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The Dangers Of Bed Bugs In Your West Chester Home

April 16, 2021

 

Bed bugs are parasitic hitchhikers that can happen to anyone, not just those with dirty homes. They often make their way into homes and businesses by catching a ride on a person’s belongings. These apple seed-sized critters are flat and oval-shaped. They are brown but will appear red after a blood meal. 

As their name implies, bed bugs are often found in and around places where people sleep. This includes houses, dorms, apartments, shelters, and, more specifically, mattresses and sheets. However, bed bugs can be found in other places such as carpets, furniture, and wallpaper.

a cluster of bed bugs crawling on a bed

Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that come out to feed at night, so they are not often seen by the people they are feeding on. Under the right condition, bed bugs can live up to a year. Without a blood meal, bed bugs can live for several months.

These parasites come with a host of problems for those they bite. Because bed bugs can happen to anyone, as a West Chester, Pennsylvania homeowner, you should know about the health problems these insects can cause.

Health Concerns From Bed Bugs

Although there is no concrete evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases, they can cause some health concerns. These problems include the following:

  • With their nocturnal nature, bed bugs can keep a person up all hours of the night with their biting. Along with biting, dealing with a bed bug infestation can cause a lot of stress, affecting a person’s sleeping pattern. 

  • Itching can be a problem on its own, but bed bug bites can cause secondary infections from scratching and keeping wounds open and susceptible. Infections can lead to worsening issues if not taken care of.

  • Shed body parts and feces can trigger allergies and asthma. 

  • Infestations that are large enough and last long enough can cause anemia.

Preventing And Controlling Bed Bugs

Another major problem with bed bugs is how hard they are to prevent and control. Bed bugs don’t only happen to dirty homes. They can happen to anyone. The following are some ways bed bugs can get into any home:

  • Used furniture, appliances, and fabric items are a major source of bed bugs. They can hide in the joints and crevices of wooden furniture, in the seams of upholstered items and curtains, and electronic devices.

  • Bed bugs can come home with you when you travel. When traveling, never put your bags or belongings on the floor, including restaurants and movie theaters. If you are staying at a hotel, always inspect the room, including the floor, curtain, mattress, and pillows. You should also check the luggage rack for bed bugs before using it, as it can be a hotspot.

  • If you live in an apartment, bed bugs can travel between units. Because a bed bug infestation can be out of your control, it is essential to keep your home on a regular cleaning schedule to make sure you catch an infestation as soon as it happens.

It can be challenging to rid your home entirely of a bed bug infestation due to their size and ability to hide in small cracks and crevices. At the first sign of a bed bug infestation, it is important to seek professionals for help.

Professional Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs are not a pest you should attempt to rid your house of on your own. If you see signs of a bed bug infestation, contact Moyer Pest Control professionals. Professional help can ensure your West Chester home is a pest-free environment. Contact Moyer Pest Control today!

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