Avoiding Bed Bug Bites This Spring
May 16, 2017
Now that spring is here there are a lot of things going on for most of us. Kids are getting ready to come home from college, summer vacations are being planned, and a weekend getaway is always popular this time of year, as well. Even in our own neighborhoods, more people seem to be getting out and about, whether it’s just going for walks in the park or shopping for a new summer wardrobe. There is a lot to do this time of the year, and we just want to make the most of the nicer weather when it is offered.
The increased traveling and activity, in general, means that bed bug infestations are also on the rise. These pests can come from anywhere nowadays. Dorm rooms, schools, airplanes, hotels, even park benches might be hiding a bed bug or two who would be more than happy to hitch a ride in a pocket so they can make their way into a nice, comfortable living situation without anyone noticing a thing. It happens somewhere in the United States every single day.
It is a common misconception that you only get bed bugs in dirty surroundings or by bringing old mattresses into your home. Frankly, bed bugs do not care about your housekeeping abilities or if your mattress is a hand-me-down. They don’t even really need a mattress at all. Bed bugs are just as comfortable living in the carpet, in the cushions in the living room, or in your office as they are in the bedroom - though the bedroom is where they commonly can be found simply because that is where their food source (you) spends the most uninterrupted time (sleeping). The bed bug waits until their host is asleep or at least settled somewhere for a while and will creep out of their hiding spots. Then, without the host even knowing they were there, they bite. It isn’t painful, and the host may not even notice for a day or so that they have an itchy rash that they didn’t have before.
Unlike mosquito bites, or other pest bites, it isn’t always easy to know that you have been bitten by bed bugs. The bites can be anywhere, especially where the skin is exposed when sleeping. Its rash-like quality leaves many believing that they were exposed to something they were allergic to more often than believing they were used as food.
After it happens a second time, you may think that something is not quite right and begin to look for the source of the rash. Inspection is the key to determining a bed bug problem. Finding tiny drops of blood on the sheets or pillowcases or perhaps brownish stains that come from pest waste is a sure sign. Further inspection might turn up tiny black dirt spots which are likely eggs or even adult bug bodies around the mattress, headboard, couch, or even pet bedding.
Suspecting that you have a bed bug infestation is no small matter. No amount of DIY remedies will completely eradicate this pest. The eggs will always survive to eventually hatch, and the problem begins all over again. Give Moyer Pest Control a call at the first sign of a bed bug infestation. Our licensed technicians will work with you to determine the source of the problem with the use of our K9 unit and other methods and will determine the best way to completely remove bed bugs from your home. Give us a call today.