The Dreaded Bed Bug and What to Do about It
Bed bugs. They are ugly, nasty creatures that can make life terribly miserable should they find their way into your home. So what do you do if you are unlucky enough to have them as houseguests? Call an exterminator. More about that later. But first, let us talk about where these bugs get their name and how they might get in.
There is nothing about the bed bug that makes it uniquely preferable to your mattress. These insects can live anywhere they find adequate protection and a good food supply. We call them bed bugs because once in a home, they find mattresses rather hospitable. A mattress provides the protection they need and an ample supply of food. Don’t be fooled by these tiny critters, they will even take residence in your Memory Foam Mattress given half the chance!
Bed bugs do not fly, but they are very good at jumping. They can get into your home in a number of ways. They can travel on your clothing, your shoes or even in things you are carrying. For example, did you know that libraries routinely check their books for bed bugs? If a family with a bed bug infestation borrows a book, the bugs can take up residence in the book. That book could then return to the library and be lent out to someone else, transporting the bugs to a new home.
Let the Professionals Handle It
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. They are prolific, and they are difficult to find in all of their hiding places. This is why we recommend allowing a professional to take care of the problem. You might be able to buy DIY products down at the local department store, but unless you know how to use those products, they will probably not work.
An exterminator knows where to find bed bugs and how to deal with them. Depending on your situation, you may have to dispose of some of your linens and clothing, and perhaps even bedding and furniture. A lot of it depends on how severe the problem is.
Signs the Infestation
How do you know if you have bed bugs? There are some tell-tale signs that most people will recognise, beginning with what appeared to be small insect bites on the legs and arms. You may go to bed without a problem, only to wake in the morning with a bunch of little bites. If you have bed bugs, you will also see small dark dots on your sheets and blankets. These dark dots are bloodstains from the bugs feeding on you.
Should you suspect you have bed bugs, you can lift up the mattress and look underneath. They are hard to see with the naked eye, but getting down close should allow you to see them as little black dots. A magnifying glass may help as well.
Hosting bed bugs is certainly not a pleasant experience. Should you be unfortunate enough to have them, rest assured that they are treatable. You can take your home back with the help of a pest control expert.