What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are pests that make people cringe and are never a welcome sight in our Texas homes. Small, reddish-brown insects that are the shape of apple seeds with legs, bed bugs are common in homes and businesses in Texas and across the country.
Bed bugs have adapted to living inside with people and infest new structures by hitchhiking with people and on our belongings. Bed bugs like to live where there are humans because our blood is their favorite food source. If necessary, bed bugs will also feed on the blood of some other warm-blooded animals like dogs, cats, rodents, and birds.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Even though bed bugs feed on blood and different hosts throughout their lives, they are not considered dangerous pests. Unlike other blood-feeding pests, bed bugs are currently not responsible for spreading pathogens that make people ill.
These pests are very unwanted in our homes because they are prolific breeders and bite us as we sleep. Those allergic to their saliva will develop red itchy rashes, and excessive scratching at the bite sites can lead to secondary infections. Another big issue with bed bugs is that sharing our home with them often lends itself to sleepless nights, which can be stressful and lead to health issues.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Bed bugs can become a problem in any home or business. They do not discriminate and do not care if your home is clean or dirty; they only care that there are people to feed on and a temperature-controlled shelter to live in.
An important note to remember is that though clutter won't attract bed bugs, it will allow them to hide and enable an infestation to become quite large before you become aware of it.
Where will I find bed bugs?
When spending time in a place with bed bugs, they will crawl onto your clothing or belongings, and you will take them to your next location or back home with you.
Some of the most common public places to come into contact with bed bugs include:
- Hotels, motels, resorts, and other rental spaces
- Hospitals and schools
- Shopping centers
- Airports and train stations
- Libraries and movies theaters
After bed bugs end up in a home, they typically take cover and hide in places that put them near their hosts. The seams of mattresses and box springs, behind the cushions of upholstered furniture, in areas of clutter, and behind wall hangings or wood trim are common hideouts.
Bed bugs are nocturnal pests, so it is rare to see them out and about; they are most active when we are sleeping, which is why identifying an infestation can take some time. We are asleep when they are most active!
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
A professional solution is the most effective way to rid your Texas home of bed bugs. At Men In Black Pest Control, we provide our customers with high-quality bed bug solutions. Our local pest professionals will meet your property's pest control needs through customized services. By partnering with us, you can sleep soundly without worrying about becoming a bed bug's next meal.
We provide Seabrook and the surrounding communities we serve with industry-leading pest control solutions and exceptional customer service. Our qualified and trained professionals are ready to work with you and solve your bed bug problems. Call us today to learn more!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
Let us help you live pest-free with our professional pest control services and the following bed bug prevention tips:
- Regularly inspect the areas of your home where bed bugs are likely to hide to help you to identify an infestation sooner rather than later.
- Take care when purchasing secondhand furniture, rugs, or mattresses for your home. Always inspect and clean them before bringing them inside.
- Make sure to vacuum frequently to pick up stray bed bugs.
- After having family or friends stay the night, thoroughly clean the room they occupied. They could have unknowingly come into contact with bed bugs during the travel process and brought them to your house.
- When traveling or spending time in public places, keep your belongings up off the floor as much as possible.
- Regularly clean things like bags, suitcases, and outerwear that you bring into public spaces.