If you knew just how difficult it can be to get rid of bed bug infestations, you’d probably do everything in your power to keep anything carrying bed bugs out of your Nashville home. However, what if the thing most likely to be carrying bed bugs was you? That’s right, we are often how bed bugs gain access to our homes. That is because we pick them up while we are out in the world and unknowingly bring them back home with us. Once inside, bed bugs will make their homes in mattresses and box springs where they can easily feed on our blood as we sleep.
That’s why it is so important for you to know all the locations you are most likely to pick up bed bugs while out in the world. That way you can exercise caution to keep from picking up any bed bugs which might then infest your home.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small insects that grow to be about ¼ of an inch in length. They have oval-shaped bodies with six legs and antennae. Before feeding, bed bugs have flat bodies that are a mahogany color. However, after feeding, their bodies will engorge and turn to a reddish-brown color.
As previously stated, bed bugs often will make their homes inside of mattresses and box springs because of the easy access to people whose blood bed bugs prefer to feed on. However, after they get inside, bed bugs are wont to spread throughout homes which makes getting rid of them a difficult task.
Signs of bed bug infestations include blood smears or rust-like stains on sheets and pillows, musty odor emanating from the bed, and the appearance of bite marks on your body after sleeping.
Areas Where You Might Pick Up Bed Bugs
As bed bugs prefer to feed on the blood of humans, any place that has a lot of people could be prime for picking up bed bugs. Like little hitchhikers, bed bugs will catch rides on people or their luggage/bags without making their presence known. Then when the people return home, the bed bugs spread into the house. That is why you should exercise caution when venturing into any area that could be high in bed bugs. These areas include bus stations, train stations, airports, hospitals, lodging establishments, and schools. If you are venturing into any of these areas, some tips to help prevent picking up bed bugs include:
Do not place your luggage, bags, or purses directly onto the ground.
Do not sit or lie directly on the ground.
Inspect hotel and dorm rooms for the signs of bed bugs before using them.
Inspect your luggage and your body for bed bugs before returning home from any of these areas.
Other Ways Bed Bugs Get Into Homes
In addition to picking up bed bugs ourselves, another way that bed bugs will often get into homes is by sneaking in on second-hand items such as furniture, appliances, or clothes. As such, you need to inspect these items for the signs of bed bugs before you purchase them. Thoroughly washing any of these items before bringing them into your home can also help to prevent bed bug infestations.
What To Do If Bed Bugs Infest Your Home
Unfortunately, bed bug prevention is not 100%. Therefore, if you do find yourself dealing with bed bug infestation, don’t waste the time, money, and effort trying to get rid of it yourself. Instead, call the trained pest technicians here at ThermalRid right away. We have the knowledge and the experience required to effectively eliminate any bed bug infestation with which you might be dealing. Don’t lose sleep over bed bugs. Give us a call today.