Bed bugs: just the thought of these tiny blood-feeding creatures is enough to give us the creeps. They hide in our mattress. They wait until we are asleep. Then they come out and drink our blood (causing bites that can itch for days), and go back into hiding. And then they do it all again the next night! If you would like to learn about bed bugs, how they spread, and how to avoid accidentally inviting bed bugs into your home, you have come to the right place.
When Are Bed Bugs Most Active?
Bed bugs survive year-round. They don't die off in winter, the way other bugs do, because they live almost exclusively with humans in man-made dwellings. However, they do reproduce more rapidly in the hotter months. This combined with increased travel means an increase in the spreading of bed bugs in summer. When bed bugs infest a home in summer, it takes two or three months before that infestation is noticeable. This is why pest control companies get more calls for bed bug removal in the fall.
Where Are Bed Bugs Picked Up?
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don't only infest filthy hotels. These pests can be found infesting the cleanest of establishments including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, airports, train or bus stations, museums, libraries, movie theaters, daycare centers, and any other place that sees a lot of human traffic. So if anyone in your household frequents these types of places, then your home is at an increased risk of getting bed bugs.
These Steps Can Help You Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home
Check rooms for bed bug signs. If you are staying overnight somewhere, before bringing your things inside, check mattresses and box spring seams, upholstered furniture, rugs, etc. for brown staining, shed skins of bed bugs, or bed bugs themselves.
Keep belongings up off the floors. If the room checks out, continue to be careful. Keep bags and clothing up off the floor, putting them on hangers or on luggage stands or tables.
Put used clothing in sealed plastic bags. Instead of throwing dirty clothes on the floor, seal them up tight in bags so bed bugs cannot crawl onto them.
Check seats at theaters, airports, bus stations, etc. Look for the signs of bed bugs listed above.
Wash items when you return home: After traveling, wash all items that you brought with you on the hottest temperature and dry on a high-heat setting. Heat kills bed bugs.
How Innovative Pest Control Can Help
If you have discovered signs of bed bugs in your home, or you have seen the bugs themselves, don't hesitate to call for assistance. Bed bugs can spread quickly and DIY methods of bed bug control are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst. Innovative Pest Control offers year-round bed bug prevention for Texas homeowners. Don't take chances with these blood-feeding pests in your home; reach out to Innovative Pest Control and schedule bed bug control today.