Are These Bed Bug Bites?
July 7, 2017 Bed Bugs
It is surprising to learn that the fastest growing pest problem in the nation is often the last one any homeowner might expect; even though it has been widely publicized that the bed bug, once thought to be all but eradicated, are back with a vengeance. These tiny creatures are invading college campuses, hotels, homes, and even hospitals all over the U.S. in record numbers. Meanwhile, many of us seem to be blissfully unaware of the potential that they might enter our own homes.
One question we get asked time and time again is how on earth bed bugs got into my house? Distraught homeowners are often mortified that they could have somehow invited these pests inside. The truth is they might have gotten inside in any number of ways. If you have recently traveled, they could have gotten into your clothing or baggage by slipping into your suitcase at the hotel room. Or, you could have picked them up at the airport while waiting for a flight. You might even have picked a couple of bed bugs having dinner and a movie at a friend’s house. The fact is, these creatures can be anywhere, and they are just waiting for a likely host to take them in.
The fight against bed bugs starts at home. It is essential that homeowners understand what they are looking for and periodically check their home for signs that they have been invaded. First, look for the bugs themselves in the usual places, mattress, sheets, pillowcases, as well as any crack or crevice in the bed frame or headboard. Also, look in any area where the family frequents in the house - the living room furniture, pet beds, etc. Bed bugs, despite their name, are not limited to living in a mattress. What you are looking for are the bugs themselves. These are tiny, flat creatures that are oval-shaped and generally brownish-red. The bugs might not be immediately visible so make sure that the sheets and mattress are not sporting brown stains that could indicate insect waste or even droplets of blood that might have been left behind after a feeding.
It is a fact that most homeowners do not realize that they have an issue until someone notices a bite from a bed bug. Even then, it is often easily confused with mosquito bites or any other biting insect. The bed bug bites in areas of the body that are exposed while sleeping and tend to leave small, itchy, red welts on the skin in a linear pattern.
If that happens, or if you should find evidence that you suspect indicates a bed bug invasion, do not wait. Give us a call at Nozzle Nolen. We will come in and do a thorough inspection of your premises. Once we determine the extent of your bed bug problem, we can work with you to make sure that your home has the best treatment possible to completely eradicate bed bugs and keep them away.