Did your mom say it to you when she put you to bed at night? You know the saying, “goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” We all know about that much about bed bugs. They’re bugs that live in beds and they tend to bite people. But what else should we know about these nasty little pests, and what pest control methods can be used to eliminate them?
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are flat, brown bugs that feed exclusively on human or animal blood. Yes, you heard that right. They are only active at night and get their name because they love to make their nests in soft, dark environments where people spend the most time. So they are often found nesting inside mattresses, couches, and even in clothing. In all forms, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye but are often missed because they hibernate during the day.
What Do I Do If I Find One?
If your home is infested with bed bugs it may be time for a serious purge. In big cities, they are often transferred from one dwelling to another in used furniture. If this sounds familiar to you it may be time to splurge for a new mattress. Make sure you strip your bed and wash your sheets, towels, and clothing in hot water. But most importantly, you should call a pest control professional to ask about bed bug treatment to ensure these pests are gone for good.
Will They Make Me Sick?
While bed bugs will often cause itching and inflammation in their victim it is highly unlikely for a person to be infected with any kind of disease. However, for most people, the simple idea of being bitten in bed at night is enough to creep them out.
How Did They Get Here?
We mentioned how easy it is for bed bugs to travel into your home in used furniture. But that isn't the end of it. Bed bugs can travel in on any soft surface including clothing, soft-sided luggage, purses, or rugs. If you think you’ve been in an area where you might have picked up bed bugs it's wise to carefully treat your belongings before bringing them back into your home.
Just like the infestation of any bug, it’s always much easier to stomach if you have a powerful pest control team on your side. It’s never too late to call Holder Pest Control to eliminate your bed bug issue, however, it will be easier to control the sooner you allow the professionals to get to work. For more information about how you can schedule a free consultation, contact us today.