Bed bugs are a major pest, and almost all pest management professionals have treated bed bugs in the past year. These common pests are not seasonal, so you’re at risk of having bed bugs enter your home at any time of the year. Bed bugs can enter your home through luggage, clothing, or used beds and furniture, among other items. The most common place for bed bugs to live are in mattresses and box springs. Because of this, these pests are most active at night and usually bite while people are sleeping. If you are bitten by a bed bug, you will usually not feel any pain at first, but will notice a reddish welt that will turn itchy. If you notice a bite that looks like a bed bug bite, here are some things you can do:
- Look for other signs that your bite may have come from a bed bug. Some of these signs could include, blood stains on your sheets, rusty spots of bed bug excrement, or bed bug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins.
- Once you recognize an infestation, remove all bedding and clean thoroughly in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Other items to clean include: curtains, clothing, stuffed animals, and shoes.
- Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs.
- Vacuum your bed and the surrounding area, and immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and throw it away. Repeat this vacuuming process frequently after discovering the infestation.
- Around your bedroom, look for cracks in plaster or peeling wallpaper and repair them. This will eliminate common places for bed bugs to hide.
- Eliminate clutter from around your bed.
While these home remedies are helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them completely usually requires a professional to carry out chemical treatments. If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, or have questions about how to treat them, give us a call at (502)456-4416.