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Answering Owensboro's Most Frequently Asked Bed Bug Questions

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Is your home host to hundreds of these bloodthirsty bugs? Even if it is, would you know there was a pest infestation at all? There is quite a bit of confusion surrounding the activities of Owensboro bed bugs. This is partially due to these pests’ mysterious natures and partially due to a host of misinformation spread through unreliable sources.

To combat this misinformation and to assist our Owensboro neighbors with their bed bug-related questions, Action Pest Control has compiled a list of helpful FAQs that clear the air around these pesky household pests.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Many people believe that bed bugs are too tiny to see with the naked eye. However, this is not the case. Bed bugs measure about the size of an apple seed at maturity and can be found in hidden areas all over your home.

Dark tan or light brown in color, bed bugs have six legs and flat, almost shield-like bodies. Using their sensitivity to carbon dioxide, the insects are able to track down and feed on hosts during the dead of night. Bed bugs are nocturnal, meaning that they are most active during the evening. This is one of the many reasons why these pests are so difficult to spot. Unless the infested homeowner is a night owl or happens to be in the right place at the right time, it will be extraordinarily hard to catch bed bugs in the act.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests, meaning that they are picked up from one place and introduced into another. These pests are not particularly picky about who they catch their rides with, but they often latch onto clothing, towels, luggage, backpacks, and other objects in order to follow their meals home. Bed bugs are found just about everywhere, but there are some locations in particular that suffer from seasonal outbreaks. Many of these are:

  • Hotels and motels 
  • Air BnBs 
  • Airports, train stations, and other travel spaces
  • Laundromats 
  • Hospitals 
  • Nursing Homes

With an increase in vacations during the summer and travel-heavy winter holidays, Owensboro home and business owners should be prepared to take necessary precautions in mitigating their risks for infestation.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bed bugs are a secretive variety of pest, which lends to a difficult clean-up post-infestation. Once a bed bug has hitchhiked with you into the home, it will attempt to bed down within a safe and convenient locale. Some of the bed bugs' favorite household hiding spots include:

  • Electrical outlets 
  • Mattresses 
  • Pillows 
  • Bed sheets
  • Cloth furniture 
  • Carpets or rugs 
  • Books or similar objects

No matter where they choose to hide, bed bugs will most likely be hidden away from prying human eyes. To root out the source of your bed bug infestation, schedule a home inspection now.

Can You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own?

No matter how many DIY methods are applied or home remedies concocted, homeowners are rarely able to get rid of bed bugs on their own. Their high reproduction rate, coupled with sneaky behavior and surprising longevity, will only continue to persist until professional treatments are applied.

When you are ready to use tried-and-true professional bed bug treatments, contact the bed bug experts at Action Pest Control. At the first sign of a bed bug problem, our knowledgeable team will be ready to respond in the only way we know how: with action.

Reach out to our main office to schedule your treatments now, or complete the online contact form to connect with one of our service representatives.