Bed bugs are a parasite that feeds on blood and live in bedding, couches, and upholstery. They were once considered rare but now they’re an issue for many people. They inject an anti-coagulant so the host can’t clot their blood, which is how they get their food source. If you find any signs of bed bug infestation, it is best to call an exterminator immediately because these parasites reproduce at a fast rate and can cause plenty of damage if left untreated.
Bed bugs can be difficult to detect because they are small and often go undetected until the infestation is severe. They also have a tendency to hide in secluded areas during the day such as mattresses, bedding, furniture cracks, and baseboards. The most common signs of an infestation are bites from these small creatures that will usually show up in a row or cluster on a person’s skin.
Common places where bed bugs are found in your home
They are usually found in places where people sleep or stay for a prolonged period of time. Bed bugs can be found in various locations, including planes seats, movie theaters, hotels, public transportation, and other shared spaces, which then get brought into your home. These insects have the potential to infest your home if you don’t take preventive measures to protect it. They are attracted to warmth and dark spaces so you need to make sure that they don’t have access to these things in your home.
Bed Bug Bites and How to Identify Them
Bed bug bites usually appear as small itchy bumps on your skin, but they may also look like blisters or pimples. If you think you have bed bugs, inspect your bed and other furniture for brown spots or tiny black insects crawling around in them.
How to Treat a Bed Bug Infestation
A trained exterminator will first examine the bed bug infestation and precisely identify the signs of bed bugs, such as small blood spots on sheets or small dark spots on the mattress. Then, they will use a non-toxic insecticide to kill them on contact or use heat treatments to eliminate all stages of bed bugs’ life cycle. Heat can also be applied using a specialized tool called a steamer which helps to get rid of these pests by releasing steam at very high temperatures that kill both eggs and live bedbugs.
Preventing Bed Bugs from Returning After Treatment
Bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of. But there are a number of things you can do to make sure they don’t come back. The first thing you should do is vacuum the area thoroughly and dispose of the bag or container. You should also wash all sheets and blankets in a washing machine set on hot water. Use a detergent with bleach instead of a fabric softener. Bear in mind it may take more than one treatment to rid your home of bedbugs for good. Stay vigilant even after the home has been treated.