Do You Have Bed Bugs?

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Peak season for bed bugs is from June through October. The increase in heat and humidity in the summertime leads to an increase in bed bug activity – making them want to feed and breed more often. Summer is also a busy travel season with people going on summer vacations and college students coming home for summer break. This increase in travel activity allows bed bugs to spread quickly creating new infestations. Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers and will catch a ride on people, pets, luggage, bedding, clothing, and even pillows. Once a bed bug infestation has been established, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of for two main reasons: Bed bugs have developed resistance to many pesticides used to treat them; they are also small in size and able to hide in tiny places, only coming out to feed every 4 to 5 days, mostly at night. Both of these combined make them hard to detect and hard to eliminate.

While bed bugs do leave behind itchy, red bites and can trigger allergic reactions in those who are allergic to them, bed bugs aren’t known to transmit any significant diseases to humans.

If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation, it’s important to take prompt action to prevent the problem from getting worse. Here are the steps you can take from Budget Pest Control Services:

1. Inspect your home: Carefully examine your bedding, mattress, box springs, furniture, and other areas where bed bugs may hide. Look for live bugs, shed skins, bloodstains, or dark spots (fecal matter) on the mattress or nearby surfaces. Use a flashlight and a magnifying glass if necessary.

2. Capture and identify a specimen: If you find a bug, try to capture it using clear tape or place it in a sealed container. You can then show it to a pest control professional for identification.

3. Reduce clutter: Declutter your living space to eliminate potential hiding spots for bed bugs. Remove items from under the bed and near walls, as well as any unnecessary items that may provide hiding places.

4. Wash and dry infested items: Launder all bedding, clothing, and fabric items that may have come into contact with bed bugs using hot water (at least 120°F/49°C). Dry them on high heat for at least 30 minutes to kill any remaining bugs.

5. Vacuum thoroughly: Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to vacuum your mattress, box spring, furniture, and any infested areas. Pay close attention to seams, cracks, crevices, and other hiding spots. After vacuuming, seal the vacuum bag or empty the canister into a plastic bag and dispose of it in an outdoor trash bin.

6. Seal cracks and crevices: Use caulk or sealant to fill in any cracks, crevices, or gaps in walls, baseboards, and furniture where bed bugs may be hiding or traveling.

7. Consider encasing your mattress: Encase your mattress and box spring in special bed bug-proof encasements. These encasements prevent bed bugs from entering or escaping from your mattress, making it easier to detect and treat them.

8. Seek professional help: Bed bug infestations can be challenging to eliminate completely, so it’s often best to consult a professional pest control company. They have the expertise, tools, and treatments to effectively manage and eradicate bed bugs. Research and select a reputable and experienced pest control provider in your area.

If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, contact a professional pest control company like Budget Pest Control Services, who can thoroughly inspect your home and provide you with bed bug treatment options, as well as a prevention plan going forward.

Contact Budget Pest Control today for a free estimate or more details. 412-318-4912

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