Bed Bugs Enter Homes By Hiding In Clothing And Furniture
January 23, 2018
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs can infest any home, regardless of cleanliness. Bed bugs are often brought into homes or hotels from the outside by inconspicuously hitching rides in luggage, clothing, furniture, and fabrics. Due to their minuscule size, bed bugs can propagate right under a homeowner’s nose.
These pests do not spread disease, but parasites human hosts by sucking their blood while they sleep. Bed bugs do not travel long distances under their own power, so they’ll almost always nest very close to their human hosts, most often in bed frames, mattresses, or carpets beneath beds.
One of the most important aspects of bed bug control is accurate identification. Bed bugs are very small reddish-brown pests with flat bodies, which allows them to hide in cracks in furniture and even in the seams of fabric without being noticed. Like many insects, bed bugs are attracted to warmth, which means that they like to congregate where humans remain stationary for long periods of time, like armchairs and beds.
It’s important to remember that bed bug infestations can spread from room to room within the same house, so just because you’ve treated one bedroom doesn’t mean that these pests have been taken care of for good. Even if the bed bugs themselves seem to be evading you, you can often tell where they’ve been by the appearance of small blood stains and bed bug fecal matter in the form of rust-colored smears on upholstery.
There are a number of measures that a pest control expert can take to efficiently and thoroughly remove bed bugs, and to mitigate the risk of these pests returning to your home. For example, heat treatments are one important aspect of the removal process, as neither bed bugs nor their eggs can survive extreme temperatures. There are also a number of sprays and pesticides that your pest control expert may choose to employ - depending on the situation - in order to get the infestation under control.
If you suspect that bed bugs have made their way inside your home, get in touch with your local pest control professional right away. The longer you leave a bed bug problem, the more opportunity these pests will have to spread to other parts of the house, and the more expensive the removal process will be in the long run. In order to keep bed bugs out of your home, to begin with, always remember to carefully inspect all of your clothing and luggage upon returning home from a trip, and take the precaution of washing all clothing in hot water right away.
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If bed bugs or other pests have made unwanted appearances around your home or business, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced bed bug removal experts.