Say the words bed bugs and anyone within hearing range may feel a need to cover their ears, especially if they've been a victim of a bed bug infestation. Sometimes, denial is a great strategy. However, fending off bed bugs requires awareness and education. Here are three facts you should know about the insidious bed bug.
1. Bed Bugs Are Not a Sign of a Dirty Home
When people discover bed bug infestations in their homes, they may feel embarrassment or shame. They may be afraid to tell anyone or seek help with the problem, because they fear that other people will think their home is unkept.
However, bed bugs are not attracted to dirt. The cleanliness of your home is not a factor in bed bug infestations. You can scrub your home until your hands are raw and still have a bed bug problem.
Don't be ashamed to seek help with your bed bug problem. It's nearly impossible to battle a bed bug infestation on your own, so seek help from a qualified pest control company with experience treating this kind of insect infestation.
2. Bed Bugs Are Attracted to Humans
Bed bugs don't want your sugar, your cereal, or your dog's blood. They want your human blood, so they're drawn to your space by warm temperatures, moisture, and the carbon dioxide you expel with every exhalation.
Bed bugs enter your home in a variety of ways. The insects can migrate from a nearby infested apartment or condo without your knowledge. Bed bugs are known to travel up to 100 feet in a single night.
You can inadvertently bring bedbugs into your home when you've been in an infested area. High risk areas include shelters, multi-unit housing, cruise ships, buses, dormitories, and hotels.
You may introduce bed bugs to your home via the following items:
Reduce your risk of bed bug problems by washing all of your clothing and bedding when you get home. Use the hottest water possible and dry clothes on a high-heat setting. If you travel often for business or pleasure, inspect all the folds of your luggage each time you arrive home. Store suitcases and carry-ons in the garage or in sealed plastic bags between trips.
3. Bed Bugs Can Go Hungry for Months
A bed bug doesn't have to eat to stay alive. Bed bugs can survive between 20 and 400 days without feasting on human blood. They've evolved to play the long game.
You can beat bed bugs at their own game by routinely inspecting your home for signs of infestation. In fact, regular bed bug checks are the best strategy to discover and address bed bug issues before they get out of hand.
Bed bugs are often mistaken for ticks. Like some ticks, bed bugs are flat, reddish brown and only reach 1/5 to ¼ inch in length as adults. The insects leave tell-tale signs on bed sheets and other surfaces. Signs include small drops of rust-colored fecal matter and shed exoskeletons that look similar to popcorn-kernel husks.
Inspect your home for bed bugs by examining the following areas:
Bed bugs prefer wood, paper, and fabric materials; they may avoid metal and plastic furnishings. Look for the bed bugs within six feet of beds and other sleeping areas, since active bed bugs generally stay within eight feet of their human hosts.
If you need bed bug treatment in Upstate South Carolina, contact First Choice Termite & Pest Control Inc., today. We offer comprehensive bed bug treatment and control for residents throughout Spartanburg, Greenville, and the surrounding region.