January 24, 2019
The holidays can bring many visitors, some invited and some not--like bed bugs for example. Bed bugs are among some of the most persistent of pests. They’ll come in uninvited and stay far too long. If you’ve dealt with a bed bug infestation, or are dealing with one currently, you may know how frustrating they are to get rid of. DIY methods of controlling and eliminating these bugs often fail. And when their numbers actually increase which makes you wonder where in the world they are coming from. This is why professional help is needed when eliminating bed bugs.
The holidays bring an increased chance of bed bugs entering homes. They can be picked up in just about any public location; department stores, taxis, hotel rooms, movie theaters, and many other locations. With all the shopping and traveling over the holidays, bed bugs are spread to various homes. One of them could be yours. Knowing what to expect can help you identify an infestation quickly and therefore eliminate it sooner. Seeing the actual bugs themselves is the easiest way to determine you have an infestation. Bed bugs have oval bodies and are reddish-brown in color and only reach about a quarter of an inch in length. They can be found on beds, furniture, walls, or along baseboards. In many cases, you don’t actually see the bugs themselves. If you’re questioning whether or not you’re dealing with bed bugs these clues may help you:
Signs of bed bugs:
- Bed bugs shed their skin as they grow. You may find these piles in your home.
- Red or brown blood stains on your sheets can be left behind from feeding.
- You may also notice their feces in your bedding, which will look like small dark stains.
- If an infestation is large enough, you may notice a strong, sweet smell in the area of infestation.
Of course, the best way to get rid of bed bugs is to never allow them into your home in the first place. We have compiled a number of bed bug prevention tips for Greenville residents. Once an infestation has occurred, it should be eliminated as soon as possible. At the rate in which bed bugs breed, their population can quickly become overwhelming. DIY solutions are unreliable and certain chemicals are even dangerous to use inside your home. And most of the products don’t reach the eggs, only the adult bugs. This is why, just as the infestation appears to cease, they suddenly come back as strong as ever. Bed bugs are even showing resistance to some chemicals used to eradicate them. We recently wrote a blog to help home and business owners understand the major differences between DIY and professional bed bug control.
Contacting a professional pest control company can save you the frustration of trying to handle a bed bug invasion on your own. Pest control experts know how to target bed bugs and eliminate them quickly. If you’re concerned about bed bugs, we suggest starting with a free bed bug inspection from Spencer Pest Services. Our professionals will identify all the infested areas within your home and use only the most advanced and eco-friendly methods for treatment. Give us a call today to learn more about the bed bug control options we have available as well as the other residential pest control programs we have to help you maintain a pest-free environment in 2019.