Why Bed Bug Problems Are Only Getting Started in Port St. Lucie
September 20, 2018
Here in Port St. Lucie, with the transition from summer into fall also comes a change in routines. Laidback days spent by the pool and family vacations give way to early morning school days and jam-packed schedules.
You may think that due to the increase in travel and the warmer temperatures which bed bugs thrive in, summer would be this pest’s peak season. However, it’s actually right now as summer transitions into the fall season that bed bugs present the biggest threat. It makes sense if you think about it.
As summer draws to a close, Port St. Lucie families are returning home from their vacations. When they return home, any bed bugs they’ve picked up in their travels will be introduced into their homes and lead to a full-fledged bed bug infestation in a short period of time.
There is also a chance that as the fall season begins and kids start heading back to school, they’ll pick up bed bugs while at school and bring them home. That’s right, bed bugs can live in schools too! Contrary to what their name implies, bed bugs are not only found in bedrooms. If a student unknowingly introduces bed bugs into their school, those pests will find many suitable places to infest and it is likely that some of them will end up climbing onto other students’ backpacks or clothing and hitch a ride into previously un-infested homes.
Bed bugs can be found living in a number of different environments and are very good at remaining hidden. Any areas with crevices, seams, creases, or holes make the perfect place for these pests to hide. If you think bed bugs have been brought into your home, the beds and mattresses are a good place to start looking, but these are not the only places you should check. However, as we mentioned before, these are not the only places you should check. Bed bugs have also been found hiding in other furniture items, behind picture frames, along the edges of walls and floors, in rugs, in clothing, in luggage and bags, and even in electrical outlets.
With the increase in bed bug activity this time of year, it’s more important than ever to remain vigilant in preventing bed bugs from entering your home! Although bed bugs can survive in a wide range of temperatures, the warm, humid climate in Port St. Lucie provide the ideal conditions for bed bug populations to grow and thrive. Although it cools down a bit during the winter in our area, if bed bugs make themselves at home in your house now, they’ll be able to enjoy a temperature-controlled environment all winter long and grow their populations before the hot, humid days of spring and summer come back around.
Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers and can easily be carried into your home without being detected. The best way to prevent these pests from infesting your home is to perform frequent inspections of your home, checking for signs of bed bugs to make sure that none have been inadvertently brought into your home. If you’re doing frequent checks and at some point you find one or two in your home, there’s a good chance that you have discovered them early enough and that treatment will be simple and effective.
A few other bed bug prevention tips include:
- Keep the clutter in your home to a minimum. Although bed bugs will invade both clean and messy homes, the fewer places they have to hide, the easier it will be to discover them.
- Teach your kids to hang up their backpacks instead of placing them on rugs, both at home and at school, and if possible, have them keep their backpacks from touching other kids’ backpacks.
- Know the signs of a bed bug infestation. These signs include discovering lines or clusters of bed bug bites in the morning, finding small red dots of blood or yellowish-brown and black streaks of bed bug urine and feces on your sheets or pillows, and finding bed bug casings around your mattress, box spring, or other areas of your home.
Now, you may be thinking that if you only have a few bed bugs in your home, you can just treat them on your own. However, if you miss just a single bed bug during the extermination process, they will be able to repopulate inside your home, leaving you to deal with them all over again! In addition, the chemicals used to treat for bed bugs can be harmful to you, your family members, and your pets. If you find bed bugs in your home, it’s important to have them treated by a professional pest control company that knows what they’re doing instead of taking matters into your own hands. At Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions, we offer several different treatment options for bed bugs and will help you choose the plan that’s right for your home as well as for the severity of the infestation you’re dealing with. Whether through our heat treatment, structural fumigation, or conventional methods, you can count on us to take care of your bed bug problems! Give us a call at Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions at the first sign of bed bugs in your Port St. Lucie home! We’ll get rid of them, guaranteed!
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