What are bed bugs?
Many believe that bed bugs are too small to see, but that isn't true. They are about the size and shape of an apple seed! The reason people think they are too small to see is they are nocturnal, external parasites that hide in tight crevices. Usually, adults will only come out at night to feed and hide during the day, so people don't normally see them.
Bed bugs have flat, reddish-brown bodies that become swollen and redder after taking a blood meal. Although these pests will feed on animals, they prefer people because we don't have thick fur to get past. Preventing bed bugs from entering your home is important as these pests can be very difficult to detect and eliminate.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
While bed bugs don't transmit diseases, they can still affect people's health. Scratching bed bug bites can lead to secondary infections, and in cases of severe infestation, anemia can occur. Having an infestation of these pests in your home can be extremely stressful and lead to restlessness, insomnia, and other mental health concerns. Bed bugs can also affect your pets!
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
If you keep your home clean, you might be perplexed as to why you have a bed bug problem. Unfortunately, a clean home doesn't mean you are not susceptible to these pests. The most common way bed bugs infest a property is by unknowingly being carried inside. People can pick up bed bugs in public places such as theaters, offices, schools, transportation hubs, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, motels, and more. They also hitch rides on secondhand items brought onto a property where they have access to hosts.
Where will I find bed bugs?
If you think bed bugs are only found around beds and sleeping areas, you are not alone. It is a common misbelief that bed bugs stay in these areas. Although beds are hot spots for these pests, they can spread throughout a home, hiding in furniture, carpets, curtains, appliances, electrical outlets, and more. As an infestation grows, they will make through way into tight cracks and crevices they find in your home.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
As you've read above, bed bug infestations spread throughout a house and are not just concentrated in one area, so getting rid of these pests on your own is almost impossible.
The best way to handle bed bugs is by contacting us at Morton's Pest Control. Our residential exterminators and commercial pest technicians in Huntsville are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to bed bugs. We aim to remove any infestation quickly and effectively, so you and your family can get back to living in a pest-free environment.
Call us at Morton's Pest Control for more information about our bed bug control services or to have us remove these stressful pests from your home.
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
The best way to prevent future bed bug infestations is by being mindful of where you place your belongings in public places. Take the following steps to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you:
- Keep bags, coats, and other items off floors, especially carpets.
- Before returning home, check your belongings and your children's backpacks.
- Thoroughly inspect any hotel or motel room you are staying in and always use a luggage rack.
- Limit bringing secondhand items into your home, checking and cleaning any that you do.
- Use protective mattress and box spring covers.
If you see signs of bed bugs in your home, contact us at Morton's Pest Control immediately.