Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite
Get rid of Bed Bugs and Keep your Family Safe!
‘Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite’ is an innocent nursery rhyme exchanged before bed to encourage sweet dreams during youth. You ask yourself, how bad can bed bugs be when it’s in nursery rhymes? In reality, bed bugs have become literally a nightmare for those unfortunate enough to experience them.
Bed bugs have been around since the beginning of time and all but disappeared since the 50’s. However, bed bugs are back and becoming increasingly more common across United States. Lack of public awareness is a main cause of the continued spreading of bed bugs.
Bed bugs can live in any home in tiny cracks in furniture as well as on clothes and upholstered furniture. They tend to be most common in areas where people sleep. Bed bugs generally concentrate in beds, including box springs, mattresses and bed frames. Other sites where bed bugs often live include the corners inside dressers, curtains, other furniture, and inside the spaces of wicker furniture. Since bed bugs can live for months without feeding, they can also be found in many vacant homes.
The key to preventing yourself form getting bed bugs is to know when you are at risk of encountering them. Remember that all it takes is one to two bed bugs introduced to an environment to become a major infestation over time. Bed bugs hide in any small crevices and can survive without food for one year. Bed bugs may accompany clothing, luggage, furniture, and other such objects as stowaways when moved between apartments, homes, work and hotels.
The four most common ways bed bugs are transported:
- Luggage exposed to bedbugs from travel
- Used furniture, such as reconditioned mattresses and couches
- Neighbors from adjoining apartments
- Dry cleaning and laundry facilities
Some basic preventative tips on bed bugs when traveling:
- Do not stay overnight in places that you know are infested with bedbugs.
- After removing the sheets and bedding, perform a thorough inspection behind the headboard and on the mattress and look for small bugs and black specks (dry blood or bedbug droppings). Call the front desk of your hotel if you have any concerns.
- If you are staying in a hotel, try not to unpack everything and be cautious of unnecessary exposure of your clothes to the environment.
- Keep your luggage zipped up when not in use to keep bedbugs from hitchhiking.
- Inspect your luggage for bedbugs before leaving your hotel.
- After returning from a trip, do not expose your luggage to the living areas of your home if possible. Unpack in your garage and wash all clothes in hot water or at a dry cleaning service. It is a good idea to put your luggage in a sealed trash bag while in storage.
Other preventative tips on not getting bed bugs:
- Do not pick up furniture that could be exposed to bedbugs.
- Before moving to a new apartment, find out if it has a history of bedbug infestations. Make sure your neighbors that you share walls with do not have bedbugs. Remember, this type of insect can travel through walls.
- Inspect your dry cleaning and clean laundry before heading home.
Bed Bug Frequently Asked Questions
What are bedbugs?
- Bed bugs are small, flat, brownish insects that feed on blood of people.
- An adult bed bug is about ¼” long fully matured.
- Bed bug nymphs or young are much smaller and almost colorless before first blood meal.
- Eggs of bed bugs are white and very small (1mm)
- Bed bugs have 5 nymphal stages before adulthood is reached each requiring a blood meal for its further development.
Why bed bugs cause serious nightmares?
- Love to suck your blood your blood - Bed Bugs prefer human blood and will feed countless amount of time during its life
- Attack people when they are most vulnerable - Bed Bugs are nocturnal and mostly feed at night while hosts are deep asleep between the hours of 3am to 5am
- Hard to detect when they feed - Actual bites and feeding of human blood are painless and undetectable in most cases.
- Do carry a lot of diseases but don’t spread them - Over 25 most dangerous disease pathogens have been found in bed bugs, transmission pathogens to humans has never been documented
- Can hide away a long time - Bed Bugs can live to 2 years without a blood meal
- Can be almost anywhere and everywhere in your home - Bed Bugs can hide in any crack and crevices
- Can and will go anywhere in your home - Bed bugs will travel long distances through walls and other obstacles to reach a meal.
- Very hard to get rid of - There are known populations of bed bugs that are resistant to pesticides.
- Can drive you crazy - There are phobias that is associated with bed bugs
True or False Statements About Bedbugs
False - Bedbugs can live anywhere and everywhere inside your home. They are known to travel great distances between blood meals.
False - Cases of bedbug infestation have been found anywhere in the world. Third world countries encounter worse bedbug problems due to a lack of resources needed to control them.
False - Proper sanitation and reducing clutter in your home can contribute to eliminating them. However, a clean home is just as vulnerable to bedbugs as a dirty home.
False - We are fortunate that they only carry dangerous disease pathogens and not transmission pathogens and do not spread them.
False - It is highly recommended that one seek professional help if you suspect you may have bed bugs. The problem can spread and get lot worst if bed bugs are not controlled quickly by professionals with experience, knowledge and proper products.
Do and Don’t when you discovered that you have bed bugs:
Do not start spraying, bombing, or fogging in a panic. Bedbugs harbor in cracks and crevices so improper use of the wrong products at wrong places will only spread the bugs out to larger areas.
Do not throw out your mattress. Throwing your mattress away will not get rid of your bedbug problem. Your mattress can still be saved with cleaning and proper treatment.
Do not sleep in other rooms or move out on your couch. Sleeping in other rooms will only spread the bedbug contaminations to other locations.
Do not sleep at other people’s homes. Sleeping at family and friend's homes will only increase the possibility of spreading the problem to other people.
Do not wait too long. Their populations can spread very quickly so the longer you wait, the longer and more difficult it is to get rid of the problem.
Call a trusted pest control professional if you need someone with experience in getting rid of bedbugs.
Eliminate hiding spaces for bedbugs by reducing clutter.
Wash all your clothes with hot water.
If you have any questions and inquiries, feel free to call our friendly team today. Our staff will be pleased to assist you in eliminating bedbug infestations in your home.