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How Do Bed Bug Infestations In New Castle Homes Start?

October 21, 2020

 

Only people that have dealt with bed bugs hate bed bugs. Those who have never lost sleep to these annoying pests typically don’t have much of an opinion. If you have never been kept awake by these tiny pest and would like to avoid them, we have some simple tips. Here is how bed bug infestations start and how to stop these sleep-wrecking pests from invading your New Castle home

What You Need To Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests that rely on blood to survive. Unlike mosquitoes that bite during the day, bed bugs will only feed off humans after they have fallen asleep. Despite their name, bed bugs are not exclusively found in beds. These home invaders may hide around beds but will also gravitate to other areas.
 
Unlike other pests that can live out in nature, bed bugs don’t have what it takes to survive outside for an extended time. Because of this, bed bugs have to get creative to survive. One of the ways they do this is by hitchhiking rides on items carried by people daily. Backpacks, luggage, furniture, appliances, and used clothing are all common items bed bugs use to get around.

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Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Up until just recently, bed bugs weren’t considered dangerous pests. The worst problems they caused were anemia and insomnia, but only in moderate to severe infestations. In the past ten years, however, studies have been done that have proven bed bugs capable of carrying and spreading Chagas disease. Fortunately, this disease is more common in South America and not yet widely spread in the U.S.

How Difficult Are Bed Bugs To Prevent?

One thing bed bugs are great at avoiding is danger. If threatened by pesticides, bed bugs will run and hide deep within homes. Bed bugs can remain hidden for upwards of five months without requiring a blood meal, and this makes treating for bed bugs especially tricky because even if you think you have succeeded in getting rid of them, they may come back once they feel it's safe.
 
The good news is that bed bugs are preventable. With a bit of knowledge and effort, there are ways to keep these sleep-ruining pests out of your New Castle home. Here are some of the best tips our experts recommend.

  • Learn how to identify bed bugs by the blood spots, fecal matter, and the eggs they leave around homes.

  • When traveling, thoroughly inspect rooms you will be staying in for signs of bed bug activity. Change rooms or establishments altogether if you find any signs.

  • If you change your clothing after working out or are returning home with a bundle of used clothing, store it inside an airtight plastic bag before entering your home. Once inside, empty this bag into the washer and run it at a high temperature.

  • Teach your children about bed bugs and show them how to inspect their backpacks for these hitchhiking pests before coming home. 

  • Inform your family and friends about bed bugs and show them how to avoid receiving and spreading infestations.

How To Treat Your Home For Bed Bugs

DIY methods rarely work to solve bed bug infestations. The only guaranteed way to remove bed bugs from your home is by hiring a professional. At Moyer Pest Control, we have the knowledge, experience, and treatments needed to effectively remove sleep-wrecking bed bugs from your house.

Give us a call today to find out more about our advanced pest control methods or to schedule a service visit for your New Castle home.

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