It’s the middle of summer, and you’re enjoying a lazy day at home when you notice something moving on your bed. At first you think it’s a fly, but as it comes closer you realize that it’s a bed bug! You’ve been invaded! How did they get into your home in the first place? Bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of, so it’s important to know how they infiltrate your space in the first place.
How Do They Get In?
There are a few ways that bed bugs can make their way into your home. One of the most common ways is by hitchhiking on luggage, furniture, or clothing. If you’ve recently stayed in a hotel or been in contact with someone who has bed bugs, it’s possible that they transferred to your belongings without you even realizing it. Bed bugs are also excellent climbers, so they can easily crawl through cracks and crevices in walls or floors to get into your space.
What Do Bed Bugs Want?
Once they’re in your home, bed bugs will typically make their way to your bedroom to find a comfortable place to feed on your blood while you sleep. They’re attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide that we exhale, so they’ll often congregate near your head or body. If you’ve noticed small, red bites on your skin that seem to appear overnight, it could be the case that you have bed bugs.
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
While bed bugs aren’t known to transmit any diseases, their bites can be incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. In some cases, people can have severe reactions to bed bug bites that lead to swelling and itching all over the body. You can relieve most mild reactions with an over-the-counter antihistamine, but more severe cases may require a visit to the doctor.
Bed bugs are also notorious for causing sleepless nights as their bites can be quite painful. If you think you might have bed bugs in your home, it’s important to take action right away to get rid of them.
How To Remove Bed Bugs
If you think you might have bed bugs, it’s important to call a pest control company right away. Bed bugs can be very difficult to eradicate on your own, and they reproduce very quickly, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. In the meantime, try to avoid sitting or lying on your bed, and keep your bedroom as clean as possible to prevent the spread of the infestation.
Contact Sykes Pest Control for more information on bed bug prevention and removal. We’re here to help you get rid of these pests for good!