“Good night. Sleep Tight. Don’t let the Bed Bugs bite.” We have all heard these words so many times it’s easy to think of bed bugs as some sort of whimsical creatures. To put them in the same category as the Tooth Fairy, or monsters under the bed. Bed bugs are very real, however, and far from whimsical creatures to find in your home.
Bed Bugs, exactly as their name implies, live in and around mattresses and feed on the blood of the humans sleeping on them at night. The first signs of bed bugs can be waking up with welts on your body, similar to flea or mosquito bites. You may also see small reddish-brown spots of dried blood on your sheets. However, the only way to truly be sure that you have bed bugs is to find one.
The good news is if you can find one Bed Bug you can typically assume that there are more. The bad news is, that is because they are very good at hiding and their eggs are roughly the size of a speck of dust. Bed Bugs have very flat bodies, about the width of a credit card, that allow them to fit into incredibly small spaces. Messes around the bed can give bed bugs good hiding places for the night, however, bed bug infestations are not caused by messy homes. Bed bugs are not attracted to messes, they are attracted to hosts to feed off of. An improperly sealed floorboard is just as attractive of a hiding place to a bed bug as a pile of laundry.
If you find bed bugs in your home, you will need professional assistance. Bed bugs are tenacious. You will need to vacuum any known or suspected hiding places and then immediately wrap the bag in plastic and take it outside. Clothes will need to be vacuumed, laundered, and wrapped in plastic, as well as any luggage. Even then, eradicating bed bugs from your home will require chemicals to be used. To ensure the proper chemicals are used and that they are used in all possible bed bug hiding places, get an expert to help you.
Bed bugs are notoriously tenacious. Experts recommend removing any furniture, luggage, or clothing that you can from the infested home. Whatever items cannot be removed should be wrapped in plastic to kill off any eggs that remained after clearing out the adult bed bugs. The biggest concern with bed bugs is reinfestation. Bed bugs are survivors. They are very good at keeping themselves from being entirely removed from their host’s homes.
Bed bugs are not cutesy or whimsical at all. Without proper handling, they can be one of the hardest pests to manage if your home becomes infested. Their itchy and irritating bites can make life feel like a nightmare. Keeping your home from getting reinfested can be a difficult and stressful process. It can take a lot of frustration to stop the bed bugs from biting.