Bed bugs. Those two words are enough to send chills down your spine at a dinner party. Aren't they? The last thing you want to hear is that someone has found bed bugs in their home. So, it shouldn't surprise you that the last thing anyone wants to do is tell you that they have bed bugs. Unfortunately, when someone has a bed bug infestation and battles the problem quietly on their own, bed bugs often find a way to grow and spread before the infestation is properly addressed. For this reason, effective bed bug control is essential. Join us today as we talk about some of the ways you can deal with bed bugs effectively before having to call a professional for bed bug control services in Anaheim. We'll look at some of the surprising places you can pick up bed bugs, how to detect bed bugs, and the unique ways bed bugs find their way into homes. We'll also tell you how our trained and experienced technicians tackle bed bug problems. If you currently have bed bugs and want to request service, we're here to help. Jump to our contact page for advanced bed bug pest control in Anaheim.
Bed Bug Infestations Are A Common Problem
Why do bed bug infestations keep popping up all over Anaheim? There are many reasons. It is helpful to understand these reasons. It could help you avoid having to call a professional for bed bug removal. Here are five reasons bed bug infestations are a common problem.
Bed bugs are tiny insects. They start life as itty bitty nymphs that look like white specks. A full-grown bed bug is also quite small. An adult bed bug grows to be about ? of an inch in length. It is easy to miss a bed bug. Plus, bed bugs are often mistaken for some other tiny insects when they're seen because tiny bed bug nymphs don't look like the bed bugs you see on television and internet news stories. They aren't rusty brown or shaped like an apple seed. They are red and oval when attached to your skin. If you hope to catch bed bugs, you need to know how to quickly recognize bed bug nymphs.
Bed bugs hide in super tight spaces. You can have several dozen bed bugs in your bed and not realize it. The warning signs they leave, such as shed skins and black and brown stains, can stay hidden in tight spaces.
Bed bugs prefer to hide in the darkness if possible. When you turn the light on, bed bugs will likely go into hiding.
When bed bugs are found, residents use treatments that fall short for lack of knowledge. A common mistake we see is the implementation of natural pest control for bed bugs. These insects are difficult to control and targeted and experienced application of control products is the best solution.
Bed bug bites are easy to miss at first, depending on a few factors. You can have several bites that do not develop a rash or grow into irritating and itchy welts. If the reaction is mild, you won't realize you got bites while you stayed the night somewhere.
All of these reasons make it easy for bed bugs to hide from view and avoid detection while moving from location to location. They also make it easy for bed bugs to hitch a ride home with you or find some other way into your home.
Another important reason bed bug infestations are common is that most people don't realize just how many places bed bugs in Anaheim can hide. Where do bed bugs hide?
You may get bed bugs from the home of a friend or family member.
You may pick up bed bugs while working in an office.
You may bring bed bugs home with a library book.
You might get some bed bugs when you take in a movie at the theater.
You can get bed bugs in a taxi or on a bus.
You can get bed bugs when you visit a family member in assisted living.
Bed bugs are found in couches, chairs, alarm clocks, picture frames, clothing, electrical outlets, stuffed animals, pocketbooks, duffel bags, book bags, the tread of a sneaker, and more.
Bed bugs don't need a bed to hide inside. They also don't need a sleeping victim. They can get a blood meal from you while you're wide awake. It is critical to keep watch for bed bugs while you're away from home. Let's turn our attention to some of the ways you can detect bed bugs and prevent an unwanted bed bug infestation from coming home with you.
The Symptoms Of A Bed Bug Infestation
If you know the early signs of bed bugs, you can watch for them and take steps when you notice anything out of the ordinary. We'll walk through all the signs and tell you some of the ways these signs may elude your detection.
- Bites: Bed bugs can bite you and cause itchy welts surrounded by a prominent rash. While many insects can bite you, bed bug bites are somewhat unique. Each bug can bite three times. The bites appear in a line or slight zig-zag pattern. Bed bugs feed as a group, so numerous bites may look like they follow a path on your skin. Bites are elusive because they are sometimes mild at first.
- Stains: Bed bugs leave black and brown stains. The black stains are caused by fecal matter. The brown stains are dried blood. If you see these stains on a pillowcase, sheet, or bedspread, it is time to take a closer look for bed bugs—if you haven't already.
- Skins: Bed bugs shed their skins five times as they develop. These skins look like tiny pale bed bugs. If you use a debit card to drag along mattress seams, you may bring these skins to the surface. You can also look for them under labels, in pockets, and in other hiding places.
- Eggs: Bed bugs lay tiny white eggs. You'll find these in the same tight and hidden hiding places where skins are found.
- Smells: Bed bugs have an odor. The odor is created by pheromones. You may smell something if there are many bed bugs in the area. Some describe the scent as cilantro or coriander, while others describe it as a sickly sweet and musty odor.
- Bugs: Seeing a bed bug is the best warning sign. Bed bugs are six-legged bugs that range from 1/26 to 1/5 of an inch in length. They are white, tan, or brown. When fed, the blood will appear in the abdomen of the insects. When unfed, you may see their black fecal matter.
These are the common warning signs of bed bugs. If you detect them, what can you do to prevent them from returning home with you? You can put all of your clothing in sealed plastic bags, check your footwear closely, and make sure to put all your laundry through a hot soapy wash and a dryer cycle when you get home. Also, consider putting your footwear in the dryer for 30 minutes if possible.
How Bed Bugs Hitch Rides Into Our Homes
We talked about some of the ways you can pick bed bugs up and bring them back to your home, but there are other ways you can get an infestation. You need to understand the scope of the problem if you hope to have any chance of keeping these sneaky pests out.
- You can buy bed bugs when you purchase a piece of used furniture. They can hide in any item that has a tight space or void.
- You can buy bed bugs when you purchase electronics, a guitar, books, etc.
- Your kids can bring bed bugs home from a friend's house or from school.
- Extended family members or friends can bring bed bugs into your home while staying the night or on vacation.
- Your adult-age kids can bring bed bugs home from college or a university.
- If you live in an apartment, you can get bed bugs from a neighbor. They can eventually pass through walls after an infestation grows.
In light of the many ways bed bugs can find their way into your home, it is important to know who to contact when you find these creepy pests in your home. Are you in Anaheim? We know who you can call to get local pest control for bed bugs.
Eliminating Bed Bugs: The Solution For Anaheim Homeowners
There are two kinds of bed bug infestations: small and large. It is possible to get control of a small infestation through the application of control materials in targeted areas. At A1 Bonded Termite, our technicians are trained to apply a multi-pronged solution that includes, fast-acting products on surfaces you and your family frequently touch, residual treatments in spaces that are sometimes touched, and a dust treatment in wall outlets and voids you never touch. Your technician will also apply other products and methods, such as mattress encasements. If caught early, we can target and treat your infestation. If bed bugs spread and the infestation grows beyond an isolated zone, fumigation is needed. Fumigation is the gold standard for bed bug control. When we're done, you won't have to wonder if you have any bugs left in your home.
For assistance with bed bugs in Anaheim, connect with us by phone, text, or our contact page. A1 Bonded Termite is a trusted and experienced bed bug control service provider.