Everyone is pretty grossed out by bedbugs and yet we don’t talk enough about them. What exactly are they? How do you get them? How do you get rid of them? Whether you have an issue now or you want to prevent an issue later, keep reading to understand one of our greatest foes.
What are Bedbugs?
Bedbugs are a type of pest that loves to feed on blood and seem to prefer the blood of humans. They tend to be brown or reddish-brown in colour, an oval flat shape, and get as long as 1/5th of an inch. We call them bedbugs because they tend to nest in our beds and take advantage of our most vulnerable state, when a sleep.
How Do You Get Bedbugs?
Usually, we pick up bedbugs when we stay in other places that are infected. A hotel is the most likely place. While you have little to fear when staying in hotels with proactive visits from pest control experts, not every hotel is this diligent. Before you travel, always check the reviews on your hotel. If someone has experienced bedbugs in their room, they usually post about it. Check the frequency of complaints and how long ago it has been since the last complaint.
It is important to understand that bedbugs may be nesting in beds but they will travel in purses, backpacks, and luggage. It is also important to know that any building that has multi-units is a candidate for bedbugs and they will travel between units. This includes office buildings and apartment complexes.
The Signs of Bedbug Bites
Bedbug bites are typically the same size as flea bites, the only difference is that there is no red centre like a flea bite. Many people assume these tiny, itchy welts are mosquito bites. If you are waking up to new tiny itchy spots, it’s time to look for signs of an infestation. Those signs include:
- Small blood stains on the bedsheets and your pillowcases
- A musty odor from the bedding
- Shed shells from the bedbugs themselves
Get Rid of the Bedbugs
Getting rid of bedbugs is not an easy task and will require patience. You can use foggers and sprays on the market, just be sure to read the directions carefully to protect your pets and family members. Everything will need to be cleaned, even the rooms that are not experiencing an infestation because there can be some spreading out as you clean your home. You should only dispose of beds and bedding that is beyond any help. If you live in an apartment complex or townhouse, it is best to notify management or your neighbours so they can take quick action to protect themselves.
Can I Prevent Them?
Yes, you can! Preventing bedbugs is relatively easy when compared to how much is involved when trying to rid yourself of them. A few tips to keep you on your game:
- Hire a professional pest control specialist to treat your home regularly
- Cover your electric outlets (they love to hide in the outlets)
- Vacuum regularly (they like to hide in carpeting)
- Check your pets frequently for fleas and bed bugs
- Keep clutter to a minimum (another great hiding spot)
- Before you buy used furniture, inspect it carefully
Now that you know a little more about these pests, what are you going to do today to keep your home and family protected?