Getting Rid of Bed Bugs: What to Know, What to Do
Bed bugs, once a common scourge in many households, have seen a major resurgence in North America over the past 2 decades.
What is a Bed Bug? What do Bed Bugs look like? Where do Bed Bugs come from?
Bed bugs are found all over the world, and in every province and state of Canada and the US.
These insects are no bigger than an apple seed, in fact at most life stages they are even smaller. They are dark brown in colour, and since they avoid well-lit and exposed places they can go unseen without deliberate inspection.
Any home can fall victim to an infestation from these tiny pests, as bed bugs are known for their very efficient hiding and their ability to ‘hitch rides’ into the home on clothing, bedding, and furniture. Any item exposed to bed bugs which offers even the tiniest of hiding spots, can be a first-class ticket to a new home for invading.
Once infested, bed bugs spread easily throughout homes and apartment buildings. The bed bugs feed on human blood and even though they are not dangerous, the bites often itch, swell, and greatly distress people in the home.
How Can I Prevent Bed Bugs?
Hotels and motels are popular places for bed bugs to set up camp, where they frequently come home in the luggage of unsuspecting travelers. Bed bugs can even live on trains, cruise ships, in movie theatres, in laundromats, and elsewhere. They can survive for months without feeding, and can live in very low temperatures.
These factors, along with their superior hiding skills, make it easy to pick up bed bugs. It can happen while traveling, when new items come into the home such as used furniture or appliances, when you move, or even when someone in your building has an infestation.
To prevent bed bugs on a trip, inspect hotel rooms carefully for signs of an infestation and if you see any, request a new room at least 2 floors away. Keep your luggage off the floor. The bathroom is the least-frequent place to find a bed bug, so many travelers keep their luggage in there. When you return home, wash all clothing in hot water, whether it was worn or not. Check out our Bed Bug Travel Kit / Survival Tips.
To prevent bed bugs at home, never bring home mattresses, sofas, or other items that were left at the curb. When you have guests, who have been traveling or have been exposed to bed bugs, launder their clothing in hot water. If you live in a high-risk place such as an apartment building with frequent infestations, you might want to invest in a special mattress cover that can stop bedbugs from hiding in the soft crevices of your mattress.
I think I might have bed bugs, how do I know for sure?
Many people experience insect bites or see strange insects in their home from time to time, but what should you do if you think you have bed bugs? Bites are often the first indication someone has that bed bugs are present in their home. The bites are usually in a cluster or line formation, often occurring in threes. Even so, it can be very difficult to distinguish bed bug bites from other insect bites such as ticks and mosquitos, so you will need to thoroughly inspect your home for signs of bed bugs.
The only true way to diagnose bed bug bites is to see live bed bugs, though this presents a challenge as they are known for hiding well.
To inspect your home, browse pictures of bed bugs online at various life stages, so you know exactly what you are looking for. Begin to check for bed bugs behind paintings, outlet covers, baseboards, and light fixtures. Lift the corners of your mattress and inspect the edges for bugs themselves, or for dark brown dots from their fecal matter.
Any bed bug sightings, or enough secondary evidence such as bites, fecal spots, and shed skins of bugs, should signal to you that you need professional bed bug treatment before the problem gets worse.
What do I do now?
Don’t panic, while they are unpleasant bed bugs don’t spread diseases like ticks and some other pests do. Even still, bed bugs need to be professionally treated to avoid more serious infestation, and to avoid spreading the pests to neighbours, visitors, or other places you frequent.
The internet is brimming over with articles touting ideas for how to kill bed bugs yourself. While it might be tempting to spare yourself the extermination fee and try a natural method, the truth is that there simply is no best way to treat bed bugs without an exterminator.
DIY remedies are not only ineffective but can also be dangerous – we have heard of fires being started when people attempt their own ‘heat treatments’ at home.
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of and attempts to handle an infestation yourself will almost certainly fail, and ultimately lead to a situation where you need more treatments to get rid of the bed bugs completely.
This means more expense, more preparation, and more time spent dealing with the distress of having bed bugs in your home. So if you see bed bugs, or have signs of an infestation, call us for a free quote and get your bed bug infestation in check right away
What can I expect during treatment?
Our team of professionals uses cutting-edge treatment methods, proven by science and by our satisfied customers. Preparation for treatment includes washing and bagging clothes and linens, thoroughly vacuuming, and some other crucial details to ensure your treatment is successful.
Our staff will explain the steps in detail and offer tips and advice for preventing a re-infestation in the future. We service Kawartha Lakes north to Minden, Peterborough and south to Port Hope and Cobourg. Just give us a call to find out how we can help you tackle your bed bug problem immediately. We will be there to guide you through the process every step of the way.
We know how to get rid of bed bugs for good.
Don’t let bed bugs become a major hassle in your life.
Contact Dave’s Quality Pest Control today for a free quote, and let the experts get the job done right the first time.