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There is a nasty resurgence in bed bugs around Phoenix. The reddish-brown, oval shaped flat insects can survive for months without feeding and once they find a victim, will inject them with their saliva which contains anesthetics and an anticoagulant.
The bed bug will bite and feed on your blood, savoring the hearty meal for a few minutes before returning back to its hiding place—the nest where yet more bedbugs, their eggs and their feces will linger in the seals of your mattress or other fabric.
Bed bugs are most active at night and usually attack their victims while they are asleep. They also bite certain animals and birds, including your pets.
The next morning the victim will wonder why they are red and itchy. Bed bugs will remain close to the victim for their next feeding of fresh blood. Victims only see the effects of the bite sometime afterwards and it will show in small red welts or rashes on the skin. They may also leave a small blood stain on clothing or on sheets. Read more »
You need to first know what bed bugs look like, and the clues they leave to their presence, before you can accurately inspect your home for bed bugs, so let us first go through what you should be looking for.
Adult bed bugs are visible to the naked eye and can grow to about ¼ of an inch and only take about four weeks to get to that size.
Babies are not visible to the naked eye and are transparent until they have their first blood meal. If you suspect that any bed bugs have entered your home, you may need a magnifying glass to spot the young bed bugs. Read more »
A bed bug infestation can occur almost anywhere but is most likely in places such as hotels, dorms rooms, apartments, homes, office, schools, libraries, theaters, care facilities, shelters and even restaurants.
Bed bugs can be introduced into your home by frequent travelers to any of the places mentioned above. They can hitch a ride in or on purses, handbags, clothing, and suitcases and can latch on to just about any fabric.
Bed bugs can come into your house hiding in used furniture or garage sale items. Even library books can carry bed bugs! Read more »
When you enter the room, leave all luggage off the floor (using a luggage rack is a great idea) until you have inspected the whole room.
Grab a flashlight (or flashlight app on your phone) and pull the blanket and linens off the bed until the mattress is exposed. Begin at the corners (where bed bugs like to hide). You are looking for tiny bugs or dark brown blood spots. Check along the whole mattress, all corners and sides.
Bed bugs are excellent hiders, so after checking the mattress, lift up the box spring and check for the same signs of bed bugs. Pay attention to cracks and crevices.
Checking the headboard and nightstands near the bed is another common place for bed bugs. Don’t forget to open the drawers and give it a quick look with your flashlight.
Check the seams and folds of any upholstered furniture in your room. Couches, chairs, and even give the curtains a quick check.
Check the ironing board the same way you checked the bed. Your flashlight will come in handy again to check the corners, door tracked, shelves, and hangers.
One question people ask themselves when they have bed bugs is “do I really need to have an exterminator get rid of my bed bugs?”. So in this post, I’d like to go over why it’s important you use a licensed exterminator when getting rid of bed bugs.
Many people end up purchasing over-the-counter products to get rid of the bed bug infestation. This is not a smart decision, because over-the-counter products will not work. Over-the-counter bed bug products can actually cause the bed bugs to spread to other rooms, making your infestation worse.
Once a bed bug infestation hits a home, people are often looking for quick methods to get rid of the bugs on their own. Some people shy away from the idea of hiring a professional exterminator. They assume they can handle the bugs by themselves and then will be able to save a lot of money by doing so.
Quite often, a large amount of money is spent on DIY over-the-counter products to get rid of the bed bugs along with a considerable amount of time and effort to get rid of the infestation. Read more »
Preventing bed bugs from infesting your home is a lot easier than ridding them once they take hold. While none of these are surefire methods, they do reduce the risks of having these parasitic hosts from making your home, their home.
Before understanding bed bug prevention, however, one must know how to identify a bed bug and the places they are most likely to hide.
Bed bugs are flat, oval and reddish-brown parasites that measure about ¼ inch and hide mostly on furniture and on beds. They feed on your blood.
The more tips you’re able to follow the less likely you are to be infested. We have gathered eight of the best bed bug prevention tips for you: Read more »