Few people really want to be aware of bed bugs. (In fact, the very thought could instantly cause our skin to crawl.) But that kind of squeamishness can ultimately lead to misconceptions about bed bugs, which can lead to an infestation if you're not careful. As tough as it might be to observe awareness week, there are a lot of benefits when you know how to identify a bed bug, what bed bug bites look like, and which bed bug prevention products actually work. Unfortunately, bed bugs can be one of the most relentless types of bugs to have in your home. They're extremely versatile when it comes to hiding and they don't necessarily need to feed that often to survive. As with so many things, awareness starts with vigilance.
How To Avoid Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are shaped like an oval and have a brown coloring to them. Because they feed on blood, bed bugs will look red right after they've eaten. The adults are flat and about the size of an apple seed, but will swell up after ingesting blood. Bedbugs are fast and can skitter along walls, across ceilings, and under bedding. The females will lay hundreds of eggs throughout their lifetime. These eggs are so small that you might not even see them with the naked eye. Before you accept or buy a second-hand piece of furniture, make sure you check around the cushions for signs of infestation. Try using a protective cover for the mattress so they have fewer places to hide. Vacuum frequently, clean up clutter, and seal crevices in the home to keep pests away.
Bed Bug Prevention Products
In addition to mattress covers, you can also buy insecticides that can help control the population of pests in your home. There are bug sprays especially developed for bed bugs and insect dusts that you can spread around your home and help kill any stragglers. These dusts are generally safe for you, your family, and your pest, and can be sprinkled anywhere you believe there to be an infestation. Dusts last for longer than sprays do, although dusts might not help if the critters have managed to work their way into the tiniest of cracks. In the cases of a well-burrowed family, an aerosol will work better than dust will. Experts recommend using a combination to best address the problem.
Contact RichPro Pest Management
Exterminators know just how frustrating bed bugs can be for anyone who's had the misfortune of encountering them. And while there are plenty of things that you can do on your end to control bed bugs, the truth is that most people will need a professional if they don't want to keep having the same problem rear its ugly head. Because even if you're able to exterminate every bed bug but one, a single pregnant female will quickly start the whole cycle all over again. If you have questions about bed bugs or believe you might have an infestation, contact RichPro Pest Management today so we can manage the problem.