No one category of parasitic insects seems to horrify people as much as insects that eat human blood like the Cimex lextularius or common bed bug. People hate these tiny insects for various reasons that go beyond the blood though: bed bugs spread rapidly and pose a hazard to the health of people and pets.
Their bites can cause allergic and skin reactions and infections. Although bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, they can carry dangerous microorganisms like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA and pose a potential blood borne pathogen transfer risk. In general, no one likes the thought of any sort of insect living in their homes and furniture.
Although sometimes hard to detect, bed bugs are often a silent culprit many people don’t realize they have in their homes. If you think or suspect you have bed bugs, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Below we discuss 3 tips to help you rid your home of bed bugs and help you sleep more peacefully at night.
To get rid of these creepy crawlies, follow these three simple steps:
Hire a Professional Exterminator
Bed bugs are resistant to a lot of extermination methods, and home owners and renters often fail to find every nest or feeding area. A professional exterminator, like those at E & R Exterminating Company, Inc. studies the most up-to-date extermination methods and knows where bed bugs like to hang out.
You can gain the peace of mind of knowing that an infestation has been eradicated the first time that the attempt is made by hiring a professional. You can also learn more about do-it-yourself methods for handling an infestation if it happens again.
Clean Your Home Often
Since bed bugs are so tiny, you must make it difficult for them to hide. Remove any type of clutter from surfaces and organize your home so that it will always be easier for you to inspect, clean and destroy these pests.
Wash all of the linens and clothing in your home in incredibly hot water so that you do not accidentally undo the exterminator’s work. Also, clean the upholstery, especially along seams and crevices, on all of the furniture including mattresses, chairs and couches.
Inspect Every Potential Spot
Bed bugs infestations commonly appear in bedrooms anywhere and public structures like government buildings and schools, which means that you must regularly inspect luggage, backpacks, purses and other items carried in and out of the home.
Used furniture, visitors and service technicians can become carriers. When you inspect, keep in mind that bed bugs look like apple seeds and their eggs have a cream-colored appearance. Also look for red-, brown- and dark-colored waste spots on surfaces.
Bed bugs seem frightening at first. As you can see though, this pest is just as controllable as any other one as long as you attack infestations with the help of a professional and then do everything possible to prevent them from ever again taking over.