Imagine back in the day when it was acceptable to pick up hitchhikers. You’re driving down the road in your van with a few extra seats, and you see that thumb of desperation from the side of the road. This guy looks nice enough, why not pick him up? Now imagine if that hitchhiker were actually a vampire. You’ve probably seen enough movies or shows to know how well that would go for you. But what you don’t realize is that a hitchhiking vampire is a real-life threat...and their official title is: bed bug.
How Do You Get Them?
One of the most frustrating things about these night-feeding bloodsuckers is how easily they can sneak their way into your home. By clinging on to you, your clothing, your family members, or your pets, they can hitch a ride right through your front door and into your furniture. Other common vehicles for bed bugs in Nashville are your luggage and used furniture that you might bring into your home. Watch out for those last two. You can easily bring bed bugs back from a vacation in your suitcase if you put it onto a bed to unpack. If you wind up having bed bugs in the hotel, they’ll have already jumped into your suitcase, so check before you return. You also need to check any used furniture before you bring it into your home: mattresses, couches, loveseats, even office chairs.
*Fun Fact: Bed bugs love to inhabit office-building furniture, like chairs and couches, even if there are no beds in sight. Make sure you’re not bringing them home from work with you!*
Why Do They Stay So Long?
Even though bed bugs are less than 5mm long, these brown/grey pests can establish quite a presence in your home. Bed bugs are notoriously hard to get rid of for many reasons. First: they’re incredibly prolific. You may kill a few per day, but they’re breeding a few dozen more per day, so you can’t keep up on your own.
Another reason they’re tough to get rid of with home remedies is that most of them are under the surface of the furniture they’re infesting. You might be able to suck bed bugs up in a vacuum, but there are tons more bed bugs (and their eggs) hidden within your mattress, waiting until the coast is clear to come up and feed. Plus, they don’t have to feed very often, so just when you think you’ve seen the last of them, more are sure to pop up. They are even immune to certain pesticides…hitchhiking vampires indeed.
So What Do You Do?
Well, first, I’ll tell you what not to do. Don’t waste your time and money on trying to get rid of these resilient pests yourself. You’ll lose sleep over the fact that nothing you try seems to beat them…and you’ll also lose sleep knowing they’ll most likely be feeding on you once you doze off.
Look, bed bugs might not be the most dangerous pests. (It’s not like they spread diseases or anything). But repeated bites can lead to serious skin irritations and even allergies. Worse still, knowing you have bed bugs is a surefire way to suffer from insomnia, even once you’ve eradicated the issue. So instead of risking the health hazards that come along with lack of sleep, why not use a permanent, affordable solution? The bed bug experts at ThermalRid can provide guaranteed bed bug eradication and prevention services with appointments available at your convenience. A better night’s sleep is just a phone call away, and the friendly faces at ThermalRid will be happy to help.