Bed bugs-How to get rid of them
Several years ago the stories began hitting the airwaves. Pockets of the U.S. were experiencing a growing number of bed bug invasions. These annoying critters hadn’t been much of an issue throughout the 1900s, but now they were quickly becoming a serious concern.
If you think you may have bed bugs it’s essential that you take care of the problem as soon as possible. The first task is verifying that you have an infestation on your hands.
How to Know if You Have Bed Bugs
It starts with a little bit of itching, then you’ll start to notice the bites. However, the physical signs that bed bugs are feeding on you could take up to two weeks to appear and these jokers can live for months without feeding. Other signs that you should look for on a regular basis include:
• The small 1-7mm wingless brown bugs hiding in the mattress seams, sheets and coach cushions
• The exoskeleton of bugs that have molted
• Blood spots
• A sweet yet musty odor
The first place to look is around your beds, but this isn’t the only place a bed bug will hang out. Bed bugs have been found in dressers, furniture, box springs, even behind wallpaper.
They don’t spread diseases, but they are bloodsucking parasites that can cause irritation and discomfort. It’s also not surprising if you’re having trouble sleeping because another unfortunate side effect can be insomnia. If any of the signs above are present it’s time to call in the pros.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
One of the theories for why bed bugs are on the rise is because the insects are getting more resistant to insecticides and because people don’t know how to properly take care of the situation. This isn’t a DIY project that you should try to handle on your own.
Your first call should be to a professional pest control company that has experience using integrated pest management to treat bed bug infestations. This method utilizes a number of treatment approaches and takes the lifecycle and activities of the bugs into consideration. Treatment options typically include:
• Chemical and non-chemical pesticides
• Cleaning up clutter and areas of the home where bed bugs typically hide
• Sealing crevices and cracks
• Heat applications
• Monitoring devices
The earlier you catch the problem the easier it will be to get everything under control. But the pest control company can’t do it alone. You and your property manager will need to be active participants in eradicating the bed bugs. As soon as you know you have a bed bug problem contact your landlord. They have a vested interest to ensure that the problem is handled swiftly and thoroughly so that the bed bugs don’t spread to nearby units.