Bed Bugs Are Everywhere
February 14, 2017
There are a lot of misconceptions about the appearance of bed bugs in this country. Once, these tiny creatures were thought to be more of a myth than a fact when they almost seemed to have died out; but, in recent years, bed bugs have made a comeback. This time, they mean business. Bed bug infestations have been reported all over the country and in all kinds of unlikely places.
Many people think that bed bugs only hang out in old smelly mattresses and dirty surroundings. The truth is, however, that the bed bug will happily set up shop anywhere. They are commonly found in clean places like hospitals, hotels, and college campuses as well as in unlikely places where there are not even any beds at all like grocery stores and libraries. Bus stations, airplanes, and movie theaters can host these pests as well. Bed bugs can be found in stores, in the park, in a taxi, or the waiting room at the dentist. There was even a case where a fire station in Alabama had to be shut down to exterminate a case of bed bugs.
Avoiding bed bugs in your home isn’t an easy task. These creatures are experts at traveling unnoticed on clothing, coats, and in luggage. How do you fight something that has the potential of coming home with you on your pant leg simply because you rested in a chair for a few minutes? If you have traveled and stayed with a friend or in a hotel, make sure that you wash everything that came home with you immediately using the hottest setting. Then spend some time going over every crevice in your luggage with a vacuum to make sure any stray pests are removed. If you make it a point to check your clothing and coats that you wear out on a regular basis, it will help as well. The best defense against a full-blown infestation is to inspect often.
Identifying a bed bug infestation can be tricky, but there are a few things to look for. Start by looking for their common hang outs in the house. They do enjoy the bedroom as it gives them easy access to their sleeping host, and you might see bed bug bodies around your mattress and sheets, especially near the headboard. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and are typically reddish brown. You might also see tiny brown specs that could be eggs as well as staining from bed bug waste or blood droplets. Then, you might also want to check other areas such as the couch or other living room furniture as well as pet bedding the same way. Take a peek at electrical wall outlets too. When a large infestation is present, you may see black streaking coming from the outlets.
If you suspect that you do have bed bugs, do not wait. Contact Moyer Pest Control. Our highly skilled technicians and our K-9 inspection team work together to do a thorough inspection of the premises to determine exactly how bad the infestation is. Then, we will work with you to determine the best solution to your problem. Our heat treatment program is the most effective way to kill bed bugs as well as any eggs that they might have left behind. Call us today to schedule your initial inspection, to learn more about our K9 unit, heat treatments, or any of our other effective bed bug solutions.