The dreaded bed bug. When these insects appear in your home, you may immediately contact your local pest control service provider for bed bug control in Terre Haute. But, then again, you may try to deal with those bugs on your own. Today, we hope to help you with both of these options. If you'd like to get pest control in Terre Haute to get rid of all the bugs in your home, jump to our contact page. If you want to learn how to find bed bugs, evaluate your infestation, and take steps to deal with them yourself, read on for some helpful tips.
Identifying Bed Bugs: Signs And Symptoms Of An Infestation
Do you know that it is possible to think you have bed bugs when you actually don't? It happens more often than you might think. The first step is to locate and identify bed bugs or evaluate the symptoms of your infestation.
Where Bed Bugs Hide: When bed bugs in Terre Haute come into your home, they're going to do what all bed bugs do. They have specific habitat preferences.
- Look for them in the seams of your mattresses, within rips, under labels, and around air vent grommets.
- Look for them between your mattresses and box springs.
- Look for them inside the cavities of your box springs.
- Examine gaps, cracks, and recesses in your mattresses, box springs, and bed frames.
- Check under the feet of your bed frames and all furniture.
- Inspect office or gaming chairs.
- Inspect couches, love seats, and any other furniture you sit on.
- Inspect baseboards, wall outlets, crown molding, and behind paintings.
- Inspect luggage, book bags, duffel bags, pocketbooks, and backpacks.
Use this list to create a more exhaustive list. Keep in mind that bed bugs hide in tight spaces and dark voids near where people sleep, sit, or lounge.
What Bed Bugs Look Like: When you see a bed bug, you may not realize it. Bed bugs are well known for looking like an apple seed, but those are the adults. You may see bed bug nymphs long before you see the adult bugs.
- A newly hatched nymph is white unless it has had a blood meal. If there is blood inside the insect, it will appear bright red.
- A growing nymph will start to look tan. If it has had a blood meal, it will appear more red. After digesting the meal, it will have black fecal matter visible in its abdomen.
- In all stages, bed bugs are basically oval insects with six legs and two short antennae. They have thin and mostly transparent exoskeletons and are between 1/26 and 1/5 of an inch in length.
When you search for bed bugs, use a flashlight. Shine the light into cracks and recesses. If you see insects wiggling around in response to the light, it is likely you've found bed bugs.
Warning Signs Of An Infestation: You can detect bed bugs without seeing them. There are a few signs they leave for you to find in your home.
- Bed bugs leave tiny dark specks or spotting on fabrics. These are bed bug droppings.
- Bed bugs shed their skins. These skins look like a dry, hollow bed bug. A bed bug sheds its entire skin five times as it grows into an adult.
- Bed bugs use pheromones to communicate. These pheromones have a scent. Some describe it as resembling coriander.
Keep in mind that other bugs can leave some of these warning signs. Many bugs leave tiny black specks that look like fecal spotting. A few shed their skins, and you may find broken skins that are partially consumed. Some use pheromones, but most pheromones are not detectable to humans.
Bites: You may think that getting bed bug bites is the best way to tell that you have an infestation, but it is surprising how often bed bug bites are misdiagnosed or mistaken for something else. Consider these facts.
- Bed bug bites are often associated with a significant rash. When the bite bumps are small, you may think that you "only" have a rash. You can tell a rash from bed bug bites by considering the pattern of the bumps. A rash will have random bumps. Bites caused by bed bugs will look like a path or road across your skin.
- Many bugs can bite you. Some are indoor pests. Some are outdoor pests. But, whether you're bitten by an indoor bug or an outdoor bug, you can think you have an indoor infestation. The reason is that it can take hours or even days for your body to react to bug bites. That means you can wake up in the morning with bites and think something bit you while you slept. The reverse is true. You can get bitten by bed bugs and not see the bites until later in the day, and think something bit you outdoors.
- You may not have any reaction to bed bug bites at first. It is possible to get bites and have no bumps, rash, or itching.
You are now armed with the knowledge you need to find and identify bed bugs or recognize the warning signs. Once you determine that you have a bed bug infestation, it is time to consider some of the risks and challenges you'll have to deal with as the pests grow a population in your home.
Health Risks: The Dangers Of Bed Bugs Bites
We are often asked, "Do bed bugs carry diseases?" Before we answer this question, we have to explain that there are many ways bed bugs present problems. It is helpful to consider them all. But, since this is the question you'll want to know the answer to first, we'll start there.
- Bed bugs can carry diseases, but they are not known to spread them outside of laboratory studies. Unlike a tick or a mosquito, bed bugs aren't going to make you sick.
- Bed bugs cause multiple bite wounds, and the number of these wounds increases the longer the infestation goes untreated. Over time, issues like infections and anemia are a concern.
- Bug bugs reproduce quickly, and once they get into your home, they won't go away on their own.
- Bed bugs can disturb your rest, and this can cause sleep deprivation, which has medical symptoms associated with it.
- DIY bed bug control is frustrating, tiring, and sometimes expensive.
- The longer a bed bug infestation is not dealt with, the more costly it is to address by a professional.
It is best to seek out local pest control for bed bugs when you find them in your home. Professional bed bug control is a science, and trained and experienced technicians employ scientific methods and products to get the job done completely.
Professional Bed Bug Control: Call In The Experts Right Away
For bed bug control in Terre Haute, take action and contact Action Pest Control. We are an Angie's List Super Service Award winner and a member of the National Pest Management Association. Our more than 70 well-trained and state-certified pest management professionals use field-tested methods and advanced control solutions such as K-9 Bed Bug Inspectors to give you the highest level of confidence. While bed bugs aren't a disease risk, they can cause many problems. We're sure you can agree that life has enough problems without having to deal with bed bugs!
Once the bed bugs are gone (or before you get a bed bug infestation), there are many steps you can take to keep bed bugs out of your home. When it comes to dealing with bed bugs, prevention is your best weapon because after bed bugs find their way into your home, they are incredibly difficult to eliminate completely.
Long-Term Bed Bug Prevention: Tips To Prevent Reinfestation
The secret to keeping bed bugs out of your home is understanding what attracts bed bugs and knowing how to catch them "before" they come home with you. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to bed bug prevention for your Terre Haute home. Be sure to share these tips with your kids, family, and friends to increase your protection.
- Always keep watch for bed bugs, black and brown spots, white eggs, shed skins, and pheromones when away from home, even if you aren't spending the night.
- Always protect your laundry. Bed bugs are attracted to your scent. Use a sealed plastic bag.
- Mask the scent of your clothes and other items in your luggage by applying a lavender scent, and store your luggage high.
- Always use the luggage rack if one is provided. Refrain from putting your luggage on a bed or the floor.
- When you return home after spending the night somewhere, launder your clothes in hot soapy water and put them through a dryer cycle.
- Perform routine inspections to catch bed bugs or warning signs in your home early.
- Always inspect used furniture before bringing items into your home.
We hope these tips and tricks have been informative. Remember that Action Pest Control is always available to help you with bed bug inspections and targeted control for your Terre Haute home. Reach out to us anytime!
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