Just the idea of bed bugs makes us feel dirty, itchy, and embarrassed, but the stigma associated with a bed bug infestation is false. Don’t be embarrassed by bed bugs, it’s not your fault. Bed bugs are merely hitchhikers who more than likely found their way into your home from attaching to furniture, clothing, or even people who have crossed your doorstep.
Contrary to public opinion, bed bugs are not indications of a dirty home or neglectful hygiene. There is no shame, no blame, just the issue of eradication when it comes to bed bugs.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are bloodsuckers, literally. Although they pose no immediate health threat, these tiny (3/16 of an inch long) reddish-brown bugs feed on a host (us) mostly at night. Bed bugs rapidly multiply, and a single female can lay thousands of eggs. So, you see, a few stray pests can quickly turn into an infestation.
What To Do If I Think I Have Bed Bugs?
Remember, although bed bugs leave itchy welts, they pose no immediate health threat to us. Our gut reaction to bed bugs is often to move furniture or throw away mattresses, but DON’T! This can actually do more harm than good, and cause bed bugs to spread.
Knowledge is power, but internet searches for DIY bed bug treatments can also do more harm than good. Hardware store bed bug chemicals are not effective enough to get the job done right the first time. When you use them, you run a big risk by pushing bed bugs into different rooms, making them harder and more expensive to fully eliminate.
Identify the Suspects
Bed bugs typically hide during the day and are active at nightfall and an hour or two before dawn. So, you’ll want to grab a bright flashlight to start your bed bug hunt.Bed bugs will leave behind visible evidence and can be seen by the naked eye.
- Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
- Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
- Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
- Live bed bugs.
Bring in the Right Help
Remember, bed bugs can develop resistance to DIY insecticides. Heat and steam are proven methods to most effectively exterminate bed bugs. Be sure to choose a professional pest management company with the licensure, experience, and professional-grade equipment to eradicate bed bugs. A graduate of Bed Bug University, Bug Tech is a member of the Bed Bug-Free Network as a result of our thorough and rigorous training and experience.
As you vet a professional pest management company to treat a bed bug issue, be wary of one size fits all treatment plans. Bug Tech takes a multiprong approach to bed bug treatment that is dependent on the level of infestation. Quit sharing your bed with these itchy bloodsuckers, call Bug Tech, and let us develop the right bed bug elimination plan for you.