How to Prevent Bed Bugs From Infesting Your Home
People always use the saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite”, but not too many people really think twice. Now you have to. Bed bug infestation situations have been on the rise in the recent years, almost doubling the amount before. Many people surprise the following questions, and in this article I will answer all of them:
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are very small in size, adults measuring only 4-5 millimeters long. They appear as small reddish, brown beetles. They look different depending on when their last meal was. Bed bugs appear flat and dark red or brown, but once they satisfy they will turn bright red from the blood and their body will shape out to be more round. The pests can drink three times their body weight.
Where can I find them? Bed bugs are nocturnal and most active right before sunrise. Beds, chairs, cushions, picture and bed frames, lampshades, draws, fractures in the wallpaper or furniture, and many other places in bedrooms are where bed bugs stay and where you will mostly likely find them.
I have a clean house (or I’m staying in a 5 star hotel), I won’t get them, right? False. Sharing clothes, sleeping at another persons house, or staying where a lot of people have been before are all ways to get these pests. Bad sanitation in not what attracts these pests, unlike every other pest. Bed bugs are attracted to human blood, which has nothing to do with how clean a house or hotel is. Carbon Dioxide that humans give off is what truly attracts the pests, so when people sleep the bug will detect where they are and crawl right up onto them. The number one cause of bed bug infestations is traveling. Whenever you stay in a hotel, there is a chance you will get bed bugs. The pests are very small so people are usually unaware they have them. When people who have bed bugs travel, some of the bugs will travel right along with them in their suitcase. Once they get to a hotel room or another house, the pests will leave the suitcase and travel in their new habitat, waiting for a new person to satisfy on.
How do I know if I have an infestation? The pests mostly bite at night, so people are usually unaware if they are getting bit. When a human gets bit, the bites appear as small red dots on the skin. There will usually be multiple bites in one collected area of your body. Exposed limbs when you sleep, like arms and legs, are exactly where the pests target. People sometimes get bed bug bites confused with mosquito bites, but remember that there will usually be multiple bites in one concentrated area instead of a few bites on different parts of your body. Check your mattress and sheets for red and brown dots. Once the pests bite, they will usually leave behind some blood stains.
How can I treat them? Many people feel they can treat an infestation with store bought pesticides. Wrong. People end up spending way too much money when they try and do it themselves because the pests keep coming back. Contact a specialized company closest. One solution you should do, however, is wash your clothes in hot water closest after you come home from a trip to prevent the spread of them into your house. Heat is the number one killer of these pests.