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How To Tell If Your Seabrook Home Has Bed Bugs

June 15, 2021

When you go to bed at night, what would you say is the likelihood you'll be bitten by pests while you sleep? Assuming you keep your home in decent shape, you probably don't worry about pests biting you at night. Unfortunately, having a clean home is not a guaranteed solution to all pest problems.

One invasive bug in our area doesn't care how clean your living areas are. The only thing they are worried about is feeding on your blood. We are, of course, talking about bed bugs. Here are some things you should know to help you identify and combat these pests inside your Seabrook home.

How Bed Bugs Get Into Seabrook Homes

Bed bugs are not like other are pests. You will not find these invasive insects crawling under a door or flying in through an open window. In fact, you will not find bed bugs out in nature at all. These pests can't survive away from humans for long periods, so they invade homes by hitchhiking rides on items people carry.

Bed bugs are most fond of dirty clothing, furniture, and bags. People who travel often have an increased likelihood of picking up bed bugs. The same is true for individuals who regularly host gatherings at their homes. In short, the more we travel, the more of a chance there is bed bugs will spread.

Are Bed Bugs Life-Threatening?

One question people commonly ask us is, "are bed bugs life-threatening?" Fortunately, as of right now, the answer to this is still no. Although these pests can carry and transmit Chagas disease, a sickness mainly found south of our border; they pose no serious threat to homeowners here in the states; this doesn't mean they will be harmless forever. Studies on these pests are performed each year to monitor the problems they cause.

Identifying A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are not invisible pests, but they are incredibly difficult to identify. These pests spend most of the day hiding and will only come out at night when homeowners are asleep, and it is safe to feed. However, bed bugs often leave signs behind that helps residents know they are around.

Here are a few clues to watch for:

  • Bloodstains
  • Small reddish-black specs of fecal matter
  • Tiny pearly-white eggs
  • Shed skins
  • A sweet, musty odor in the air
  • Live bed bugs

Five Prevention Tips For Bed Bugs

  1. When traveling, check rooms you plan on staying in for signs of bed bugs before settling in.
  2. Before traveling home after being away, store used clothing inside an airtight bag. Wash this clothing on high heat as soon as you get home.
  3. When traveling, do not set items down for more than 20 minutes.
  4. Check used furniture and other items for signs of bed bugs before bringing them into your home.
  5. Teach your family and friends about bed bugs so they can avoid bringing these pests into your living areas.

How To Eliminate Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not easy pests to prevent. They are even more difficult to eliminate. If your Seabrook home is infested with these invasive blood-feeding pests, do not hesitate to get a professional involved. At Men In Black Pest Control, we offer comprehensive bed bug control options to remove bed bugs from homes quickly. Let us show you what reliable and friendly pest control looks like.

Give us a call today if you have any questions about bed bugs, and schedule your house for an inspection.