Read and Learn More About PestsBed Bug Bites Are the Sign of a Growing Infestation
You’ve surely heard about the growing presence of bed bugs in the United States. In recent years, these pests have become a major problem, and in apartment complexes and town homes they can be almost impossible to eliminate. Bed bugs usually find their way into your home following travel, and once they’re in removal requires an advanced treatment by a bed bug professional: Even for the smallest infestation.
Many times, bed bugs remain fairly quiet until their population has grown. By the time you start to notice bed bug bites, it probably means that the population in your home has reached an advanced level. As soon as you suspect that bed bugs are present in your home you should get in touch with a professional bed bug exterminator. Neglecting to do so will only give this infestation more time to grow, and will subject you and your family members to more of these irritating and unsightly bites.
Bed Bug Bites Are A Huge Red Flag
Bed bugs bite in you in your sleep, but this action isn’t going to wake you up. As they bite you, these pests inject numbing agents into your skin, preventing you from being aware of what is happening. Bed bugs bite any part of the skin that they can access, so these bites could pop up anywhere on your body. Most commonly they are found on the arms, legs, and neck. When a bed bug bites you, it sucks out small amounts of your blood to feed on.
Bed bug bites are oftentimes mistaken for flea or mosquito bites, a mistake that only gives the infestation more time to grow. One tell-tell sign that sets bed bug bites apart from others is that oftentimes several will appear in a row, closely spaced in a either straight or diagonal pattern. As far as we can tell, there are no risks associated with bed bug bites other than the chance of allergic reaction. These reactions are rare, but can be very serious when they occur.
There is no solid proof, but some researchers believe that bed bugs bites could carry certain transmissible diseases in areas where they are an epidemic. Because of how easily and quickly these diseases are spread, it’s hard to say whether or not bed bugs are actually responsible for this spread. To be on the safe side, get in touch with an expert as soon as you believe bed bugs could be a problem in your home.
DIY Approaches Are No Match For Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are one of the most resilient household pests there is. They were once controlled using an extremely toxic chemical agent known as DDT, but this product has long been banned due to the serious danger it presents to homeowners. When this product was banned, even professional exterminators were unsure of how to fight this pest. For many years bed bugs spread rampantly while experts scrambled for a solution.
Today thermal treatments are used to control this pest. These companies will bring commercial heaters into your home and raise the internal temperature to more than 100 degrees. This high heat is fatal to the pests, and they will usually die out after just one treatment.
Sprays and other DIY methods are available, but none of these are effective. If you believe that bed bugs may have found their way into your home following travel, reach out to a professional exterminator right away. The longer you wait, the more of a risk you and your loved ones are at.