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Frequently Asked Bed Bug Questions In Souderton

March 23, 2020

 

We get a lot of questions about bed bugs. We thought it would be nice to put them in one spot. So, here you have it. Take a look at this list of frequently asked bed bug questions. The answers should help you to get a better understanding of these bugs and what is required to protect yourself and your family from them.

How do you get bed bugs in your bed?

You don't have to do anything to get bed bugs in your bed. Bed bugs love you for you. The insect, Cimex lectularius, commonly known as the bed bug, has a preference for eating human blood. It will get into your bed because you sleep in it at night. 

bed bugs on mattress

How can I tell if I have bed bugs?

Bed bugs range in size from 1 to 4.5 mm in length. They're really small and difficult to see. They also have a penchant for hiding. Bed bugs don't like the light. This will have them hiding in every dark place they can find in your home. They also prefer to be in tight spaces. This is called thigmotaxis. So they squeeze into tiny cracks and gaps that are difficult to see into. But at night, when they roam around, they can leave some hints that they were out and about, such as:

  • Tiny black excrement

  • Black stains from excrement

  • Tan or brown dried blood stains

  • 1 mm pale white eggs

  • Shed skins

  • Bites on your skin

These are your best way of detecting bed bugs in your Souderton home. These signs may be out in the open. But the best way to find them is to do a detailed inspection.

What is the first sign of bed bugs?

Any of the hints listed above can be your first sign of bed bugs. You can look for these warning signs in the following places:

  • The gaps and seams of luggage

  • Seams in duffel bags, book bags, and pocketbooks

  • The seams on mattresses and box springs

  • Between mattresses and box springs

  • Sheets and bedding

  • Bed skirts

  • Stitching on upholstered furniture

  • Baseboards and outlet covers

What do bed bugs look like on a mattress?

If you see a single bed bug crawling on your mattress, it might not look like much. When a bed bug first hatches, it is about 1mm long, pale in color, and has translucent skin. If it hasn't had a blood meal, it won't have a bright red abdomen, which can make it noticeable. It will just look like a tiny, pale, six-legged insect.

Usually, bed bugs are found congregating together on a mattress. If you lift your mattress up and there are bed bugs between it and your box spring, you'll see tiny pale insects, larger rust-colored insects, black stains, tan stains, scattered eggs, and skins littered about. It's going to look like a mess. But this mess might be in a tiny spot the size of your thumbnail.

How do you kill bed bugs?

These are robust insects. While there are many ways to kill them, it is extremely difficult to exterminate them. Treatments for bed bugs must be performed in a strategic way to ensure elimination. At Moyer, we use K9 bed bug inspectors to help our teams narrow the treatment area to get effective results and save time and money.

Can you get rid of bed bugs on your own?

If you want to rid your home of bed bugs, we wouldn't recommend doing it on your own. The treatments used to control bed bugs can be far more dangerous than the bed bugs themselves. And using natural remedies can leave you exhausted, while these insects continue to inflict you with bites.

Are bed bugs hard to get rid of?

Yes. Bed bugs have been around since the beginning of recorded history. If they were easy to eliminate, they would be extinct by now. Why are bed bugs so hard to get rid of?

  • Bed bugs behave in a way that allows them to avoid danger.

  • Bed bugs hide in wall voids and other places where they can't be treated with topical pest control sprays.

  • Bed bugs can develop a resistance to chemicals.

Bed Bugs In Souderton

If you've found bed bugs in your Souderton home, reach out to Moyer Pest Control. We use industry-leading strategies and products to effectively exterminate bed bugs. We can help you get rid of those tormenting pests.

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