Bed Bugs Are More Common Than You Think
If you have ever felt something crawling on you during the night, you may have encountered a bed bug. Most of the time, people are completely unaware of who they are sharing their beds with. Bed Bugs are actually more common than you think. Unfortunately, one out of five Americans have had a bed bug infestation in their home or know someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
Bed bugs are most active at night but are not exclusively nocturnal. Most often their presence will go undetected. They often feed on animals or humans, leaving small red bumps behind. Bedbugs cling to clothing, bags, in or behind furniture and live up to a year without food. If you think you may have bed bugs, here are a few ways to identify them. Be sure to call a professional at the first sign of an infestation.
Signs you have Bed Bugs:
- Bed bug bites: bites will occur where there is any exposed skin. They prefer the face, neck, and arms of a sleeping person. The bites will usually produce a swelling of the skin and itchy, reddish spots may appear after the swelling subsides.
- Dark spots: tiny spots of feces, which look like dried specks of blood, will be found in dark corners and crevices.
- Blood smears: look closely and you may find blood smears on your pillows or sheets. This is caused by bed bugs being crushed after they have eaten.
- Skins: yellow skins will be left behind that nymphs shed.
Identifying Bed Bugs:
- The adults are flat and oval in shape. They are brownish/red in color and similar in size to a tick. They also do not jump or fly. However, they do crawl. Most often you will find them on your bed, near your head where they are attracted to the carbon dioxide you exhale. Most importantly, the first place you should look for bugs and their fecal spots are in the seams, folds, tufts, and on the labels or edges of the mattress. You can also find them hiding behind headboards. Other popular hiding spots for these bugs are in the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, and in the folds of curtains.
- Young bed bugs, or nymphs, are tan in color. They are smaller models of the adults and vary in size depending on their development stage.
- Bed Bug eggs, look like white specks of dust. They are about 1 mm in size and can be found in dark corners and cracks.
Bed Bug Prevention:
- Check second-hand furniture for any signs of bed bugs before bringing it home
- Use protective covers that encase mattresses and box springs.
- Reduce the clutter in your home so they have fewer places to hide
- Unpack directly into your washing machine after a trip and check your luggage carefully. Most importantly, when staying in hotels, put your suitcase on luggage racks instead of the floor.
How to rid your home of bed bugs:
- Wash and dry all your bedding and clothing at high temperatures.
- Use encasements for your mattress, box spring, and pillows to trap bed bugs and help detect infestations.
- Call a professional pest control company in order to get rid of a bed bug infestation safely and effectively.
Although home remedies for bed bugs may offer some success, we recommend calling a professional at the first sign of a bedbug infestation. At Beeline Pest Control we understand there is not just one solution for every bed bug problem. For this reason, we offer different types of pest control for bed bugs including; Thermal Treatment, Fumigation, and liquid insecticides. In addition, they are all safe and effective and will rid your home or business of a bed bug infestation.
Why Choose Us?
Beeline Pest Control is well known in the Colorado Springs area. With the thousands of bed bug treatments we have done, we are the preferred bed bug control provider for families and businesses in Colorado Springs. Our local knowledge is the key to our successful pest control and client satisfaction.
Beeline Pest Control offers residential, commercial, and multi-family housing pest management services. Even though there has been an increase in bed bug cases in recent years, we have proven success with the challenge. Bed bugs are more common than people may think and can be hard to eliminate with home remedies.
At Beeline Pest Control, we offer proven solutions with our unique bed bug management services in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. All of our solutions are safe for the environment, for your family and your pets. We are positive once you use our services, we will be your pest control company of choice. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call at (720) 863-6676