t convey how horrifying most people find a bed bug infestation. These pests feed on the blood of you (and your pets, if you have them) and are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Professional help is a must.
Bed bugs are small, oval brown bugs that are about the size of an apple seed. They live on the blood of humans and animals. They do not fly and are mainly active at night, feeding on the blood of people as they sleep. The bug bites are initially painless, but over time you may develop itchy welts and some people develop and allergic reaction or rash.
Bed bugs are hitchhikers. You can get bed bugs from people, clothing, backpacks or luggage. If you live in an apartment and another tenant has bed bugs they may spread to your apartment. Look for these signs of bed bugs:
- Blood stains on sheets or dark spots of bed bug excrement.
- Egg shells or shedding skin and a musty odor from the bug scent glands.
Because bed bugs can live between 100-300 days without eating, it is difficult to eliminate them. You should remove all bedding, linens and curtains and wash them in hot water. Vacuum the surrounding area and empty the vacuum immediately after. Remove any clutter, as the tiny bugs like to group together in hidden places. We’ll help advise you as to other protective steps. Call us today for an inspection.
Did you know?
A bed bug infestation does not mean you’re dirty. It can happen to anyone. If there are bugs in a hotel room or public conveyance, they can stow away in your suitcase and get inside your home, for example. Eradicating an infestation will take both professional help and your personal dedication, as it can take extreme measures to permanently eliminate these parasites.