Hiding in the smallest of cracks and crevices in your home during the day, bed bugs are some of the toughest pests to both spot and exterminate. If you wake up with itchy bites on your body, chances are you might have a bed bug infestation. With that said, here's what you need to know about bed bugs and how to get rid your home of this pest.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Although they're visible to the naked human eye, bed bugs are small pests that measure three-quarters of an inch in length. They bite you while you're sleeping and feed on a few drops of your blood; the female bed bugs will lay up to 200 eggs at a time afterward. Even though their bites pierce your skin, they don't hurt enough to feel them. Bed bugs can live for as long as a year without food, and they fortunately aren't known to transmit diseases to humans.
How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Your Home?
Unfortunately, no matter how clean you are at home or out of it, you can pick up bed bugs nearly anywhere. Whether it's at a hotel, store or gym, bed bugs are great at hiding and hitching a ride in your personal belongings. Once they find a way into your home, they can multiply quickly and be extremely difficult to eliminate without professional help.
What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?
While bed bugs will usually hide in your mattresses, they can hide in many other areas of your home, including your couches and carpets. To find bed bugs, you need to inspect every crack and crevice of your home as thoroughly as it takes to keep them out of it. And getting rid of an infested mattress won't eliminate the bed bug infestation.
In most cases, bed bug bites will cause redness on the skin and a bit of swelling. To relieve itching, you can take antihistamines or corticosteroids. But nearly half of the people bitten by bed bugs never show the signs of a bite.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs?
Here are some simple tips to follow to prevent a bed bug infestation in your home.
- Wash and dry all your bed linens on the highest temperature setting.
- Remove all clutter from your home, so you can find bed bugs easier.
- Inspect second-hand furniture and other items before bringing them home.
- Check your home after moving or allowing a guest to stay overnight.
- Examine your luggage and clothing before entering your home after a trip.
What to Do If You Suspect a Bed Bug Infestation?
Beg bugs are extremely resilient pests, and most store-bought treatments won't work to eliminate them for good. If you suspect your home in Norwalk, Connecticut, has been infested with bed bugs, or if you notice any other pest infestation, contact Tims Pest Control at (203) 349-8616. Our team is ready to make your peace of mind its priority.