Finding bed bugs in your home or business can be both challenging and frustrating. Bed bugs are small insects that feed off the blood of both animals and humans. The body shape of these pesky insects is oval and brown in appearance. Because they are very small it may be hard to see them with the naked eye. Once adults their bodies are known to be reddish in color as there is a likely chance they have had their first meal. Physical signs of infestation are often left behind and these tiny insects will find accommodations in many places throughout your home, typically somewhere they’re able to easily access their food supply.
Knowing the signs of a bed bug infestation is the first step in understanding hwo to handle the problem. One would assume an obvious sign of an infestation could be bites on the skin since these insects feed on blood. This however isn’t true. While some may notice bites on the skin, they are not the most common signs. If you have suspicions, during the regular cleaning of your home and bedding there are signs to look for. Dark spots on bedsheets (excrement), reddish stains caused by the bug being crushed, and egg shells or pale yellow skins that have been shed are visual signs. In addition be on the lookout for the most obvious sign, live bed bugs. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are found in many places, not just beds.
Bed bugs can be quite the nuisance for you home or business. These pesky insects make their way into cracks and crevices or anywhere they can be close to a human environment. Most often found in beds, they will also conceal themselves in electrical switchplates, furniture crevices, behind baseboards, wallpaper and even picture frames. When found in bed parts, they can be seen in box springs, mattresses and other folded areas. Surprisingly enough, bed bugs can also seek temporary shelter in cars, busses, and trains. Because of their resilience, they may hitch a ride on backpacks, suitcases and even shoes to make their way into your home. Their ability to hitchhike makes them a potential problem for everyone. Once you’ve discovered your home has a bed bug problem, next comes understanding what to do when you see them.
The discovery of bed bugs may feel like the end of the world, but it can be managed. It is imperative to find an infestation early as it ensures it doesn’t spread throughout your property. Infestations at their core are an inconvenience, but treating a minor infestation is much easier and far less costly than if it becomes widespread.
Small infestations can be challenging to find and difficult to identify. Misidentification can and will allow more time for a small problem to grow into a much larger one. It is important to be sure the signs you see are in fact from bed bugs. Sometimes other insects, like carpet beetles, are mistaken for bed bugs. Although it is possible to treat a bed bug infestation yourself, it can be more effective to hire a professional. Both chemical and non-chemical approaches are available to rid your home of pests. When used in combination with each other, called integrated pest management, one will have the best chances for success.
Taking on bed bugs can be a challenging and annoying task, but it can be done. If you choose to rid your home of these nuisance pests yourself, be sure to do your research on the types of products available. Should you decide to hire a professional pest control company, ensure that you check the company’s credentials before letting them treat your home.