Let's face it, nobody wants bed bugs in their homes; they're gross, they bite, they itch, and they multiply rapidly. But, do you know how easy it is to get saddled with a bed bug infestation? Most would assume that only the dirtiest homes have to battle those little pests but that's just not the case. In fact, even the cleanest homes can become susceptible to a bed bug infestation, so let's make sure your home isn't one of them.
Identifying And Discovering These Parasitic Pests
Bed bugs are infuriatingly good at hiding, and they usually only emerge at night, though if there's a bad enough infestation you might be able to catch them creeping about during the day. They're very small and reddish-brown, usually growing no bigger than an apple seed, and they're often mistaken for miscellaneous crumbs and debris. They're most often found in the seams and framework of beds, hence their common name, but they can also be found in:
- Couches and chairs
- Creases between the walls and carpeting
- Under the seams of the wallpaper
- Clinging to drapes
- Unwashed clothing
Their expert-level hiding skill is what makes identification so crucial – if you don't know what they look like and where they're most likely to hide, you become a prime target for their new host home.
Hitchhiker's Guide To The West Palm Beach
There's a slim chance that bed bugs will enter your home on their own. Most infestations start while you're working on your vacation tan, or even finding a nifty thrifty deal at a garage sale. Bed bugs are top class hitchhikers. They'll creep into your luggage, hitch a ride on your shoulder, and hideaway in the crevices of thrift store furniture, lying in wait for you to come along and snatch them up. So what are some good precautionary measures to take to keep your home bed bug free?
- Keep luggage off of floors while on vacation
- Inspect tight creases and crevices of furniture before settling into your hotel room and purchasing second-hand
- Wash and dry all laundry and linens on the hottest setting – bed bugs are incredibly susceptible to extreme heat
Uh Oh – I Think My West Palm Beach Home Is Already Infested
If you suspect those strange bites you keep finding are from bed bugs, it might be time to do a thorough inspection for yourself. While bed bug bites vary from person to person, they're most commonly small, flat, reddened marks on the surface of your skin. Bed bugs like to eat in rows, so if your bites are patterned in rows or zigzags, then it's pretty safe to say you've got an infestation on your hands. Another sign of an infestation is rust-colored spots on your linens; you're likely to crush them when you roll over in your sleep, and they also defecate while they're feeding. Egg cases shed exoskeletons, and dead remains are all telltale signs that you have a full-blown invasion on your hands.
Bed Bugs Aren't That Bad, I Could Get Rid Of Them On My Own
Are you sure, though? Bed bugs are extremely resilient to store-bought pesticides, and even then you run the risk of exposing yourself and loved ones to toxic chemicals. Treating a bed bug infestation on your own would take months of deep cleaning, scrubbing, regular chemical, and non-chemical treatments, and washing infested clothes and linens over and over again. Attempting to rid your home of bed bugs DIY style could have you sitting on bare floors and air mattresses while you isolate your infested furniture in the garage for months at a time; these minuscule monsters can live up to three months without eating.
Time To Serve That Eviction Notice
If you're tired of losing sleep over ridding your West Palm Beach home of those nocturnal nightmares, then it's time to call in the professionals. At Empire Pest Defense, we are dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction. As a family-owned and operated pest control company, we know that your loved ones are what matter most to you, and we want to help you keep them safe and comfortable in your home. Each scheduled treatment comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee – if you have any problems after we've treated your home, we come right back and re-treat absolutely free of charge! So give us a call today to schedule your appointment. We're looking forward to working with you.