Bed bugs are one of the most feared pests on the planet. In the last twenty years, they’ve become increasingly more common, and there is such a negative connotation attached to them that even the most level-headed people act irrationally in their presence. No one wants to find a bed bug in their home, but what do you do if you spot one of these little creatures?
Consider the Evidence
Do you have a reason to suspect bed bugs? There are so many small pests in the world that just finding a bug in your bedroom isn’t a reason to panic. Consider the other evidence. Are you waking up with itchy bites? Do you see any signs that they are present in your bed? For example, you may notice blood stains on light colored sheets or skin in the cracks and crevices of the mattress. Do you notice an unusual smell? Bed bugs can let off a scent that smells musty, particularly if they are present in large numbers.
Looking for the signs of bed bugs can help you decide what to do next. If you are still concerned after examining the evidence, there are a few things to do next.
Many people take extreme action if they suspect that they might have bed bugs. They throw out furniture, take out carpet, or start spraying every chemical they have throughout their property. Reacting like this will not help the situation and could make things worse by scattering the bed bugs from a central location to many different rooms.
Keep in mind that bed bugs do not transmit diseases. Mosquitoes are actually much more dangerous than bed bugs in that respect. While bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of, there is no need to act hastily. Instead, take your time and confirm the infestation.
Get An Inspection
Bed bug bites and mosquito bites look a lot alike. There are other pests that can be confused for these little creatures as well. Therefore, it is very important to confirm that you are really dealing with bed bugs before you put a treatment plan into place. You will not have much success treating your pest infestation if you are targeting the wrong bug. You’ll waste money, but more importantly, you’ll waste time, and it will be much harder to get control of the situation once the bugs have been allowed to breed. Call EnSec Pest & Lawn to figure out what you are dealing with.
Call In The Professionals
Once bed bugs are confirmed, there are a few things that you can do to help the situation. Wash all your bedding and clothing in the hottest water possible. Make sure to dry the items thoroughly, and then put any items that you are not using in sealed bags to protect them from the bed bugs. Vacuum and put bed bug covers on all the mattresses.
While taking these steps will help, they will not get rid of an infestation completely. Therefore, it is important to call in a professional pest control company and talk through your options. By partnering with the experts, you can effectively treat for bed bugs.
Bed bugs are becoming increasingly common. If you are concerned that you might have an infestation, stay calm and work with the professionals to get a handle on the situation.