Lately, we’ve been hearing more about bed bugs both on the news and among our friends, but is there really anything to be concerned about? The answer is yes! Bed bugs are not just found in hotels or inside uncleanly homes, however. Bed bugs are becoming more and more common just about everywhere, even in places like schools and retirement facilities!
Bed Bug Identification & Spotting An Infestation
Bed bug adults are tiny, flat, oval-shaped bugs that look similar to apple seeds. These pests do have wings, but they do not fly; instead, these pests are avid hitchhikers and will not hesitate to latch on to a shoe or clothing in order to be transported to a new location. Though they are called “bed" bugs, these pests aren’t only found in beds. These pests are also commonly found hiding out inside used furniture, bags, boxes, cupboards, closets, and bureaus. In any case, bed bugs are a huge nuisance when they invade homes as they like to feed on blood at night, especially human blood.
If you have an infestation of bed bugs you may find tiny dots of blood or dark streaks of excrement on your bedding or your night clothes. Another telltale sign of bed bugs is small, flat, red bites arranged in lines or clusters. Though bed bug bites aren’t typically painful initially, they can cause a variety of reactions, some worse than others.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
It can take hours or even days for a person to realize they were been bitten by bed bugs. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to these bites that may result in extreme itchiness and discomfort and may even lead to secondary infection from excessive scratching. It can also be difficult to sleep at night knowing that there are bed bugs in the room or even in the bed with you which, as a result, may cause you to experience many sleepless nights.
If all that isn’t enough to worry about, a recent study has confirmed that bed bugs can also carry and transmit disease just like their cousin the “kissing” or triatomine bug! Both of these bugs are known carriers of Trypanosoma cruzi which is a parasite that transmits Chagas disease. Chagas disease is an infectious disease that can cause heart conditions or gastrointestinal problems. This disease is spread through the feces of biting insects infected with the T. cruzi parasite and can currently be found in Mexico, Central America, South America, and in the southern parts of the United States.
Bed Bug Control & Prevention
If you are seeing signs of a bed bug infestation in your home, it is very important for you to seek professional help right away. In Tyler and East Texas, you can count on the knowledgeable technicians at Innovative Pest Control for all your bed bug control needs.
At Innovative Pest Control, we use a process that allows our professional technicians to identify the problem and eliminate all bed bugs and bed bug activity for good. In addition, our bed bug control services will help you deal with current infestations and prevent problems with bed bugs in the future! You never know where you might pick up a bed bug or two, so be prepared by partnering with Innovative Pest Control!