What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that have the same shape as an apple seed. Blood is their sole source of nutrition, with people being their preferred hosts. They also regularly feed on the blood of cats, dogs, and birds. Bed bugs have become common household pests hitchhiking their way into any Texas home or business on people or our belongings.
Bed bugs are indoor pests meaning the weather doesn't affect when they are more or less active. However, increases in bed bug infestations typically occur in the summer and fall when people tend to travel the most. The more people move around, the easier it is for bed bugs to move from place to place.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Though bed bugs feed on our blood, they do not transmit diseases like mosquitoes and other blood-feeding pests. The biggest cause for concern is their bites and the allergic reactions some people have to their saliva.
When bed bugs bite us, they create an opening in the skin, leading to a possible secondary infection developing. Those people allergic to their saliva may develop a red itchy rash that is uncomfortable.
Bed bugs are also problematic because it is hard for people to sleep soundly, knowing that they are being bitten and used as a food source.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Bed bugs are pests that can get into our homes in various ways, making them tricky to avoid. Bed bugs move most efficiently by hitchhiking. They crawl onto people’s clothing or inside things like pieces of luggage, furniture, mattresses, and rugs. Wherever we go, or our belongings are taken, bed bugs will go as well. In multi-unit buildings, bed bugs move from unit to unit by traveling along wires and pipes and through vents. They also move through walls and floors through cracks and other openings they discover.
Bed bugs can enter into any of our homes by hitchhiking. Bed bugs aren’t attracted by your family’s food, moisture, or clutter. They simply move wherever we take them. However, it is important to note that once inside our homes, a lot of clutter can allow these pests to remain unnoticed. The longer bed bugs remain hidden, the larger the infestation will become.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs are usually most active at night. They prefer to feed when you are asleep and hide in dark, secluded spaces during the day. Unlike spiders, ants, and other household pests, you won’t see bed bugs crawling around your home.
Some of their most popular daytime hideouts include:
- The seams of mattresses and box springs
- Cracks in nightstands, headboards, and footboards
- Within upholstered furniture
- Inside electrical outlets
- Behind walls hangings like picture frames, mirrors, and clocks
- Spaces behind wooden trim and baseboards
- Behind wallpaper
Regularly inspect your home for bed bugs or signs of their presence to discover an infestation before it has the chance to take over your Texas home. Signs of a bed bug infestation: dark streaks or blood spots on bedding, walls, and linens, discovering piles of their shed skins, or noticing a sweet musty odor in your home.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
If you have seen bed bugs or signs of their presence in your Austin or San Antonia area home, the most effective way to accurately identify an infestation and remove the bed bugs is through professional bed bug control services. At EnviroGuard Pest Control, our professionals know how to find, identify, treat, and provide the follow-up services necessary to prevent a re-infestation.
We pay attention to detail and offer affordable services to ensure your Texas home becomes free of biting bed bugs, and you and your family are sleeping soundly once again! Give us a call today to learn more about ridding your property of bed bugs with the help of our effective bed bug control services in San Antonio and dedicated professionals!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
Prevent issues with bed bugs using our most helpful bed bug prevention tips.
- Encase all mattresses in your home with a bed bug-proof cover.
- Regularly wash your family's bedding, inspecting the linens and the mattresses for bed bugs.
- To pick up stray bed bugs that have been introduced into your home, regularly vacuum floors and upholstered furniture.
- If possible, don't purchase secondhand mattresses and furniture for your home; the risk of bed bugs isn't worth the discounted price.
- When traveling, always inspect your hotel room for bed bugs before bringing personal belongings inside.
- Upon returning home from traveling, wash and dry all clothing on high heat.
- Contact a professional bed bug control expert to eliminate any problem infestations from your property.