How to Tell If I Have Bed Bugs?

Do You Have Bed Bugs

Bedbugs are willing travelers who love to catch rides in luggage in search of new destinations. They are also very patient guests who can live up to a year without food. Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs are not a sign of poor sanitation or a dirty house. That means that no amount of deep cleaning will rid your home of the unwanted pests, unlesss you invite a professional service like All Clear Pest Control. In fact, the incidence of bedbugs has been climbing for the past several years and has given rise to an online bedbug registry outlines the confirmed cases of bedbugs in apartments and hotels across the country. In short, bedbugs can plague any homeowner at any time. If you are unlucky enough to bring bedbugs home from an infected bed, the problem will not go away on its own.

Luckily, there are steps a homeowner can do to prevent and eliminate bedbugs in their homes.

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Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are visible with the naked eye and are about the size of an apple seed. They are usually found in the head of the bed in the seams of the box-springs and mattresses. Other signs of bedbugs include dark, rust-colored spots, bug casings from molting, blood spots, or fecal stains on the sheets, mattress, or box-springs. If you find signs of bedbugs, it is important to ask to be moved to a different room.

Bedbugs feed on blood, so bites are another telltale sign of bedbugs. As bedbugs are most active at night, these bites usually occur while you are sleeping. Bedbug bites are not painful but will result in welts and redness, skin irritation, and/or burning and itching. The bites are usually in a cluster pattern and can be mistaken for a rash, usually on the face, neck, arms, or hands. Bites generally do not require treatment, but itchiness can result from the bites.

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Bedbugs appear when something that has been in an infected location is brought into an uninfected location. They generally avoid traveling on clothing in order to avoid body heat and prefer to crawl into luggage, briefcases, shoes, or backpacks. They can also come into a home via used mattresses and furniture. They are excellent at hiding and can be very difficult to spot.

In order to avoid bringing bedbugs into your home, you should be vigilant when traveling. Always check for signs of bedbugs in the furniture and bedding when you are away from home. Storing luggage in the bathroom or wrapped in a plastic trash bag can deter bedbugs from climbing into our baggage. Before leaving, check your luggage and pets for insects. Although cleanliness does not determine whether or not a property will have bedbugs, minimizing clutter can reduce the areas in which bedbugs can hide. It is also important to check second-hand furniture for signs of bedbugs before bringing the furniture into your home.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Bedbugs are excellent at hiding and can be very difficult to eliminate. Furthermore, one female bedbug can lay over 1000 eggs in three months. That is why it is so important to take action once you suspect bedbugs in your home.

Bedbugs are very difficult to get rid of on your own. The best solution is to find a pest control service such as All Clear Pest Control to develop a plan to eradicate bedbugs from your home. With over 10 years of experience, we can perform a thorough analysis of your home to determine the level of infestation and determine the best course of action to get rid of the pests. We are licensed and insured and want to help you clear your home of bedbugs as quickly as possible. Our knowledge and expertise will save you the frustration associated with trying to rid yourself of this problem on your own, and our specialized equipment will ensure that you reclaim your home as quickly as possible.

Bedbugs are a hassle that you don’t have to deal with alone. If you find yourself with these unwanted guests, call All Clear Pest Control. We’re here for you.