Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

One of the most well-known pests and a pest that home and business owners want to avoid at all costs is the bed bug. Bed bugs are small, oval, flattened insects that hitchhike into our homes and businesses where they breed, feed, and are challenging to eliminate.

Bed bugs only feed on blood as the sole source of nutrition and require blood meals to complete their life cycle. Feeding on the blood of warm-blooded animals, and with people being their favorite hosts, bed bugs are common pests inside residential and commercial properties.

Wingless and unable to jump, bed bugs have adapted to moving from place to place by hitchhiking on people and our belongings. The ease and affordability of travel are among the biggest reasons bed bugs move easily across cities and countries.

close up of a bed bug on gravel

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs don't spread diseases, but they do cause a lack of sleep. Who could sleep soundly knowing they are soon to become a meal for biting bed bugs? Though they don't spread disease, people allergic to bed bug saliva may experience swelling and redness around the bite sites, and they become very itchy. Itching at the bites can create a secondary infection.

It is also important to note that between 30 and 60 percent of people do not react to bed bugs bites; this means that just because you aren't noticing bites on your body doesn't mean they aren't biting you. People who don't react to bed bug bites simply aren't allergic to their saliva.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

You have a bed bug problem because they are a pest that is difficult to avoid. Bed bugs live wherever there are people and can end up in any of our homes at any time of year. They don't care what type of home they end up in (cluttered or immaculate); they only care that food is available.

When bed bugs find a way into our homes, these nocturnal insects squeeze their flat bodies inside tiny cracks and crevices to hide. After finding a way into a home, they initially hide near their food source in bedrooms, but as the infestation grows, they will travel throughout your house hiding in many different areas.

Some favorite hideouts include:

  • On mattresses and box springs.
  • In the cracks in wooden furniture.
  • Behind wall hangings, loose wallpaper, and window or door trim.
  • In wall cracks.
  • In rugs and between floorboards.
  • Inside outlets and electronics.
  • Under piles of dirty laundry and clutter.

Where will I find bed bugs?

It is easy to know where you will find bed bugs because they live wherever people are. You have the chance to come into contact with bed bugs doing a variety of things, including traveling, going to work or school, running daily errands, or going out for a day of family fun.

Some of the many places people run into bed bugs include:

  • Amusement parks and cruise ships
  • Movie theaters and libraries
  • A friend's home
  • Schools and dormitories
  • Shopping centers
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Hotel and motels
  • Airports, bus stations, and train stations

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Committed to the communities we serve, the pest professionals at EnSec want to help you keep your home or business free of bed bugs and other pests that live throughout Alabama and Florida.

If bed bugs have become a problem for you, partner with EnSec, our professionals will quickly and completely remove bed bugs from your property using our industry-leading solutions. We will eliminate bed bugs from your property in the easiest and most stress-free way possible!

For more information about getting rid of bed bugs with the help of our effective bed bug control solutions, contact the pest experts at EnSec today.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Take steps to reduce the chances of bed bugs becoming a problem inside your home with the help of our pest prevention tips. Some of the easiest things you can do to guard your home against bed bugs include:

  • Whenever possible, keep your personal belongings up off of the ground.
  • While at work or school, keep your belongings away from other people's belongings.
  • Regularly vacuum your floors and wash bedding to get rid of stray bed bugs.
  • Put bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs to help eliminate some of their favorite hiding spots.
  • Always take care or avoid purchasing used mattresses, furniture, or electronics for your home; they may have stray bed bugs in them.

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