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Are Bed Bugs In Souderton Harmful To Humans?

June 4, 2021

 

One of the worst pest infestations you could ever experience is bed bugs. While they're not particularly dangerous, and they don't damage the structure of your home or transmit blood-borne diseases, they're still a terrible nuisance and one of the most resilient residential pests in the United States. Most people assume that bed bug infestations only happen to dirty homes, but even the tidiest of households are not immune to these sneaky hitchhikers.

Appearance And Information On Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are relatively small, flat, oval-shaped insects with six legs. They're mid to dark brown, and can only grow up to ¼ of an inch in length. Given their size and shape, they're often mistaken for apple seeds, miscellaneous debris, or various harmless beetles, but they are far from harmless. Though they haven't been proven to transmit any diseases, their presence in your Souderton home could cause serious issues for you and your family:

  • Insomnia from regular nighttime feeding

  • Secondary infections from scratching bites

  • Anemia from a large, extended infestation

These invasive parasites aren't mutually exclusive to grimy, unkempt, cluttered homes. While less maintained homes do offer more cover and a better mask for bed bugs to hide in, they can easily hide within pristine crevices as well. The state of a home isn't the issue, it's the manner in which they're introduced. These insects don't directly seek out your home; they crawl into your luggage, hideaway in purses, and even tag along on your shoulder.

How Bed Bug Infestations Start

While they are insects, they're rarely ever caught in nature these days, as they much rather dine on human blood. Bed bugs will often congregate where large groups of humans are:

  • Daycares, schools, colleges, and dormitories

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes

  • Malls, strip malls, second-hand stores

  • Hotels and motels

  • Apartment complexes

  • Infested furniture on the side of the road

  • Wilderness retreat cabins

Fact is, if you walk into a bad enough bed bug infestation, there's a high chance you'll end up taking a few homes with you. They hide in the seams of furniture, in the cracks between walls and carpeting, under wallpaper, around outlet plugs, in piles of soiled linens and clothing, and they'll even cling to curtains if an infestation is bad enough.

Preventing A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Souderton Home

When it comes to preventing a bed bug infestation, you can never be too careful. These hitchhiking menaces are incredibly small and easily concealed, so it's important to know where to look and what to look for. Brown stains on bed linens, excessive grime in the crevices of furniture, and shed remains of skin are all telltale signs of a bed bug infestation. Understanding where to look and what poses higher risks of infestation is just as important:

  • Thoroughly inspect every hotel room you stay in while away from home

  • Do not bring home discarded furniture on the side of the road

  • Keep your luggage and purses off of the ground whenever away from home

  • Inspect all clothing and furniture from second-hand stores before bringing them home

  • Downgrade your clutter to remove hiding spaces

  • Sweep and vacuum regularly

  • Wash your clothes immediately after returning home from vacation or business trips, and dry them on high heat

How To Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Souderton Home

Bed bugs aren't just annoying, they're also ridiculously resilient to most pesticides. Trying to deal with an infestation on your own will leave you frustrated, and it's not a cheap venture either. To acquire all the necessary equipment and pesticides will cost you well over a thousand dollars, and that's not including the two months' worth of hotel bills. If you're suffering from bed bugs, you're already dealing with sleep deprivation. Don't add unnecessary stress when you can call the professionals.

At Moyer Pest Control, we know what it takes to get rid of resilient pests like bed bugs. Our company was founded in 1869, and you don't stay in business for that long for no reason! We offer free inspections and cost-effective pest control plans, and we tailor each treatment to the specific needs of each customer. With over 140 years of service to our name, you can guarantee that we know what we're doing! So get in contact with us today and start sleeping easy again.

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