Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, wingless, oval-shaped blood-feeding insects. Before consuming a blood meal, they are the size and shape of an apple seed. After feeding, their body swells and is more capsule or cigar-like. Bed bugs are nocturnal, hiding during the day and emerging at night to feed, usually on us. 

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Bed bugs significantly impact us by invading our homes and businesses in large numbers and are challenging to avoid and control. Easily transported from place to place on us and our belongings, it is no wonder we are their preferred food source! 

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs aren’t necessarily “dangerous,” but there are many negatives to having these pests living in your home. While the damage can easily be overlooked, bed bugs are actually destructive. Blood and excrement from bed bugs often stain walls, floor, furniture, mattresses, and bedding. 

Health risks are also associated with bed bugs; they bite through our skin to feed, which leaves us open to infections. Those allergic to their saliva can develop red itchy welts that are both uncomfortable and unsightly. 

Once you discover a bed bug infestation, it is unnerving and causes people to lose sleep until the infestation is eliminated. Professional elimination is the best way to ensure you and your family get a good night’s sleep!

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are a problem that can happen to anyone, and these insects can find their way into any residential or commercial property.

The presence of bed bugs is in no way a reflection of you or how clean you keep your home or business. Bed bugs only care that people or other warm-blood animals are present to feed on. 

Bed bugs find their way into our homes after hitchhiking their way inside on people or our belongings. Bags, coats, and other personal items that are on the floor make excellent targets for bed bugs. 

Where will I find bed bugs?

Almost any indoor environment where people or animals are available to feed on is a place where bed bugs can thrive. Houses, apartment buildings, hotels, airports, cruise ships, hospitals, schools, and laundry mats are all places where bed bugs and people come into contact with each other.

After bed bugs are brought into a home, they seek out dark, quiet places to hide during the day. They can squeeze their flat bodies into the tiniest of spaces. Knowing common hiding spots for bed bugs is essential so you can regularly inspect your house for these problematic pests.

  • Seams of mattresses and box springs.

  • Under cushions in upholstered furniture.

  • Behind wall hangings or pieces of trim around doors or windows.

  • Under rugs or carpet.

  • Inside bags or luggage.

  • In dresser drawers.

  • In folded linens or clothing in closets.

  • Cracks in walls or inside electrical outlets.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

At Miche Pest Control, we understand how quickly home and business owners need bed bugs eliminated from their structures. By partnering with us, you will have peace of mind knowing that our experienced experts will eliminate bed bugs from your property and prevent the from returning. We utilize effective and modern pest control methods and products to control bed bugs and other common household pests that are in your home or business. If you live in our service areas of Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C., and would like to learn more about our effective bed bug control plans, contact Miche Pest Control today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Preventing problems with bed bugs is difficult, but we want to help you guard your property against them by offering these helpful prevention tips:

  • Reduce potential hiding spots for bed bugs by placing bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs.

  • Keep your floors vacuumed.

  • Regular vacuum under couch cushions and the seams of upholstered furniture, mattresses, and box springs.

  • Thoroughly clean and inspect used items like mattresses, furniture, and rugs for bed bugs before bringing them into your home.

  • Eliminate clutter from your house that would allow bed bugs to hide.

  • When at work or school, make sure to keep your belongings away from other people’s belongings.

  • Keep personal belongings up off the ground to keep them out of the way of crawling bed bugs.

  • When traveling, always inspect your hotel room or another rental for bed bugs before bringing your belongings inside. 

 

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