Bed bugs are tiny and have a tendency to hide in the darkest crevices of your home. This makes it difficult to get rid of them—but not impossible! Here are some tips for eradicating bed bugs from your life and home once and for all.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They’re often found in areas where people sleep, like beds, couches and recliners. The female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs at a time, so it’s important to get rid of them quickly before they multiply. Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures; they hide during the day and come out at night to feed on their host’s skin while they sleep (or when they aren’t paying attention).
How to identify a bed bug infestation.
In order to identify a bed bug infestation, you first need to know what signs of an infestation look like. Here are some common signs:
- Bed bug bites. If you’ve been bitten by a bed bug, you’ll notice small red welts on your skin that itch intensely. If left untreated, these welts can become infected and cause serious health problems such as rashes or hives.
- Shed bed bug skins (exoskeletons). These shells will be found near the location where they molted; if there are several of these shells in one area, then there may be more than one live adult around as well! If you see any shed exoskeletons in the crevices between floorboards or walls where there aren’t any mattresses present yet – watch out! There could be hundreds more hiding somewhere nearby waiting patiently until nightfall comes again so they can crawl up onto your bed sheets once more.
The life cycle of a bed bug.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They can be found in a variety of places, including homes, hotels, shelters and schools. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and have flat bodies. Their color ranges from reddish brown to dark brown or black; they often have a yellowish band across their back (called a “hump”). Bed bugs feed on human hosts at night when people are sleeping; however, they can also be found during the day if there is good access to heat sources such as lamps or light bulbs for warmth.
Bed bug nymphs will molt five times before becoming adults (they reach maturity after about one month). When it comes time for them to mate with each other, female bed bugs lay eggs–which look like tiny white dots–in cracks and crevices around your home (such as behind baseboards) so that they don’t attract attention from predators while they’re waiting until conditions are right before hatching takes place three weeks later!
How to prevent a bed bug infestation.
Here are some tips for preventing a bed bug infestation:
- Keep your home clean and clutter-free. When you’re trying to keep bed bugs away, the last thing you want is for them to have a lot of places to hide.
- Keep your bed away from walls and other furniture items (such as nightstands). Bed bugs prefer to nest in crevices or cracks where they can easily feed on their hosts, so make sure there aren’t any such hiding spots near where you sleep at night–and if there are, try moving them!
- Check when traveling: If you’re staying at a hotel while traveling, ask if they have had any reports of bed bugs before deciding whether or not it’s worth staying there (or even checking into). Remember that these pests may be hiding anywhere from carpets upholstery etc so don’t let yourself get caught off guard! A good quality bug spray can help prevent infestations during travel too.
Get rid of the bugs with heat.
As you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider when dealing with bed bugs. The best way to get rid of them is by getting professional help from a pest control company. However, if you’re looking for an alternative method that doesn’t cost much money and can be done on your own, heat treatment is the most effective way to kill bed bugs in your home and keep them out for good!
Bed bugs can’t survive for more than a few minutes at temperatures over 113 degrees Fahrenheit–so if you want to try this method on your own without hiring someone else (or paying their fees), all you need is an industrial steamer or hot air gun/blower unit.
Bed bugs are a major problem for anyone who suffers from them. They can be difficult to get rid of, but there are some tricks that can help make things easier. If you have any questions about these pests or how to deal with them in your home, feel free to contact us today!