“Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” We toss the phrase around so casually as if the concept of a bed bug isn’t the most terrifying thing that any of us have ever heard of. Imagine being fed on in your sleep by tiny bugs. That alone is enough to give you nightmares. However, if you actually do incur a bed bug infestation, the problems could be far, far worse.
How Do They Get In?
Many people think that bed bugs only invade dirty homes, but these pests are actually creatures of opportunity. Since they’re very small, they don’t move around very quickly. However, they can latch on to almost anything to hitch a ride right into your home and furniture. That’s what makes traveling so risky: if other luggage near yours has bed bugs on it, then these bugs could very well end up on your bag. You could also wind up picking up bed bugs from your hotel room by putting your suitcase on your bed.
Another high-risk activity for incurring a bed bug infestation includes buying used furniture. When you get a great deal from a friend or a buy or sell app, you might be getting more than you bargained for. As you walk that new mattress or couch into your home, you might be bringing bed bugs right into your house as well. Even if you buy furniture or appliances from places that don’t even have beds, you are still running the risk of a bed bug infestation.
See The Signs
In order to know just what you’re bringing into your house, you’ll want to be very careful to check for signs of bed bug activity. These include:
- Rust-colored excrement
- Blood droplet stains
- Musty odors
Plus, if you have bed bugs in your own house, you’re likely to wake up with red, itchy bumps in a straight-lined or zig-zagged pattern. Seeing the signs early is crucial due to the detrimental health effects that bed bug infestations cause in a household. Most homeowners with severe infestation report skin irritations and permanent skin damage as a result of excessive itching. They also report severe insomnia and, in the worst cases, anemia that lasts even after the infestation is eradicated.
Another frustrating problem with bed bug infestations is how hard they are to get rid of it. They might hitch a ride into your home rather easily, but they won’t hitch a ride to leave on their own. The biggest mistake that homeowners make is trying to fix the problem themselves. You see, bed bugs may feed on the surface of furniture cushions or mattresses, but they nest much deeper. Store-bought sprays and vacuuming will get rid of the top layer, but the bed bugs will be back in a few days to repeat the cycle, forcing you back into the same cycle of sleepless nights and itchy bites.
So, let’s review. You’ve got a pest that can easily ride in on your shoes, luggage, used furniture, you name it. You’ve also got a pest that is very hard to get rid of, and the home remedies will actually cost you more money, time, and headaches than hiring a professional to get rid of them the first time. (not to mention all those negative health effects that come with a long infestation). You know what the wise choice would be.
These pests aren’t worth losing sleepover. Contact Mid America Pest Control at the first sign of bed bugs. Their professional pest technicians can provide bed bug solutions to get rid of them the first time and keep them from visiting again. Call Mid America Pest Control today!