Nobody wants to experience the nightmare that is bed bugs. Like many of the pests we wrangle, bed bugs are sometimes elusive, always intrusive and often misunderstood. Fortunately, it’s extremely possible to prevent, identify and eliminate bedbugs.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
While it is commonly believed that bed bugs come from having a dirty environment, this simply isn’t true. These apple seed sized pests feed on the blood of a human host while they are sleeping and therefore are commonly found in headboards, mattress creases, box springs and furniture. Good hiding places and warm bodies are what bed bugs seek, regardless of whether the environment is clean, dirty, or somewhere in between.
Infestations are most commonly found in heavily trafficked or crowded places such as shelters, hotels, cruise ships, dorm rooms, trains and buses. Bed bugs can cling to clothes, hide inside mattresses, furniture and luggage and are easily passed on to a new environment in this way.
How Do I Prevent Bed Bugs?
If you are someone who travels frequently or shares a living space with a large number of people like a dorm or apartment complex, you are at a higher risk for a bed bug infestation. Some ways you can prevent this from happening include:
- Refrain from bringing home furniture that has been placed on the curb for disposal purposes
- Closely inspect hotel rooms or other lodgings before settling in
- Promptly wash your clothes after returning from traveling
- Keep travel bags in plastic bags to keep any bed bugs from escaping into your home
Additionally if you’re concerned about being bitten, you can take preventative measures by wearing pajamas that cover the majority of your skin, since bed bugs are not known for burrowing underneath clothing.
How Can I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
If you believe you may have an infestation, you can start by inspecting key places in your home where they may hide. An indication of the presence of bed bugs may be an allergic reaction in the form of itching, blisters or hives, or the presence of red bite marks often arranged in a rough line or cluster on your arms, neck, face and hands.
In the presence of any of these symptoms, or even of the mildest concern, we recommend you get a professional inspection. The best way to resolve a bed bug infestation is via thorough professional extermination. We will work with you and use our proven 3-step process to ensure that we fully exterminate the bed bugs in your home.
Once we make sure your bed bugs are gone, we can continue to follow up with preventative pest control measures in order to make sure they do not return.
Contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area, including Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Clifton Park, New York.