So you have just received the news from your pest company specialist that you have a serious bed bug infestation in your home. How can that be? Bed bugs are only found in places with dirty or deplorable conditions right?
Wrong. The truth is bed bugs are everywhere! From high end luxury hotels and million dollar homes to run down apartment and housing complexes, bed bugs don’t discriminate and are happy to live and thrive in all of those environments.
How can a tiny insect the size of an apple seed cause such distress when we hear the words “you have a bed bug infestation” ? Simple, an insect that bites us and feeds on our blood while we are sleeping is really creepy(and gross!). Oftentimes, the first time a bed bug infestation is discovered is when a person wakes up with itchy bites and welps on their skin.
How do you get bed bugs? It is really not that hard:
1.Overnight travel and hotel stays
2.A trip to your favorite movie theater
3.Your child’s book bag
4.Luggage from a recent family vacation
5.Purse or Gym bag
6.Purchasing used furniture or mattresses
7.Offices or Schools
Being aware of the possible presence of bed bugs and following some simple travel tips may help prevent bringing these unwanted guests back to your home. Check out the following travel tips from Pest World:
If a pest professional has confirmed you do have bed bugs after a careful and thorough inspection, what comes next? First you should be commended on taking that very important first step. Oftentimes homeowners will try to treat bed bugs on their own with little to no success. The two traits of bed bugs that make them very hard to self-treat are:
1.Bed bugs can hide: under carpeting, in trim and crown moulding, in mattresses and mattress covers, inside of outlets, and in clothing and bedding
2.Bed bug resistance: Bed bugs are developing a resistance to traditional pyrethroid insecticides. As these chemicals become less effective, new and innovative bed bug control options are required.
Stay tuned for more information on bed bugs in our next blog. For tips on how to prepare for a bed bug treatment, EPA.Gov article attached below is excellent:
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