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Are Bed Bugs In Souderton Dangerous?

June 1, 2020

 

There are a lot of pests you may find in your Souderton home, but bed bugs are one of the bigger pest problems that homeowners can face. They are annoying and notoriously hard to exterminate. They quickly spread from room to room or apartment to apartment. They infest the nooks and crannies of bedding, furniture, and clothing. Once inside, they reproduce quickly leaving you with a problem that becomes out of control in a hurry. 

The other disgusting thing about bed bugs is that they bite humans and animals to feed on their blood. They are thought of as nocturnal because they will feed when their host is sleeping leaving behind small, red bites. Having a bed bug infestation not only makes your home feel unclean, but the bites, stress, and anxiety associated with a bed bug disaster make it hard to sleep.

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Bed bugs are rather small and expert hiders, so you might not see them until after you've noticed bites. Regardless, if you suspect an infestation, it’s good to know what they look like so you can identify them.

Here are the identifying characteristics of bed bugs:

  • They have flat, long, and oval bodies. 

  • They are about the size of an apple seed. 

  • After they've eaten a blood meal, their bodies become engorged and swell. 

  • They are usually reddish-brown.

  • Their abdomens have a somewhat striped appearance.

Bed bugs find their way into your Souderton home by hitchhiking on you, your belongings, or items you bring into your house. If you develop a bed bug problem, you likely picked it up from a public place.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

While some pests are dangerous to humans because of health concerns or property damage risks, other pests are mostly just a nuisance. When it comes to bed bugs, they might seem like they would be rather dangerous because they bite humans and feed on their blood.

However, studies regarding the dangers associated with bed bugs are still ongoing. As of now, there’s no definitive evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases to humans, but this doesn't mean there aren’t health risks associated with bed bugs.

If you have an infestation that is large enough or lasts long enough, bed bugs can cause anemia which is a medical concern. They can also be a problem because they cause insomnia as their bites can make it hard to sleep, and they can also cause secondary infections as people scratch their bites.

How Do Bed Bug Infestations Start?

Most bed bug infestations in homes start when bed bugs are brought inside after they’ve hitched a ride onto something.
One of the most common ways that bed bugs hitch a ride is on things like luggage, purses, or clothing while you’re traveling. You can pick up bed bugs in places like planes, trains, buses, hotel rooms, or other homes.
 
The other way bed bugs get into your home is by bringing in second-hand furniture or clothing that is already infested.
While bed bugs can be hard to prevent, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of getting them. Here are some prevention tips:

  • While traveling, avoid setting down luggage and purses as much as possible.

  • In hotel rooms or other room shares, check for any signs of bed bugs.

  • When using public laundromats, transport clothes in a plastic bag.

  • Check any secondhand furniture or clothing for bed bugs. 

  • Wash and dry items after traveling in hot water. 

Getting Rid Of Bed Bug Infestations

If you’ve noticed the signs of a bed bug infestation, the best thing to do is to contact the pest control professionals at Moyer Pest Control right away. To effectively eliminate an infestation, you have to kill every single bed bug making it nearly impossible to get rid of a bed bug problem on your own. 
 
After your free bed bug inspection, our licensed technicians will determine the severity of your problem and come up with a plan for bed bug extermination. We use a combination of heat and professional-grade products to ensure that your problem is safely eliminated. Reach out to us today to schedule your free bed bug inspection.

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