Having insects around your home is one thing. Having insects that hide around your bed and feed on your blood while you sleep at night is a whole different story. In the past few years, bed bugs have been becoming more and more of a problem for homeowners here in Roosevelt, and this year has been no different. As we head into fall, bed bugs are out and about looking for ways to get into our homes. If you are not careful, your home could be their next feeding ground.
The First Indicator Of A Bed Bug Infestation
Hopefully, at this point, your home does not have a bed bug infestation. However, if it does, there are some ways you can tell. The biggest telltale sign that bed bugs have settled in are small red bites showing up on your skin after a night's sleep. These small bites will appear in a line or zig-zag pattern one after the other. These bites are a clear sign that bed bugs are somewhere nearby.
Keep in mind that not everyone reacts the same way to bed bug bites and some people don’t react at all. This can make discovering a bed bug infestation more difficult, but not impossible. Here are some other signs you can look for.
- Blood spots on bed linens.
- Small dots of black fecal matter around mattresses and other areas of infestation.
- Tiny see-through eggs tucked in cracks and crevices throughout the room.
Why and When Bed Bugs Bite
Bed bugs need blood to survive, and for some reason, they prefer ours over all other creatures. To get our blood, they hide around our sleeping areas during the day. When nighttime comes, they emerge to feed once we have fallen deep into sleep. This is one of the reasons why bed bug infestations are so hard to find. To avoid bed bugs, we recommend looking up some bed bug prevention tips to help you avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.
How Dangerous Are Bed Bug Bites
9 times out of 10, bed bug bites are harmless. The only time they pose any real danger is if the area around the bite becomes infected, or if the bed bug itself is a carrier for Chagas disease. You can guess which problem is more severe. The scary part is, Chagas isn’t spread directly through bed bugs, but through parasites that they can carry. These parasites are defecated out into the bite wound of a bed bug's victim, which could possibly be you.
How To Get Bed Bugs Out Of Your Home
If you suspect your home has bed bugs but you would like to find out for certain, the experts here at Pickett Pest Control are here to help. With our state-of-the-art bed bug detection systems, we will determine if your home has an active bed bug infestation. If an infestation is identified, your pest technician will go over your treatment options with you.
To find out more about our bed bug control services, or to schedule services for your Roosevelt home, reach out to us today.