Ah, Music City. What a magical place. It’s where country music dreams go to live or die. But guitars aren’t the only thing coming in and out of our town. You’ll be surprised to learn that all of the tourists and future country music stars actually increase your chances of incurring a bed bug infestation in your home.
For small pests, bed bugs sure know how to get around. This can be attributed to their extreme clinginess. They’ll grab on to anything to hitch a ride to their next potential food source (which, by the way, could be you). That’s right. Bed bugs feed on human blood just like a tick or a mosquito, only they’re much sneakier about it. They wait to attack when you’re asleep so that they won’t draw as much attention to their presence.
If you’ve got bed bugs in your house, it’s because they rode in there on your clothes, shoes, pets, or luggage. That means you have to be very careful when traveling, as anyone traveling with you may transfer bed bugs from their belongings to yours.
Another way you can incur a bed bug infestation is by bringing secondhand furniture into your house. Although used furniture can be a good way to save money, it can also be a good way to introduce bed bugs into your home. All it takes is one contaminated piece of furniture for an infestation to spread throughout your home and start a cycle of interrupted sleep and health risks.
The best way to avoid bringing bed bugs into your home is to simply be careful and diligent in checking the items you’re bringing into the house. After you travel or even after you visit a high-risk area for bed bugs, like a bus station, airport terminal, or hotel, be especially careful to check your clothes, shoes, and bags for these tiny pests.
Spotting The Signs
Once bed bugs do get into your home, they can be almost impossible to get rid of. And the longer they stay, the more likely the infestation could lead to severe health effects like skin irritation and insomnia. That’s why seeing the signs early is important. Bed bugs infestations typically include:
- Rust-colored stains: this is the result of bed bugs excrement on your furniture.
- Musty odor: every bed bug has a slight stench, but a severe infestation will be very noticeable
- Bloodstains: typically, nightly feedings will result in droplets of blood left on the sheets or furniture cushions.
- Bite marks: itchy, red bumps in zig-zag or straight-lined patterns are left from the previous night’s attack.
These signs are not terribly difficult to notice, so many homeowners will catch the signs early. However, they still wind up with skin irritations and insomnia that often come with large infestations because they try to treat the problem themselves. If you search the Internet for ways to get rid of bed bugs, you’ll wind up purchasing sprays or simply trying to vacuum them off of the furniture.
However, a bed bug infestation typically includes hundreds more bed bugs under the surface of these furniture items, including their eggs. Home remedies might get rid of the surface pests and give you an evening or two of relief, but the attacks will continue when the eggs hatch.
Instead of wasting your money and resigning yourself to frustrating cycles, why not trust in the guaranteed approach? For a solution that you can count on, call the professionals at ThermalRid at the first sign of bed bugs.