What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are prolific breeders and live together in large groups but aren't social like ants and other insects. They don't work or nest together; it is every bed bug for themselves! Bed bugs are reddish-brown oval-shaped insects that lack wings.
The bed bug's main mode of transportation is hitchhiking on people or our belongings. They choose us to hitchhike on because our blood is their preferred food source. However, they will feed on the blood of other warm-blooded animals, including our pets. They feed by biting their host and using a specialized mouthpart (a proboscis) to consume their blood meals. When not eating, they store their proboscis underneath their body.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
When it comes to bed bugs, they are more likely to affect our mental health than our physical health. Yes, their bites can be itchy and leave behind unsightly raised red welts, but not everyone reacts to bed bug bites. Also, though they feed on blood, the biology of a bed bug makes it difficult for pathogens to survive long enough to be a major source of disease spread.
What bed bugs do cause is a lack of sleep and focus. It is hard to feel comfortable in a home that you know you are sharing with bed bugs. At the first signs of bed bugs in your home, it is essential to contact a professional immediately. Professionals can offer and execute the services necessary to completely eliminate an infestation, prevent a re-infestation, and provide you with the peace of mind to sleep soundly again.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
It is important to understand that bed bugs are opportunistic; they hitchhike anywhere there are people. An infestation can occur inside any home or business, and is not an indicator of how clean or dirty it is. Bed bugs only care that there is food available, not what their accommodations look like. It is always important to note that clutter allows them to hide longer, making it more difficult to identify an infestation.
Bed bugs stow away in almost anything, including luggage, furniture, clothing, mattresses, and boxes. When these items are moved from place to place, the bed bugs travel with them. When you, family, or friends visit your home and unknowingly have come into contact with bed bugs, they can accidentally introduce them into your home. They can also move around through wall voids or under floors, making them particularly difficult to control inside large, multi-unit buildings.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs live worldwide, wherever there are people or other hosts available. They move with us, so it is safe to say there may be bed bugs wherever there are people.
Regular bed bug hangouts include anywhere people come and go in large numbers:
- Hotels and motels
- Hospitals and schools
- Shopping center office buildings
- Cruise ships and resorts
- Movie theaters and libraries
- Airports, bus stations, train stations
- Laundry mats
Inside our homes, bed bugs live in various places. They initially like to take up residence in sleeping areas to be near us and make feeding easy. Bed bugs hide in seams of mattresses and box springs, in cracks in walls, behind wall hangings, and in footboards and headboards. After traveling throughout your home, they end up behind wall outlets, baseboards, door trim, under piles of clutter, and inside electronics.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Get rid of bed bugs with ease by partnering with the local pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. We are passionate about providing our customers with both exceptional customer service and pest control solutions. We take pride in being "A Business Built on Satisfied Customers!"
With over 35 years in the pest control industry, you can trust our family-owned-and-operated company to protect your family from pests. We offer flexible alternatives based on your needs and customize our services to meet your expectations. Whether you are experiencing a small problem with bed bugs or a large, full-scale infestation, our tailored services will match your exact needs.
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you to avoid bed bugs from overtaking your Georgia home. Our prevention tips are the best way to guard your home against bed bugs in conjunction with our pest control services.
- When traveling, always inspect your hotel room before bringing luggage inside. Keep clothing inside of suitcases; don't unpack them. Place dirty clothing in a plastic bag, not on the floor. Always inspect your suitcase for bed bugs before traveling back home.
- Regularly vacuum floors and furniture in your house to help eliminate stray bed bugs that may have hitchhiked their way in.
- Keep your home free of clutter that provides bed bugs with hiding spots.
- Inspect and thoroughly clean and sanitize used mattresses, box springs, or furniture before bringing them into your home. If possible, don't purchase used furniture.
- Place bed bug proof covers on mattresses and box springs to eliminate one of their most favored hideouts.
- Regularly change and wash bedding, checking mattresses for signs of bed bugs as you do.
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