While termites, fleas, roaches, and rats might be at the top of your personal “pests you do not want in your home” list, bedbugs should probably be on there, too, just because of how common they can be. In homes both pristine and filthy, bedbugs can thrive due to the fact that they don’t need grime or dirt to survive, just an unsuspecting person. The tiny, oval, and brown insects don’t have to eat regularly – one feeding of blood can last them close to a year – so once they are found, it is important to root them out and exterminate them before they hide away again for months, breeding and multiplying all the while.
What Does a Bedbug Bite Look Like?
If you have awoke in the morning and felt random itches and tingles accompanied by red spots, you probably have bedbugs, especially if it happens frequently. Beyond the uncomfortableness of a bedbug bite, there are not any other known complications. Bedbugs do not seem to carry any transmittable diseases to humans or our pets, and no one has reported a serious reaction to a bedbug bite. But do not let the nuisance go uncorrected. The longer you allow bedbugs to live in your home – they hide in mattresses mainly but also can cling to clothing in closets – the more there will be and the worse off you’ll be.
Preventing Bedbug Infestations
As previously mentioned, bedbugs don’t really care if your home is spotless or covered floor-to-ceiling in garbage, but as a general rule for mitigating any infestation is that cleanliness is key. If you keep a clean house, you will be more likely to spot bedbugs hiding in your linens; if you have dust and debris everywhere, they can hide more easily and continue to pester you. To help prevent an infestation, take up clean habits.
Here are some cleaning tips and hints you should put into practice:
- Wash your bedding at least once a month; do not enter your bed if you have dirt or filth on your body or clothing.
- Bedbugs cannot survive in extreme heat, so take hot showers and use a high dryer setting after you suspect you have come into contact with bedbugs.
- After using your vacuum, discard any remnants of dirt inside the vacuum cleaner immediately, preferably in a trash receptacle outside of your home.
- Repair cracked and peeling plaster as soon as you notice it; bedbugs are known to hide within walls during the day.
I’ve Got Bedbugs – What Now?
The best laid plans are not guaranteed to work. If you have bedbugs despite trying to keep a cleanly home, your next move should be to move to fully exterminate them. Since insecticides can be just as toxic to you as they are to bedbugs, it is not recommended that you attempt to exterminate bedbugs on your own, especially due to the fact that chemical components will need to be applied to your bed, clothing, and linens.
Contact Trademark Home Services today and let our Sugar Land pest control specialists know about your bug problem. Our technicians receive extensive training in a wide variety of home services, including pest extermination, and we carefully select which pesticides to use so that no harm comes to you or your family. Be sure to ask us about our money-back satisfaction guarantee and our 24/7 emergency service!