Many people have heard the horror stories about bed bugs, how they leave nasty bites, cause sleepless nights, and even have you waking up with blood stains on your pillow and sheets. While most of this is somewhat true, there is more to it than meets the eye. Bed bugs are indeed an annoyance to deal with, fortunately, it is believed that they do not transmit diseases.
Dealing with a bed bug infestation is a tough challenge, especially if you are not familiar with the intricacies on how to identify them and how to deal with them.
Bed Bugs – The Basics
Before we dive deeper into the subject, it’s probably a good idea to get familiar with the nature of bed bugs, their behavior, and potential dangers that may emerge if an infestation goes unnoticed.
- How They Get In and Where They Hide
In most cases, bed bugs are extremely hard to spot, especially if you’re not specifically trying to find them. This means they can get in your house undetected through clothes, luggage, bed frames, mattresses, and many other items. Unlike ants, bed bugs don’t have nests, but instead, they live in small groups neatly hidden from eyesight. Some people also wonder whether bed bugs lay eggs in clothes, and the answer is – yes, they do (but it rarely happens.)
- Can Bed Bugs Make You Sick?
While we’ve briefly touched on this subject, it’s a good idea to expand on it a bit. First off, it is believed that bed bugs do not transmit any serious diseases. Some people are also worried about potentially finding bed bug eggs in their hair, which is a highly unlikely scenario. Bed bugs have specifically designed claws that need to be set before feeding, which is already a challenge to do on bare skin, let alone with hair in the way. So, if you were wondering whether bed bugs can get in your hair, the answer is … Yes! In theory, but very rarely is that the case in practice.
- Do Bed Bugs Bite Dogs and Other Pets?
While bed bugs usually prefer to feed on human blood, it’s not unusual to find bed bug bites on pets. Fortunately, even if you find bites on your pet’s skin, your pet is most likely not in immediate danger of catching an infection or a disease. Give your pet a nice bath with a liberal amount of shampoo, and that should suffice.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics related to bed bugs, it’s time to figure out how to get rid of them safely and effectively.
- DIY Solutions
While the vast majority of pests can be treated with a can or two of bug spray, bed bugs are much more resistant to chemicals that are commonly used in commercially available bug sprays. On top of that, they have the tendency to hide beyond the reach of any spray or bug bomb.
Furthermore, even if you manage to somehow find an effective chemical solution to this predicament, it’s highly recommended that you hire someone to conduct an inspection of your home because if you’ve found bed bugs in your mattress, chances are they have settled in other places too. In conclusion, DIY solutions are often not worth the hassle, and on top of that – they are rarely effective.
- Hiring a Team of Professionals
In order to get rid of bed bugs effectively and with little to no effort invested, the best thing you can do is hire a team of trained professionals. For instance, members of our team will conduct a close and thorough inspection of your property and will make sure to cover every possible potential hiding place to ensure that your home is adequately cleaned. Rather than wasting hundreds of dollars on dubious DIY solutions, you should let the professionals handle the situation.
How Do You Know if Bed Bugs are Gone?
Unfortunately, there is no single solution or answer to this question. While there are no commercially available tests or alarms that could help you determine whether the bugs are gone, there are a couple of things that can help you figure out if the pest problem has been resolved.
If you don’t notice any bites in the next 50-60 days after getting rid of bed bugs, it’s safe to say that they have been eradicated, for the time being at least. It’s also important to stay as vigilant as possible and thoroughly inspect your furniture for bed bugs from time to time, preferably with a magnifying glass.
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