Why Florida Bed Bugs Are Most Active in Late Summer
August 10, 2018
The dog days of summer are coming to an end and even though it’s really still as hot as ever, most of us are ready to spend time outdoors after hiding from the heat for the last couple of months. Even those of us who would rather remain in air-conditioned bliss probably have a multitude of reasons to get moving.
Calendars are filling up with activities. Kids are heading back to school. Students are making their treks to college. Vacationers, intent on avoiding summer crowds and summer heat, are on the move to a multitude of Florida destinations.
With all this hustle and bustle, it’s not just people who are on the move. The increase in travel during this time of year brings with it an increase in the movement of bed bugs looking for new homes to infest.
Bed bugs are expert travelers and are often referred to as hitchhikers because of how easily they hitch a ride with someone new. With an increase in travel to and from schools, hotels, and a host of other public areas, the likelihood of bed bugs being in these areas, and the likelihood of picking up bed bugs from these areas greatly increases.
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not only remain on beds and they do not prefer dirty accommodations. They are just as likely to be found at the swankiest location as they are at the most unkept places you can imagine. That’s why it’s so important to be on guard whenever you go out in order to minimize your risk of bringing bed bugs home with you. How do you do that? By knowing the signs.
Signs That Bed Bugs are Present
Bed bugs are not only expert travelers, they’re also expert hiders. It is unlikely that you’ll see them out in the open scurrying around in plain view. Instead, you need to know where to look for them.
Where They Hide
Bed bugs love crevices. You can find them in the corners of your mattress or along the seams. They’re likely to hide in the spaces between a mattress and a headboard or footboard. They like to stay behind picture frames on walls and in the cracks of windows. Where the floor meets the wall is another popular place for them to hang out. Corners and seams on furniture is another spot they may hide.
What They Look Like
If you check these areas, whether you’re at home or in a public area, you’ll need to know what you’re looking for. Bed bugs can range from a light yellowish brown to dark brown depending on their age. While the milky white eggs are about the size of a pinhead, the bugs themselves can grow to the size of an apple seed. They have flat bodies that swell after a feeding.
There are other signs that indicate a bed bug infestation and oftentimes these are what tip people off to a problem before they even see the bugs themselves. These include:
- Bites - If you find small red clusters or lines of bites on your skin when you wake up, you might have a bed bug problem.
- Blood spots - If you see small pinprick spots of blood on your sheets, bed bugs might be feeding on you at night.
- Urine and fecal matter - Small brown or black streaks on mattresses, sheets, and furniture could be excrement from bed bugs.
- Casings - As bed bugs go through their larval stages, they shed their skin. If you find a lot of these skins, you might have bed bugs.
- Scent - If you notice a musty odor and there are no other culprits, such as wet towels, bed bugs might be present.
What to Do if You Have Bed Bugs
While keeping careful watch to prevent yourself from bringing bed bugs home is ideal, it’s still possible that they’ll hitch a ride with you undetected. If you find bed bugs in your home, it’s important to call the experts. Trying to take care of the problem yourself could result in missed bugs or eggs, leaving you open to re-infestation, not to mention. Nozzle Nolen has the experience and equipment to effectively kill bed bugs in all stages of life, leaving your house free of these parasitic pests so you can enjoy your home once again. Give us a call today to learn more about our bed bug control options.
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