Bed bugs are a notorious pest that affects millions of the U.S. population each year. Not only are they easily transferable, but they are also very difficult to eliminate. Given their name, they are known to feast on their victims at night making them more difficult to catch and treat until they’ve already multiplied by the thousands. You’ll most likely find these pests in the crevices of your mattress, but they can also be found in clothing, storage, couches, and other small/confined areas. If you have bed bugs, you’ll see a group of tiny reddish/brown bloodstains on the sheets of the bed or tiny black bed bug excrement.
How are bed bugs eliminated?
Bed bugs are known to hitchhike from victim to victim. If you’re in close contact with someone you know has bed bugs, chances are you will carry them home with you and continue to have the same issues. If you’re seeing signs of bed bugs in your sheets, there are steps you can take to prevent them from spreading. Try these steps if you’re finding bed bugs in your home:
- Remove all linens from all beds and wash them thoroughly. Dry on a very high heat. Bed bugs “can’t survive in temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit or above” (pests.org).
- Vacuum all carpet/rugs and all surrounding areas. Make sure to empty the vacuum outside.
- Seal any open crevices and cracks such as outlets, baseboards, or cabinet cracks. Bed bugs can hide and live within these small areas.
Sometimes, you may not be able to remove the problem on your own, even after weeks of washing and vacuuming. That’s when a pest control professional can come in and help. We are trained to not only eliminate the issue but prevent any further damage.
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- Bed Bugs – How To Identify Them and Not Take Them Home: Updated for 2020. (2019, August 28). Retrieved January 06, 2021, from http://www.pests.org/how-to-check-prevent-and-get-rid-of-bed-bugs/