You don’t ever want to think about bugs crawling on you, biting you while you sleep. It sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel and for most it’s enough to make your skin crawl. That nightmare is a reality for people dealing with bed bug infestations. Once those tiny bugs are in your home or business, they commonly become the cause of many sleepless nights.
Bed bugs are a growing problem all over the country. No matter how clean your house, no matter how high class and upscale your business is, it doesn’t matter. Bed bugs have been found in 5-star hotels, hospitals, homes, apartments, libraries and even in movie theaters.
The more people travel, the more bed bugs travel. Bed bugs are known for being hitchhikers. They can catch rides on clothing, used furniture and luggage. The length of the trip is nothing to them since they can go for several months without eating. Once they get inside, these smart bugs hide in cracks, crevices and folds in areas such as furniture, mattresses, box springs and blankets.
Bed bugs can be tough to spot since they generally only come out at night to eat. If these crawly critters weren’t creepy enough, they also send out a chemical similar to an anesthetic so you don’t feel them biting you. While these bugs are not known to spread any diseases, the bites can be red and itchy.
To prevent bed bugs from causing you headaches and stress down the road you can try following these tips:
Check the cracks and crevices of mattresses when traveling. You’re looking for small, reddish, brown bugs.
Wash all of your clothing in hot water when you return home from a trip.
Keep luggage up off the floor when staying in a hotel or motel. Also, avoid putting your belongings in drawers at hotels or motels.
Upon returning home, unpack your suitcase outside, checking for bed bugs as you take out your items.
Thoroughly vacuum your luggage after returning home from a trip.
Check used furniture and clothing before bringing them inside.
Wash clothes and bedding in the hottest water possible.
Clean out dresser drawers and check them on a regular basis.
Check mattresses and other hiding places regularly with a flashlight
Remove clutter that might provide a hiding spot for bed bugs.
These steps alone can not guarantee you will never have a bed bug problem. Working with a pest control professional to as a precaution can save you a lot of time, headaches and sleepless nights.
Now that you know steps to take to help prevent bed bugs, you're probably wondering what can be done to get rid of bed bugs. First off, you should know getting rid of bed bugs is not a do it yourself thing. Pesticides can be dangerous, especially if they are not used properly. In most cases (nearly all), over the counter treatments don’t work on bed bugs. It can also be nearly impossible to get rid of all of them on your own. Unless they are 100% removed these bugs will keep coming back. At McCall, our professionals have the proper training and equipment necessary to effectively eliminate these bugs. Call us today to learn more about our bed bug heat treatments and to find out how we can help you achieve and maintain a bed bug free environment!