All The Ways You Can Bring Bed Bugs Into Your Wayne Home
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” If your mother or father ever said this to you as a child before putting you to bed, you probably didn’t heed the warning too seriously. After all, it’s just a sweet thing they’d say before bed, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore. Bed bugs are a nuisance pest that feeds on human blood and could be a threat to you and your home.
There are some misconceptions about bed bugs which cause many people to needlessly expose themselves to them. One such misconception is that bed bugs only infest dirty homes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Bed bugs can make their way into any home, dirty or spick and span. On top of this, there is a multitude of ways in which they can enter.
Because of this, it’s imperative that you know how to identify bed bugs, the many ways in which they could enter into your home, and finally, how to get rid of them should they become an infestation.
What Does A Bed Bug Look Like?
Bed bugs present a unique challenge when it comes to identifying them because their appearance changes based upon whether or not they have recently fed on blood. Despite this, identifying bed bugs can be easy when you know what to look for. Before they feed, bed bugs are a reddish-brown color, oval in shape, and have flat bodies. But after they feed, bed bugs turn a deep reddish-purple color and their bodies swell and elongate.
Similarly, young bed bugs (or nymphs) also change colors based upon whether or not they have fed. Before feeding on blood for the first time, nymphs are a light yellow, translucent color. However, after they feed on blood, they become bright red. After you know what a bed bug looks like, you should know where you’re most likely to be exposed to bed bugs.
Where Do Bed Bugs Live?
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that bed bugs can live almost anywhere. They are like little hitchhikers, hitching rides on people’s clothes and luggage traveling from place to place. Because of this, some of the most likely locations to become exposed to bed bugs are highly populated areas such as airports, bus stations, hotels, and even medical facilities like clinics and hospitals.
While inside homes or hotels, bed bugs are most likely to be found around beds, mattresses, and box frames. This is because bed bugs are nocturnal and feed on humans while they are asleep. This is also where bed bugs get their name.
How Do Bed Bugs Get In Your Home?
The answer to this question is both simple and complex as there are a multitude of ways bed bugs can enter your home. Oftentimes, they will travel in on used furniture or mattresses. However, they may be on used appliances or even on you or your luggage! That is why it’s important to make sure all used furniture is thoroughly cleaned and checked for bed bugs before bringing anything into your home.
What Does a Bed Bug Infestation Look Like?
There are several indications that you may have a bed bug infestation in your home.
Small bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
Bed bug excrement (rusty-looking spots) on sheets and mattresses
A musty odor emitted from the bed bug’s scent glands
If you notice any of these signs, you could have a bed bug infestation.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
The only way to completely remove bed bugs from your home is to hire the professionals here at Resolution Pest. Do not hesitate to call us should you find bed bugs have invaded your home. Let us get those bed bugs out so you can get back to sleeping tight!