The sheer mention of bed bugs gives many people the creeps. The very thought of them crawling on our skin and feeding on our blood while we’re asleep sends shivers down our spines!
If you spot signs that bed bugs could be present, get in touch with a professional from a trustworthy pest control company who can verify whether the pests are bed bugs and provide appropriate treatment.
Ehrlich specialists are experts in bed bug control and can offer the solution necessary to eradicate these blood-feeding organisms. Call us at 888-984-0186 to arrange a bed bug inspection or contact us online for help.
Unfortunately, in recent years, the number of bed bug incidents has risen. But where do bed bugs come from and how do you get a bed bug infestation?
Let us explain…
What causes bed bugs?
It is believed that the two main culprits behind the spread of bed bugs are:
- Global travel
- Secondhand furniture sales
Like bed bugs, both these instances have seen a rise in recent years and provide these biting insects with amazing opportunities to claim a free holiday, traveling to new locations by latching on to passenger luggage, often unbeknownst to them! You could be transporting bed bugs from place to place while on vacation or bringing them into your home when you tote in used furniture.
Bed bugs love to travel – it’s one of their favorite things and not to mention that they are amazing hitchhikers!
Places such as hotels and other overnight facilities are like giant magnets for bed bugs due to the high amount of human traffic. This provides bed bugs with countless opportunities to hitch a ride to an array of locations by easily hitching a ride in your suitcase.
Hotels are at just as much risk of obtaining a bed bug problem as they are of spreading one. Also, bed bugs in one room can move to other rooms, which could create a real problem at your property. If you work in hospitality, be proactive and stay alert for bed bugs – this could help you avoid a public relations issue.
Just like luggage, furniture also provides bed bugs with cheap flights to your home.
If a piece of furniture is infested with bed bugs, especially pregnant female ones or their eggs, then there is a high possibility that the new owner will have a bed bug problem on their hands.
One thing to keep in mind: Although their name might suggest it, bed bugs do not just live in beds, they can also be found on other furniture such as cabinets, wardrobes and even chairs and sofas, providing multiple ways for bed bugs to invade your home.
Try not to buy used furniture – but if you do, check any furniture for evidence of bed bugs before you take the items inside. Do not use furniture that appears to be infested. It could save you a big headache in the future!
How to tell if you have bed bugs
Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy to spot bed bugs in your home, as they often dwell in areas out of plain sight, only vacating their homes, which they have made in your furniture, to grab a bite to eat from human hosts. They also tend to feed on you when you’re sleeping, which is not very conducive to catching their activity.
The first sign you might have a bed bug problem can be waking up to find bites on your body. However, it is important to understand that identifying bed bug bites can be a bit difficult as everyone reacts differently to them. Additionally, not everyone reacts to the bites.
Bed bug symptoms
Aside from discovering suspicious bites, there are also some signs that you might have a bed bug problem. They are:
- Dark/black stains around your mattress and bed frame, particularly around the joints and slats
- An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent
- Small dark blood spots on your bedding
- Live bed bugs on furniture joints and skirting boards
Have you seen signs indicating that bed bugs could be at your premises? Reach out to a pest professional as soon as possible. If an infestation is not found until later, it will probably be harder to eradicate. Bed bugs can be tough to eliminate, so consult with someone who knows how to get rid of them properly.
If you are looking for assistance to control bed bugs in your home or businesses, contact the experts at Ehrlich today.