What Are They?
Bed bugs can be a bit difficult to deal with, especially when it comes to understanding where they come from and how to get rid of them.
Bed bugs are small, flat wingless insects that are reddish-brown in color and approximately one-quarter inch long. While biting you and feeding, a bed bug injects saliva that contains an anesthetic (a numbing chemical) and an anti clotting agent so your blood with flow freely. So, more than likely, you will not feel anything. These bites can be very irritating, but they are not able to transfer diseases through this.
Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures. However, they can take a blood meal during the day, especially in areas that a heavily infested.
do not carry disease trasmit. Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to feed. After feeding, they hide in different areasn including cracks and crevices, for 5-10 days. During this time in the bed bug life cycle, they do not feed. They take this time to digest their meal, mate, and lay their eggs.
Where Do They Come From? Where Do They Hide?
People often think that bed bugs can only thrive in unsanitary conditions. However, bed bugs can survive in clean or dirty locations.
Bed bugs are able to spread via human and animal travel
They hitch rides onto the fabrics of items like furniture, mattresses, and clothing. There they will ride until they find a suitable host area, like your bedroom. This is where bed bugs can establish populations, which can happen very quickly.
Bed bugs can also come from other already infested areas, as well as from used furniture. They can ride in bags and suitcases, and they can travel between rooms in multi-unit buildings, such as apartment complexes and hotels.
You can see the bed bugs themselves. They also may leave the skins the shed or their droppings in mattress seams and other items in the bedroom.
There may also be blood stains on sheets.
How Do You Get Them Out?
Clean and get rid of clutter, especially in your bedroom.
Move your bed away from walls or furniture.
Vacuum molding, windows and floors every day. Vacuum sides and seams of mattresses, box springs and furniture. Empty the vacuum or the bag immediately and dispose of outside in a sealed container or bag.
Wash sheets, pillow cases, blankets and bed skirts and put them in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.
Consider using mattress and box spring covers. Seal cracks and crevices and any openings where pipes or wires come into the home.
Bed bug control is difficult and is most effective when a complete treatment approach that uses a variety of methods and constant monitoring are used. The proper use of pesticides is likely one big component of the treatment approach, but will not get rid of the problem alone.
You DO NOT need to throw out your furniture. Getting rid of furniture before it has been inspected and treated by an experienced pest control professional can be an expensive mistake and will not solve the problem. Almost everything can be treated to remove bed bugs but if not properly handled the removal of furniture can simply spread an infestation to other areas of a home.
How Can You Prevent Them?
When staying in a hotel, place your bag on a suitcase stand rather than on the bed or floor. Keep the rack away from walls or furniture. When returning home, wash the clothes from your trip and put them in a hot dryer.
Inspect new and used furniture before bringing it inside. Look in seams, tufts and under cushions.
Check all borrowed, rented, or second-hand furniture for bed bugs before you bring them into your home. Check all cracks and crevices, even in wooden furniture.
The best way to prevent the spreading of bed bugs when traveling is to check the rooms before you stay in hotels. The nicest and cleanest hotels can be infested. Don’t place luggage on the ground, and inspect mattress, box spring, headboard, etc., for bedbugs before spending a night in your room.
Inspect your clothing and any items you had with you before entering your home. If bedbugs are found, launder items immediately or place in plastic bags until further treatment can be carried out.
Even if you don’t have bedbugs, seal cracks and crevices in your home. This can help prevent bed bugs, as well as other pests, from getting in in the first place
Consider using a bed bug mattress cover, a box spring encasement, and even bed bug pillow covers to prevent bed bugs from taking residence in these items.
To do your part in preventing the spread of bed bugs, if you have to throw away any infested items, make sure to cover them in plastic if possible. Always place signs on the items stating that the items are infested in bed bugs. Never donate infested items.