Bed Bug Awareness Week: Bed Bugs 101

Posted by David Outhous on Jun 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Once you find you have bed bugs, they are very hard to get rid of. Signs of bed bugs include bed bug bites – and though you usually find them in the bedroom, they can also be in other places in your home. These pests love to hide in mattress seams, walls, floors, bed frames, and even suitcases. You can unknowingly bring them into your house from an infested hotel or even a friend’s house. All you need to do is walk in your friend’s living room – if she has an infestation, there’s a good chance that you’ll bring these pesky bugs home with you.

How to Identify Bed Bugs

If you notice bed bug bites and other signs of bed bugs, such as reddish stains on your mattress and sheets, dark spots on the bed, the eggs, and of course, the live bed bugs, you need to get rid of the infestation immediately. The longer you allow the bed bugs in your home, the harder it is to find them all and get rid of them.

Most types of bed bugs need to feed on blood at least once before they can go to the next stage of its life. A bed bug has six stages of life. Males and females must feed on blood at least once every two weeks. A female bed bug can lay up to three eggs per day and up to 500 eggs in her lifespan of six to twelve months. A bed bug cycle can be as short as four weeks if the conditions are favorable.

Types of bed bugs include common bed bugs, which are found anywhere you live and can survive in temperatures as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Tropical bed bugs, which are found in subtropical and tropical areas, need a higher average temperature to live.

Bed Bug Prevention

You can take several steps for bed bug prevention if you find yourself saying, “I have bed bugs in my house.” First, know that they are very difficult to get rid of – you may need a professional to eradicate them. Always inspect your hotel or a rental home’s bed before you bring your personal belongings into the room. Pull the sheets back and look for signs of them in the mattress seams and by the headboard.

Use mattress protectors on the beds in your home. They won’t stop bed bugs from getting into your home, but they do make it easier to eradicate these pests. You can also buy bed bug interceptors that you put under each foot of the bed frame. The interceptors keep the bed bugs from climbing up onto your bed.

Avoid buying used furniture or picking it up off the street. Always put your suitcase on a baggage rack – not on an extra bed in the hotel room. If possible, keep it wrapped in a large plastic bag. Vacuum your suitcases before you bring them into your house when you get home. Throw all of the clothes you brought with you into the wash – even if you didn’t wear them. You should also get rid of any clutter around your house, and watch your pet and its bed for signs of bed bugs. The bugs don’t live on your pet in most cases, but they will get into its bedding.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

Contact RichPro Pest Management if you see signs of bed bugs and you can’t seem to get rid of them. If you see signs in more than one room, you will most likely need professional pest management to eradicate them.


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