If you know anything about bed bugs, you know that these little guys are great at hiding and multiplying in great numbers before being detected. Their bodies are thin, flat, and ovular, which allows them to squeeze into very tiny spaces and stay there for long periods of time without needing a meal of blood. They are reddish/brown in color and are roughly the size of an apple seed.
Signs you may have bed bugs
Signs that a bed bug exterminator is needed may come from your own body. Human blood is the primary food source for bed bugs and bites occur on exposed skin. Look for itchy, red bites (sometimes left in a straight row), especially on the arms, face, neck, and legs. Bites are often mistaken for flea or mosquito bites, but bed bug bites don’t have a white center like these two often do. These little suckers are nocturnal and often found in dark, warm spaces close to their food sources (like mattresses and box springs). The best way to identify a bed bug infestation is by seeing the bugs themselves.
Bed bug prevention
The best bed bug control is preventing them from coming into your home in the first place. Bed bug prevention can be as simple as keeping your home clean and decluttered. Clean your sheets weekly and vacuum often. While bed bugs aren’t limited to just dirty spaces, cleaning often and removing clutter will ensure that you come into contact with spaces that may be hiding pests.
Bed bugs are easily spread through transportation and infect areas as they travel. When traveling, give hotel rooms a good inspection before settling in. To be extra careful, throw your clothing into the wash (on a hot cycle) after returning from a trip. If you happen to be the host, wash bed linens after your visitor leaves, just in case they brought any unwanted guests with them.
Be cautious when purchasing secondhand goods like furniture. Before bringing in that great chair your neighbor was going to throw away, give it a thorough inspection.
If you live in a multi-unit space, you may want to take a few extra steps for bed bug prevention. Use properly sealed baseboards, door casings and door sweeps, which can help prevent bed bugs from another unit from infesting your space.
How to get rid of bed bugs
If bed bugs have infested your Capital Region home, it is vital to get bed bug treatment as soon as possible. Bed bugs multiply rapidly: female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day, or about 540 eggs in a lifetime. No one likes the idea of having a bed bug infestation in their home. For effective bed bug control, contact the Capital Region bed bug exterminators at Attention Pest Solutions. We utilize specialized products such as Aprehend, a revolutionary fungal biopesticide for the elimination and prevention of bed bugs, and Crossfire, which brings two actives to the fight against bed bug infestations. We offer bed bug extermination in the areas of Saratoga Springs NY, Saratoga County, Albany NY, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County.