Bed Bug Identification, Infestation, Inspection & Prevention
Bed bugs, the very thought of them makes you feel itchy and your skin crawl. They hitch rides in luggage, used furniture or on persons and can spread like wild fire. Bed bugs can infest your bed so easily. Bed bug bites are not sporadic on your body, and are usually found in a straight line. The bites swell and are red, itchy and irritating. So, what do you if you suspect the presence of bed bugs?
Dynamic Pest Control would like to share some tips and advice on bed bug prevention and control.
Bed Bug Identification
– Bed bugs are small in size, oval in shape and have brownish coloring. Right after feeding they look more red and their bodies are swollen.
– They prefer to snack on people or animals.
– Adults are flat and about the size of an apple seed.
– Bed bugs do not fly.
– Bed bugs skitter quickly over most surfaces, including walls and ceilings.
– As mentioned before, bed bugs are very transmittal. They can jump in luggage from traveling, hide in backpacks from school children as well as hunker down in couches, beds, clothing, and other such places. If a credit card can fit through a slot or crack, so can a bed bug. Bed bugs don’t have nests or hives, but they do congregate together. Their favorite spot to dwell is near their food source. So your bed is the most likely place where they will be setting up shop. Bed bugs prefer to reside in mattresses, box springs, head boards and bed frames so they have easy access to their feast.
Bed Bug Infestation Signs
As their family grows however, bed bugs might look for expanding real estate, and find other crevices, nooks and crannies to hide in, and could eventually spread out throughout your home and beyond into adjoining apartments or hotel/motel rooms if applicable. Bed bugs don’t need filth to thrive, so even the most pristine living conditions could still have bed bugs, especially since all they feast on is blood.
Signs of bed bug infestions include:
Small blood stains on sheets and pillow cases.
Bed bug waste that is rusty brown in color or carcasses found throughout the room or bed.
Bite marks, mostly found along the arm and shoulder.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs:
1. Wash all bedding, curtains and clothing on the hottest wash cycle and dry them on the hottest setting. Things like stuffed animals, shoes, and other such items, can be thrown in the dryer for 30 minutes on the highest setting to scorch the little blood suckers.
2. Use a stiff brush to agitate the mattress to loosen any hiding bugs or their eggs.
3. Vacuum thoroughly with meticulous detail, in every corner and seam, front and back and all four sides. Follow suit with the box spring, bed frame and headboard.
4. Vacuum the room well, hitting the cracks, holes and crevices. Once cleaned, seal them up.
5. Make sure any normal stacked piles, especially around the bed, are tidied up.
Professional Bed Bug Pest Inspections, Control & Removal In NEW JERSEY
With a bed bug infestation, there is a possibility you can be successful in eradicating them, however, for the amount of work that needs to be invested and the likelihood they will return; it is a safer bet to call in the big guns. Hire Dynamic Pest Control to terminate the annoying pests and keep the infestations at bay with routine visits. Call today to schedule an appointment for a bed bug inspection and elimination!