Bed bugs are one of the most aggravating pests out there. Once they are in your home, it is difficult to get rid of them. To save yourself time and money, preventing bed bugs from getting into your home is the best way to stop an infestation. Here are some common ways bed bugs enter your home.
Bed Bugs Love to Travel
No, it's not a joke! When you go on vacation, hotels and other accommodations are bed bug magnets due to the large number of people who visit them. People traveling from place to place gives these parasitic insects numerous possibilities to move from one place to another, just by entering a suitcase. Hotels are just as likely to have a bed bug problem as they are to spread it.
Be Wary Second-Hand Furniture
As with luggage, furniture also provides a vehicle for bed bugs to enter your home. If you buy used furniture, thoroughly inspect and clean all items before bringing them into your home.
Another fact to keep in mind is that, although they are bed bugs, they not only live in beds but also cohabit and reproduce in closets, desks, chairs and sofas, expanding the possibilities of invasion of your home.
How to Know if There Are Bed Bugs in Your House
Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to find out if there are bed bugs in your home. The only way to be sure is to check for the following warning signs. In some cases, the first sign that you have "undesirable hosts" could be unusual bites and itching on the body. However, it is essential to know how to identify a bed bug bite.
In addition to discovering suspicious bites, some other signs may indicate that you have a bed bug problem:
- Dark, almost black stains around the mattress and box spring, particularly around the joints and slats.
- Small dark spots of blood on the bedding.
- Small remains of bed bug skin produced by the shedding of skin.
- Live bugs in furniture joints and baseboards.
If any sign of these triggers your alarm, do not hesitate to seek assistance to control them. Our Germantown Pest Control & Termite experts are ready to help you with your problem. Contact us today to set up an appointment.