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Bed Bugs In New Castle: Fact Vs. Fiction

September 1, 2021

 

When people think of bed bugs, they often think of dirty, cluttered places. A bed bug infestation isn’t a problem that could happen to them because their house is clean and well taken care of. Bed bugs only exist in dirty homes, right? Wrong! Though it is a common misconception that bed bug infestations can’t happen in clean homes, the truth is that bed bugs will live anywhere.

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The Truth Behind Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs are not picky when it comes to meeting their basic needs. These blood-feeding bugs are happy as long as they have a constant source of food. Bed bugs feed off people while they sleep and can survive for several months without a blood meal. Bed bugs are typically found in beds; however, they can be found anywhere you spend time in your home, including in couches, chairs, wheelchairs, and carpets.

Bed bugs tend to hide during the day, so you may not be aware that you even have a problem until the infestation grows. One single bed bug can lay up to five eggs a day. With that knowledge, you can imagine how quickly a bed bug infestation can develop in your home. That's why it is so important to get started with pest control treatments for bed bugs as soon as you suspect a problem.

Bed bug infestations have to start somewhere. Here are some ways you could be inadvertently bringing these parasitic pests into your home:

  • Hotel stays

  • Traveling through airports, bus stations, and other forms of public transportation

  • Guests staying in your home

  • Bringing home used furniture

Tips To Prevent Bed Bug Infestations In Your New Castle Home This Fall

Knowing how bed bug infestations can start is a great way to stop a problem before it starts. When traveling, bed bugs can invade your luggage and hitchhike a ride home with you. They are great at hiding, so chances are you won’t know you've picked up an extra passenger or two. To help make sure that doesn't happen, store your luggage up off the floor and as far away from the bed as possible. When staying in a new place, it is good to give the bed a good once-over.

Look for signs of a bed bug infestation, such as:

  • Tiny bloodstains on the mattress, pillowcases, or sheets

  • Empty exoskeleton shells near the bed

  • Small, sand-like droppings under the bed

  • Bed bug eggs or adult bed bugs

  • A musty odor

When returning home from vacation, thoroughly vacuum your luggage and throw away the vacuum cleaner bag when done. After guests leave, change sheets immediately, washing and drying your bedding at a high temperature. When bringing used furniture into your home, always give it a thorough inspection first.

The Biggest Myth About Bed Bugs

You may think the biggest myth about bed bugs is that they are only found in dirty places, but in reality, the biggest myth is that you can rid your home of these pests by yourself. Over the years, bed bugs have grown resistant to over-the-counter treatments making it nearly impossible to exterminate them yourself. The good news is that you don’t have to.

Our trained New Castle bed bug control professionals at Moyer Pest Control will come in and give you a free inspection of your New Castle home. From there, we can develop a plan based on the size and specifics of the infestation we find. We offer spray services for small to medium infestations and heat treatments for larger infestations. Finding out you have a bed bug infestation can be stressful; call Moyer Pest Control today and let us take that stress away.

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