Bed bugs. Thirty years ago, no-one was talking about them. Now they're on everyone's mind. What are they? Why do they want to be in my home? Are they dangerous? How do I get rid of them? We get asked many questions about bed bugs, which is understandable since bed bugs feed on our blood while we sleep. Today we will be uncovering the secrets of bed bugs and showing you how you can identify them in your Nashville, TN home. If you're interested in learning more, keep reading. We have some information you'll want to hear.
Sign Number One: Blood Stains
As we mentioned, bed bugs feed on our blood while we sleep. And sometimes they can be sloppy. After feeding, it is typical for a bed bug to dribble blood on sheets after they detach from human skin. (Fun fact: bed bugs inject a small amount of a numbing agent before they draw blood, so they don't wake you up.) When searching your home for bed bugs, we recommend starting here. Take your bed apart and check linens for tiny red spots. These could be signs that bed bugs are nearby.
Sign Number Two: Fecal Matter
Although tiny, even bed bugs have to go to the bathroom. Most commonly, they will do this around areas they hide. (Fun fact #2: bed bugs are not nocturnal; they hide and sleep when we are awake.) For bed bugs, anywhere that is tight and out of view is a great hiding spot. Often they choose cracks in floorboards, furniture, behind electrical outlets, within mattresses, and inside piles of used clothing. Check around these areas for small blackish-red spots. These spots are the fecal matter bed bugs leave behind.
Sign Number Three: Bites
You may be wondering why bites are not number one. The reason for this is that not everyone reacts the same way to bed bug bites. Many people do not react at all. However, the people that do have reactions to bed bites can look for this sign. After waking up in the morning, check yourself for red bites in a straight line or zig-zag pattern on your skin. (Fun fact #3: bed bugs don’t just bite once. They start in one location and bite several times in a row.) This creates the pattern mentioned earlier.
Problems Bed Bugs Cause
For many years, bed bugs were believed to be harmless pests. Besides causing anemia, if the infestation was large enough, bed bugs did not pose much of a threat. Recently, however, scientists have discovered that bed bugs are linked to Chagas disease. Although rare in the States, this raises several questions about the dangers bed bugs might pose. We suggest erring on the side of caution when it comes to these blood-sucking pests.
Why DIY Doesn’t Work
When people discover bed bugs, they sometimes look for DIY methods to get rid of them. In our experience talking to homeowners, we have learned that this usually leads to stress and wasted money. Store-bought bed bug treatments can be a mess and even toxic to humans. To avoid this, we have a better solution.
Our Solution To Bed Bugs
If you suspect your home has bed bugs, we have options for you here at ThermalRid. We have heat treatments, chemical treatments, and even dust treatments from which you can choose. Our methods, combined with our friendly and experienced pest control technicians, will make sure your home gets back to being bed bug-free.