Bed bugs are small, inconspicuous insects that often enter your home without you even realizing it. They may be living in used furniture or mattresses, or find a way into your luggage when traveling. Unlike bees and ants, bed bugs do not have nests. Instead, they live in discreet hiding places in large groups. They prefer mattresses and box springs because then they have easy access to a human to bite in the evening.
You may never notice bed bugs in your home until you wake up with itchy bites on your body. Some other common signs include dark red stains on your sheets or mattresses, bed bug egg shells or fecal matter, or a strange odor. If you notice any of these, thoroughly inspect all around your bed and mattresses for bed bugs, even inside the box spring frame. It is only when you visually see the bed bugs that you will know for sure you have an infestation.
When you realize you have bed bugs, the first step is to contact an exterminator. Then, you will want to wash all bedding, stuffed animals, and curtains in hot water, then dry them in the highest dryer setting.
Next, you will want to cover the mattress and box spring with a zippered cover that will not allow bed bugs to enter or escape. However, since bed bugs can live for a full year without feeding, you will need to keep the mattress covered for a year. Most people decide to just get rid of the mattress and purchase a new one.
Do not try to eliminate the bed bugs yourself, because bed bugs typically require chemical treatments to be fully extinct. But since you are usually working with bedding, not just any insecticide will do. At Richland Pest & Bee Control, we offer highly effective bed bug treatments in CT that are also safe for you and your loved ones. If you are unsure if bed bugs are your issue, we can also come out to inspect your home to see if we recognize the signs of a bed bug infestation. To learn more about our emergency bed bug treatments and inspections, contact us now. Bed bugs are unwanted guests that you want out of your home as soon as possible.