Have you ever heard about bed bugs? Some people go their whole lives without ever having to deal with bed bugs while others have dealt with all the stress a bed bug infestation can bring. So much mystery exists around bed bugs. What are they? How do they get into our homes? Are they dangerous? We are here today to answer a few of these questions for you. If you want to learn more about the bed bugs itching to get into your St. George, we have your answers.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small parasitic pests that feed on the blood of humans to survive. When growing, a bed bug will go through 5 stages of development. At adulthood, bed bugs are identified by their oval-shaped reddish-brown bodies. As for size, bed bugs are roughly as big as an apple seed. This fact surprises many people, as a common misconception is that bed bugs are too small to see. The truth is that bed bugs are just really good at hiding. The only time they come out is when their victim has gone to sleep.
What Do Bed Bugs Look For In A Home?
It is commonly believed that bed bugs only infest dirty homes. This is simply not true. Bed bugs will infest any home that has people who sleep. This is their only major requirement. Your home could be spotless or filthy, and bed bugs will still want to get inside.
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
In general bed bugs are not dangerous pests. Typically the worst you can expect from a bed bug infestation is bites on your skin and anemia in some severe cases. With excessive scratching, bed bug bites can become infected, but this is true for most bug bites.
Many bugs that bite spread disease. For a long time, bed bugs were believed to be an exception to this rule. Recently, studies have found that bed bugs are capable of carrying and spreading one dangerous disease called Chagas disease. Although rare here in America, this discovery brings into question how harmless bed bugs really are.
How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Homes?
Almost no bed bugs exist out in the wild away from people. They rely on humans to survive in every way, including travel. To get from place to place, bed bugs use items we carry. The couch you want to buy from the thrift store could have bed bugs in it. Set your bag down at the mall for too long and bed bugs could crawl over from a nearby infested item. Have kids in school? Their backpacks could be a fast way for bed bugs to get into your home. A general rule is that where there are more people, bed bugs are likely to be. Public transportation, hotels, schools, and theaters are just a few hotspots for bed bug activity.
How To Keep Bed Bugs Out Of Your Home
The best way to avoid bed bugs is to know what they look like and what signs they leave behind. This can be done with just a little bit of research. Once you know what to look for, keep an eye out for the little guys. Check used furniture, clothing, and other items before bringing them home with you. Specifically, look for rusty or reddish stains or dark spots about the size of a period. Also watch for eggs and eggshells. These will be pale yellow skins about 1mm in length that nymphs shed as they grow larger. If you see any of these indicators (or there is evidence of live bed bugs) do not bring furniture into your home!
Avoid leaving bags or luggage in any given place for more than 20 minutes at a time. Investigate hotel rooms before settling into them while on vacation. There are a few things you can do to keep bed bugs at bay.
If bed bugs do happen to come home with you, the professionals here at Pickett Pest Control are here to help. We have advanced and reliable solutions to quickly and effectively remove bed bugs from your residence.
Contact us today to find out more about our services or to schedule a treatment for your St. George home.