Many people are aware that bed bug infestations are a growing problem in the United States, especially in areas with high human activity. With the threat of bed bugs hiding in every public location, it can be tempting to stay home and hide from these little blood-feeding pests. Bed bugs are small reddish-brown insects that resemble an apple seed. They are flat and oval until they feed. Then they’ll appear more rounded and redder in color. One of the most interesting facts about bed bugs is that they don’t get into homes in the same way that most pests do. Bed bugs can’t hop or fly, so how in the world do they get around and spread like crazy?
How do bed bugs get around?
If bed bugs don’t jump or fly, how are they able to invade Pryor homes? Bed bugs are what you might call world-class hitchhikers. They are experts at crawling from host to host and being carried from place to place. The most common way they get into homes is when people accidentally bring them there. Bed bugs crawl onto (or into) luggage, bags, clothing, or personal belongings and simply wait to be carried somewhere new. In some situations, bed bug infestations can start when used furniture is brought to a property. Bed bugs are very small, which means they can easily hide in couch cushions and pillows. A few ways you can attempt to avoid bringing bed bugs into your Pryor home include:
- Being careful where you set your belongings and bags, especially in public spaces.
- Inspecting used furniture before bringing it into your home.
- Placing clothing and bags in the washer on the highest heat settings after returning home from a trip.
Bed bug infestations are difficult to prevent due to the fact that they don’t invade the same way other pests do. Their small size and hitchhiking mastery make bed bugs some of the most difficult pests to identify and avoid. Bed bugs don’t care if your Pryor home is clean or dirty, they will infest any home that they are able to get into. However, there have been studies that suggest that bed bugs are attracted to dirty laundry. This is thought to be because our dirty laundry smells like a bed bug’s favorite meal... us.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
There are many problems bed bugs can cause when they get into a Pryor home. The good news is that bed bug infestations are not inherently dangerous. Bed bugs are not known to spread harmful diseases and they don't leave any lasting impact on the people they affect. However, bed bugs do bite, leaving itchy red bite marks on exposed skin. Rows of itchy bumps on your skin is a concern as it is, especially when you consider the many restless nights of sleep a bed bug infestation can cause. In prolonged or severe cases, bed bug infestations can lead to anemia in some individuals, which is a condition where there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells circulating through your body’s tissue.
Attempting to handle a bed bug infestation on your own is futile. Bed bugs are resistant to many forms of common over-the-counter sprays and can live in almost any area that humans can. The best way to handle bed bug infestations is with the help of the licensed pest control technicians here at Mid America Pest Control. We offer several effective pest control solutions to deal with all of Pryor’s common pest problems, including bed bugs. Give us a call today for more information about our bed bug control and management services.