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Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite: The Effective Control Solution For Your Lake Worth Home

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Bed bugs are curiously creepy. They live in the dark, they hide in the cracks, and they bite you while you sleep. If you're concerned about bed bug bites, you've found the right article. We're going to look at how to know for sure that you have bed bugs in your home, what health risks to consider, and how you may have gotten those bugs. We'll also share with you some tips to help you get rid of them and tell you what time is the right time to seek out Lake Worth Pest Control. If you'd like fast answers to your bed bug questions and you live in Lake Worth or the surrounding area, Above and Beyond Pest Control knows all about the bugs you're dealing with in your home. Connect with us through our contact page for guidance on how to deal with those pests.

Bed Bug Detection: How To Spot And Confirm An Infestation

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Often, we get the question: "How do I know if I have bed bugs?" The reason for the question is that bed bugs are elusive. They are tiny pests that move quickly and hide in tight spaces when you turn the light on. If you hope to catch early signs of bed bugs, you need to know where to look.

  • Check your sheets and pillowcases for black spots that have some rust coloration as well. Bed bugs often leave excrement and blood excretions when feeding.

  • Check mattress seams by dragging a butter knife in the tight space. Doing this can bring bed bugs, eggs, fecal material, or shed skins to the surface. 

  • Check under mattress labels, around vent grommets, between the mattress and box spring, inside the recesses of your bed frame, and within the box spring cavity. Use a flashlight to see insect movement.

  • Check under the feet of your bed frame and other furniture.

  • Check along baseboards and crown molding.

  • Inspect luggage, duffel bags, book bags, pocketbooks, and other containers you carry. 

  • Check your skin for bites. Why is this step last? Typically, bed bug bites are minor at first. You may not have a rash or tiny bumps caused by the wounds. Therefore, bites are sometimes not an early warning sign. If you see bites on your skin, look for a pattern. A bed bug is likely to bite three times in one small area. It will bite, crawl about an inch, bite again, crawl another inch, and bite one last time. When half a dozen bugs do this on your skin, you'll see a trail of little bumps where those critters crawled on you and fed.

When you discover bed bugs in Lake Worth or warning signs of an infestation, the next step is to evaluate the nature of your infestation. You need to consider where the insects are hiding, how many zones you're finding them in, how long you've noticed symptoms, and the health risks they present.

Health Risks: The Dangers Of Bed Bug Bites

There are many pests that can infest your home. While bed bugs are certainly disturbing and frustrating to deal with, they aren't nearly as harmful as many other pests. There are currently no reported cases of people getting sick from bed bugs and no data that suggests disease transmission outside of laboratory studies. When compared to ticks or fleas, bed bugs are far less of a concern. But they do present problems.

  • Bed bugs bite frequently and cause numerous bites, which can lead to anemia.
  • Bite wounds are often itchy, and itchy bug bites can lead to open wounds and an infection.
  • Sleepless nights can lead to sleep deprivation. Some symptoms of sleep deprivation are concerning. 
  • A bed bug infestation can lead to trouble for your children at school, even though it shouldn't. Many people have an unnatural fear of these insects and it can lead to social issues or bullying. 
  • A bed bug infestation can impact your social life as well. It is hard to have a party with your friends if they know you have bed bugs.

When you find evidence of bed bugs, take immediate steps to address your problem. One critical step is to make sure you're not continuing to get bed bugs and adding to your problem. Let's look at how infestations begin and discuss how to stop bed bugs in their tracks.

Little Hitchhikers: How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Inside

Whether you have bed bugs in your home and are looking to stop more from getting in or you don't want to have a bed bug infestation in the first place, you need to know how these pests spread. How do you get bed bugs? The answer may startle you.

  • Bed bugs move from location to location by climbing into items that are carried. They can get into a kid's book bag at school. They can climb into a briefcase at work. They can ride home inside your luggage when you're on vacation.
  • Bed bugs can climb on you while you're watching a movie, getting a book from the library, or getting clothes at the thrift store. Bed bugs have been found in many public venues. They can climb into the pocket of your clothing, a pocketbook, or some other item with a dark hiding place.
  • Bed bugs can climb on you while you're in a taxi, bus, train, plane, or a friend's car.
  • Bed bugs can find their way into wall voids and move between apartments. If you are in a rental situation, keep this in mind.
  • You can get a bed bug infestation when you buy used furniture or electronics. A bed bug infestation can go undetected for weeks. The person selling you the item may not even realize they have an infestation.
  • You can get bed bugs while visiting a loved one in assisted living. There is a lower chance that seniors will demonstrate symptoms of bed bug bites, and they are much less likely to report problems with these pests, for a variety of reasons.
  • You can get bed bugs when you pick your child up at daycare. Bed bugs are spread through close contact between individuals, and kids come in contact with each other when they play.

The number of ways you or your kids can accidentally pick up bed bugs is much longer than we can go into, but these examples should provide the insight you need to help you determine where you may have gotten bed bugs. As for how to stop them, there are a few simple steps.

  • Always check for bed bugs when you are away from home. Perform a cursory inspection when out in public, and a more in-depth inspection when spending the night away from home.
  • Teach your kids how to find bed bugs and warning signs.
  • When returning home, launder all clothing and inspect luggage closely.
  • Always check used items for black and brown spots, white eggs, shed skins, or the insects themselves.

What do you do when you find bed bugs? There are a few steps you can take to eliminate bed bugs in your home. Let's look at some practical, all-natural methods you can use that don't require education in pest control. Persistent application of natural methods can achieve results without the consequences of misapplied control products.

Eliminating Bed Bugs: The Smart Solution For Your Home

After reading this article, you know some of the places bed bugs hide. You're looking for tight spaces and dark voids that are around beds, couches, chairs, and other furniture on which you sleep, lounge, or sit. Use a flashlight and a butter knife to find evidence of bed bugs. When you find it, use a vacuum with a crack and crevice attachment to suck the bugs, eggs, and skins up. Dispose of the vacuum bag outside of your home when you're done. Wash all of the bedding, sheets, pillowcases, and clothing in the infested room. Vacuum the rugs in the room until you're sure there are no more bed bugs.

If you catch bed bugs early, these steps can stop an infestation quickly. Once bed bugs start to spread, however, they become harder to control. A service technician is trained to evaluate your bed bug problem, apply appropriate liquid products where needed, treat your wall voids if needed, and apply other monitoring and control products. When bed bug control is performed by a trained and experienced service technician, you'll get the results you want.      

Here's how to get professional bed bug control in Lake Worth. Contact Above and Beyond Pest Control. We use field-tested methods and products selected by industry experts. Our service technicians know how to diagnose your infestation and will offer service options to effectively address your infestation, no matter how big. Navigate to our contact page and tell us about your pest control issue. We'll get back to you quickly and guide you step-by-step until you no longer have bed bugs in your home! Don't let the bed bugs bite any longer than they have to Contact us today for immediate assistance.

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