Bed bugs bug people. If you didn't already know this, it’s about time that you found out. The question is, are bed bugs going to bug you this fall? It all depends. Do you plan on leaving your home or having company over? If so, then bed bugs causing trouble around your homes this fall is a possibility. To better help you understand how bed bugs cause problems for homeowners and teach you how to avoid these pests this season, here are a few things you should know.
What Are Bed Bugs & Are They Dangerous?
Bed bugs are small parasitic pests with a need for blood. You can identify these pests by their oval-shaped bodies, reddish-brown color, and the signs they leave behind, such as bloodstains and tiny blackish-red dots of fecal matter. A common myth about bed bugs is that they are too small to see. The truth is that they are just great at hiding. If you look hard enough around an area where bed bugs have infested, you will see them.
Just like vampires from folklore, bed bugs need a steady intake of blood to survive. The only difference between bed bugs and vampires is that you won’t turn into a bed bug after being bitten by one of these pests. You may, however, lose some sleep or have trouble with anemia. One of the biggest threats bed bugs bring, people actually inflict upon themselves after being bitten. Avoid this problem by simply not scratching at the bite sites bed bugs leave on your skin to prevent them from becoming infected and save you some unneeded discomfort.
How Bed Bugs Get Into Homes
Bed bugs are not fast creatures. They don’t have wings to fly, or any reasonable amount of speed to get around. Even worse, they cannot survive outdoors for any extended periods. Still, they are one of the most invasive species of pests here in America. How? With our help, of course. Maybe they are hyper-intelligent, perhaps they are programmed this way, but bed bugs have developed a method for surviving and getting around that in pest terms, is genius. What they do is use items we carry around on a day to day basis to travel. Your suitcase is their bus, your backpack their airplane, anything you pick up and move from one spot to another could be transportation for these pests.
Hot spots for bed bug activity include hospitals, hotels, airports, movie theaters, grocery stores, malls, and anywhere else that experiences heavy foot traffic. If you spend any time around these areas, be careful not to leave your belongings in one place for more than 20 minutes as this is all the time it takes for bed bugs to hitch a ride.
How To Identify & Handle Bed Bugs Inside Your Home
Because bed bugs are so good at hiding, there are certain things you need to do to identify them inside your home. The first thing we recommend is to check your bedding for bloodstains. These are left behind after bed bugs feed. After this, check your skin for bites. Bed bugs never bite just once, so their bites appear on the skin in a straight line or zig-zag pattern. Finally, check around your home for dots of reddish-black fecal matter. You are most likely to find this sign along baseboards, around outlets, and near cracks and crevices.
If you find any of these signs or spot a live bed bug inside your Nashville home, your next step is to contact a professional. At ThermalRid, we offer only the most advanced solutions for bed bug problems. With our team on your side, bed bugs will be out of your home, and your sleep will return to normal.
Reach out to our team today to discuss your options for treatments, or to get a quote for your Nashville, TN home.