Contracting bed bugs is a great fear of many homeowners. It used to be thought that only people with poor hygiene would get bed bugs, but that is not the case. You can pick them up at any public place and bring their back to your house, even if you practice great hygiene and have a very clean house. Here are some things you need to know about bed bugs so you can protect yourself.
How Will I Know I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs can be hard to detect. It is not like you can see them easily. This is why it is important that you know what the signs of bed bugs are. First thing you will probably notice is bite marks on your body. These bite marks usually aren't random. Instead, they will be little marks that move in a line. This is because usually the bug will bite once then move up and bite again.
Next, you can look for the bugs themselves. Try to look in the morning because they will have just fed so their bodies will be darker from the blood they consumed. In the evening they may be more transparent and blend in with the bedding.
What Should I Do To Treat Bed Bugs?
The safest and most effective way to treat bed bugs is to have a professional do it. Although there are some home treatments, they are not as effective and you can risk having the bugs come back. To prevent the bugs from nesting for good in your home, you should hire a professional exterminator to come in and take care of the problem.
The most effective thing that you can do to get rid of bed bugs is suffocate them. This can be hard to do on your own. The best way to do this is by using chemicals that suffocate the bugs. Washing the bedding, and even soaking the bedding won't be enough. You have to clean all the mattresses and surrounding flooring and walls to get rid of the problem. This is why it is best to let someone who has harsh chemicals come in and safely take care of the house.
How Do I Protect Myself In The Future?
If you have had problems in the past, or you live in an area that has an infestation, you could try using sprays that you put in your house and even on your person. This will help to prevent the bugs from nesting. Talk to your exterminator about options.
By understanding what to expect with bed bugs you can protect yourself and prevent them from being a problem in your home.