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New Castle's Bed Bug Prevention Checklist

July 22, 2020


No one wants to deal with pests, but some are more tolerable than others. For instance, if you had ladybugs fluttering around your New Castle home or business, you might be able to withstand it. You’d probably feel annoyed, but that would be about it. On the other hand, if bed bugs were taking up residence in your space, you’d likely be anxious. These critters quietly suck your blood, and leave itchy bumps all over your body. They reproduce at lightning speed, and trying to get rid of them is an overwhelming task.
Being proactive about bed bug prevention is critical because it’s daunting once you have an infestation. Take some time to read about how these insects operate, so you’ll know how to keep them away. Further, you can learn how Moyer Pest Control will help when all else fails.

How Bed Bugs Come About

Before you can take any bed bug prevention steps, you have to know what they look like and understand how they behave. Common bed bugs are reddish-brown and have 1/4 inch long, oval bodies. They have two antennas, six legs, and circular heads and bottoms. The eggs they lay are pearly white, and their young are translucent.

a bed bug crawling and biting human skin

Blood is what keeps bed bugs alive. They live in spots where they’ll have great access to food. Public places like schools, offices, hotels, and bus stations often have problems with these pests. From there they can find their way into your bags or clothes, and come home with you. Once in your home, they’ll navigate to:

  • Fabrics

  • Mattresses

  • Couches

  • Upholstery

  • Appliances

  • Electronics

  • Wallpaper

  • Wood Trim

  • Flooring

The three signs of infestation are bites, stains, and odors. Bites on your body will be in clusters or lines and can appear similar to a rash. The stains will be blood drops, red-brown marks, and black or brown feces. The consistency of which may be powdery. As far as odors, bed bugs tend to generate a “musty” scent.
While bed bugs haven’t been found to spread disease, they can trigger other health conditions. Some people have mild to severe allergic reactions to their bites, which may result in respiratory difficulties and nausea. Others might contract a secondary bacterial infection from scratching their welts and opening their skin. Studies have shown that many individuals develop anxiety, insomnia, and other mental health issues as a result of bed bug infestations. When an infestation is especially bad, humans can become anemic from having so much blood lost.

How You Can Prevent Bed Bugs

By doing the things on this handy checklist, you’ll reduce the chances of being troubled by bed bugs:

  • Avoid putting personal items, like purses and backpacks, on the floor when out and about in public areas.

  • Try not to wear cuffed pants when you leave the house.

  • Keep your belongings distanced from that of others.

  • Inspect hotel rooms before entering. Inform maintenance if you see any bed bugs, and ask to be relocated to a unit further away.

  • Put your things and luggage in plastic bins or protective bags when traveling.

  • Wash your clothes in hot water when you return from a trip. Then, dry them with high heat for at least 20 minutes.

How Moyer Pest Control Exterminates Bed Bugs

If somehow you end up with a bed bug infestation, Moyer Pest Control will come to the rescue. To completely eliminate these bloodsuckers, you have to get to them all. Every egg, youth, and adult has to go. We use potent insecticides and heating treatments that will wipe out the whole bunch. Our bed bug services  include warranties and repeat applications, to ensure they’re really gone. Take your property back and call us today!

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