Bed bugs continue to be a problem that affects not only public places but also residential homes in great numbers. Our Trius Pest Management pest specialists are often asked by homeowners about bed bugs:
- Can bed bugs really affect me?
- Don’t bed bug problems only exist in cheap motels and low-income housing?
- How can I protect myself from bed bugs?
The National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky recently surveyed pest professionals from across the country in a survey called the 2015 Bugs Without Borders Survey and found some interesting results. According to the survey, over 90% of professionals battled bed bugs in apartments, condominiums and single-family homes. You can read the complete study findings by clicking here.
In an effort to increase awareness about bed bugs with our customer base and educate them about bed bugs we compiled the following list of What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs:
- Bed bugs do not discriminate! Infestations of bed bugs are found and treated by pest professionals in both low-income housing and homes of the rich and even famous. If you are a warm-blooded human or mammal you will make a perfectly acceptable meal for bed bugs and you are at risk of an infestation.
- Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers as they can attach themselves to your person or hop a ride home with you in your luggage, purse, briefcase or other personal belonging. You can easily pick up bed bugs in a cab, movie theatre or virtually any public place if they are present. Increased travel certainly puts you at higher risk of getting bed bugs since they commonly infest hotel and motel rooms feeding on their hosts while they sleep.
- Clutter may contribute to the problem. When clutter is present an infestation can go unnoticed and become more difficult to treat. Bed bugs like to hide during the day and feed on their hosts at night. Areas of clutter offer more hiding places for bed bugs and makes it more difficult to discover and control this problem pest.
- To lower your risk of infestations do not bring home used furniture or bedding. If you must bring home a second hand piece be sure to do a very thorough inspection with a flashlight and, if possible, ask the previous owner if they ever had bed bugs.
- A homeowner should be aware of what a bed bug infestation looks like. If you or someone in your household has unexplained, itchy welts on their body consider a bed bug inspection. Be on the lookout for bug casings in the folds of your mattress or small blood stains on your bedding often described as looking like pepper. Keep in mind that bed bugs are quite difficult to find and detect so the signs of an early infestation can be discreet.
- Don’t attempt do-it-yourself methods to control bed bugs. Catching an infestation early is key to control. Call a professional at the first sign that you may have bed bugs. Infestations can grow quickly and will be much more costly to control once they have spread.
- Do not feel ashamed if you discover you have bed bugs. Once again, bed bugs do not discriminate and having an infestation is not a sign that your house is unclean.
For a free bed bug estimate or to learn more visit the Trius Pest Management website www.triuspest.com.