Bronx Pest Professionals' Advice On Bed Bug Control    

4/15/2020

One of the most common fears among all people is being attacked in their sleep. And the scariest thing of all is that this fear shouldn’t just be reserved for bad guys in horror movies; your health could be at risk from bites at night from unwanted pests that can come into your house at any moment. 

a bed bug crawling on a headboard

Bed Bugs: Anytime, Anywhere

These tiny pests usually don’t get any bigger than 1/4 inch long. Before feeding, they’re oval in shape flat. After a blood meal, they become engorged and swell up like a balloon. That’s right, these rusty brown nuisances are a little bit like ticks: they feed on human blood and swell up as they get full. And even more disturbing than them feeding on your blood is the fact that it can be very difficult to prevent an infestation.

You see, bed bugs don’t care if your home is clean or dirty. They don’t care if you’re rich or poor, and they definitely don’t care if you just washed your sheets or haven’t washed them in a while. Is your blood red? If so, they're interested.

Traveling Companions

Another troubling fact about bed bugs is how easily they can enter your home. Nothing in particular attracts these pests to your Bronx residence. They simply look for anything they can cling on to that might bring them one step closer to their next meal.

Typically, they hitchhike inside on luggage, clothing, shoes, new furniture, or you. People generally pick up bed bugs when traveling to or visiting public spaces such as hotels, movie theaters, libraries, or laundromats.

The best way to limit bed bug activity is to simply check before you bring anything back into your home after visiting a public space that may be infested. When you travel and stay at a hotel, what’s the first thing you do? Usually, you walk into a hotel room, roll your suitcase right over to the bed, and lay it out on the sheets. Then, before you go to sleep, check the mattress carefully for bed bugs. Inspect the seams and the box spring. If there are bed bugs present when you go to sleep, some of them probably ended up in your suitcase without realizing it. Therefore, if you detect bed bug activity, alert the hotel staff immediately and request that you move to a new room.

And what about buying a new couch on Facebook Market? You might think $500 is a heck of a deal for the L-shaped leather sofa and loveseat. However, if you don’t check that furniture before you bring it into your home, you just paid $500 for a bed bug infestation instead. 

Unhappy Trails

While bed bugs can wind up in your home through multiple sources, they are most active from late night to early morning, so most bed bug bites occur while people are asleep in bed. If you begin to find lines of small, red bug bites on your skin, you might want to check for a bed bug infestation. These bites can happen anywhere on your skin, but bed bugs like to focus on areas with the highest blood flow like the neck, face, arms, and legs. A bed bug bite is a small, red bump that people usually only feel after they occur. Once the bite sits for a while, it will become inflamed and irritated.

Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to carry diseases but continued exposure to their bites can be detrimental to your health. Many people are hypersensitive to these bites and experience severe irritation. 
 
If you suspect bed bug activity in your home, check furniture and sheets with a small flashlight for small blood spots that indicate signs of an infestation. There also might be red or brown stains on clothing or other fabrics from bed bug droppings. Once you discover signs of an infestation, there isn’t much you can do to effectively eliminate bed bugs on your own.  Instead, simply contact the professionals at No Bug Pest Control at the first sign of a problem. Their trained professionals will work with you and your schedule so that you can protect your home against unwanted bed bugs and enjoy the peace-of-mind that comes with a pest-free home.

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