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Everything You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs on a bed sheet.

It can be easy to overlook the fact that bed bugs are a common pest problem, but they’re surprisingly resilient and difficult to eradicate when they do make their way into your home. It’s important to know what to look for and how to get rid of these pests if they become a problem. Here’s everything you need to know about bed bugs.

 

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on human blood. While they don’t usually carry diseases, their bites can cause red bumps or welts and severe itching. The adult bed bug is about one-fourth of an inch long and can live up to a year without feeding. These pests spread quickly in dark, warm spaces like beds, sofas, mattresses, and furniture crevices.

 

Signs of a bed bug infestation

The first step in preventing an infestation is recognizing the signs of bed bug activity. Common symptoms include rust-colored stains from excrement on mattresses, sheets, or box springs; tiny eggs in cracks and crevices; skins shed by molting nymphs; and a sweet musty odor in affected areas. If you notice any of these signs, contact Bricker Pest Control right away for inspection and treatment options.

 

If you already have an infestation there are some steps you should take right away: vacuum all carpets thoroughly; wash all clothes and linens in hot water; use mattress covers designed specifically to prevent bed bug infestations; seal any cracks or crevices where they could be hiding; monitor exposed furniture with sticky traps designed specifically for bed bugs; keep clutter around your home to a minimum so it’s easier for the exterminator to inspect and treat the area.

 

Bed bugs can be stubborn pests because they reproduce quickly, so treatment often needs several rounds of professional extermination services before an infestation is completely eliminated. The top rated experts at Bricker Pest Control will be able determine the best control method for your unique situation – whether it’s chemical treatments or heat treatments – which will provide the most effective results against this pesky pest.

 

Bed bug prevention is key when it comes to keeping your home safe from these unwelcome guests! Knowing what signs to look for and the proper steps for elimination will help protect your family from becoming victims of these hardy vampires!

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