How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Tucson Home Fast
December 15, 2021 - Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are one of those pests no one ever wants to have. These tiny bloodsuckers can be a real pain, both because they bite and because they are very hard to get rid of. Bed bugs are a public health pest and can cause negative mental and physical health effects on humans. They are common pests in Tucson, and anywhere else humans gather. Preventative Pest Control wants all Tucson residents to know how to deal with bed bugs safely.
What To Know About Bed Bugs
While bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, they do pose some very negative health risks to humans. Bed bugs bite people and feed on their blood, and many people will have an allergic reaction to these bites. Some symptoms can be quite severe, including anaphylaxis. In some cases, secondary skin infections such as ecthyma, lymphangitis, and impetigo can be caused. There have been impacts on mental health reported by people who have lived in bed bug-infested homes, including insomnia and anxiety.
Bed bugs often enter homes, hotels, locker rooms, and other spaces humans reside in through luggage, clothes, furniture, and other items regularly moved about from place to place by humans. Bed bugs do not nest, rather they live in groups hiding in different areas. They tend to like to settle inside of furniture, especially mattresses, box springs, and headboards. Easy access to humans is a big factor, as bed bugs are always searching for their next blood meal. A common misconception is that bed bugs are attracted to unclean homes. They feed only on blood and can be found in the most sanitary of environments.
Signs Of Bed Bugs
It is quite easy to assume that any bug one sees near or on their bed or furniture is a bed bug. This is not the case; there are many bugs that can look like bed bugs.
- True bed bugs will range from about 3/16 to 1/4 of an inch long.
- Bed bugs are a dark brown in color, and younger bed bugs, called nymphs, will be clear to yellow in color.
- Bed bugs are flat and long, with an oval-shaped body, if they have not eaten recently.
- Recently fed bed bugs will have a more roundish, elongated shape.
- Bed bugs produce a musty odor from glands on the lower side of their bodies.
- Bed bugs do not fly.
- Bed bugs are usually more active at night.
Often the only clue to a bed bug infestation will be the bites they leave behind on humans. Bed bugs may also leave bloodstains on bedding or furniture, and dark spots of excrement as well. Bed bugs do tend to emit a sweet almost musty odor, so keep an eye out for these pests if you notice any of these signs.
Prevent Bed Bug Infestations
Bed bug infestations can be incredibly hard to prevent, mainly because they can come from anywhere. There are a few things people can do to prevent bed bugs from hitching a ride, especially when they travel:
- Always check any kind of secondhand furniture, bedding, or clothing before bringing them into your home. These are common places bed bugs hide and move from place to place.
- Using protective covers on mattresses can prevent bed bugs and make them easier to spot should they find their way into your mattress.
- Be careful if using a public or shared laundry facility. Use plastic bags to transport items and remove clothing directly from the dryer into bags. It is better to fold at home than to fold in a public place.
- Reducing clutter and hiding places for bed bugs in homes can be helpful.
- Inspect luggage racks and bedding in hotel rooms for bed bugs.
- Inspect luggage before bringing it into your home.
- Regularly inspect and seal up holes, cracks, and crevices around light switches, baseboards, etc. to discourage bed bugs and other insects from moving through the walls.
Leave Bed Bug Treatment Up To The Professionals – Call Preventative Pest Control Today!
Removing a bed bug infestation and preventing its return can be a very difficult task, as bed bugs are very hard to identify and locate. Once found, there are a variety of methods that can be used to treat them. Rather than risk playing around with chemicals, destroying your property, or putting your family at risk, it is always best to contact pest control professionals to help with bed bug concerns. Preventative Pest Control is here to help. Bed bugs can be a problem for both residential and commercial properties in Tucson, and we are ready to treat any concerns you may have. We serve Tucson and the surrounding areas and are available for regular pest control as well as emergencies.
Remember, never ignore a possible bed bug infestation. Left untreated, this can become a huge problem in your home and a risk to your family's health. The experienced and caring team at Preventative Pest Control is here for you. Call us today to get bed bugs out of your Tucson home.