How Can I Tell If My Phoenix Home Has Bed Bugs?
January 13, 2021
Do you have a hard time getting good sleep? Insomnia can be caused by a number of things. Since we are not sleep professionals, we won't try to guess what might be disrupting your slumber. Instead, let us introduce you to one pest that is often associated with difficulties sleeping. We are talking about bed bugs. These small, blood-feeding pests are a big problem here in Phoenix, and if you are not careful, they could invade your home. To help you identify bed bugs before they keep you up at night, here are a few things you should know.
Bed Bugs Are Small, But Not Invisible
There is a common misconception going around that bed bugs are too small to see. While it is true is that bed bugs are great at hiding in the darkest recesses of your home, they are not invisible, and you can see them with the human eye if you can find them. However, tearing up your house to locate them just isn't practical.
Bed Bug Signs
Finding live bed bugs is often difficult. To know these pests are around without seeing one, keep your eyes out for these signs.
- Bloodstains: When bed bugs feed, they have a habit of overeating, which leads to dribbling, a process that leaves spots of blood on bed linens and around sleeping areas.
- Fecal droppings: After processing a blood-meal, bed bugs excrete reddish-black fecal matter. This fecal matter is most commonly found along baseboards, around outlets, near sleeping areas, and inside cracks and crevices around homes.
- Bites: Bed bug bites appear on the skin in a straight line or zig-zag pattern. One thing you should know is that not everyone reacts to bed bug bites. In fact, roughly 30% of people show no visible signs at all.
- Eggs: Bed bugs lay their eggs inside cracks and crevices around homes and sleeping areas. These cream-colored pods are the size of a pinhead and can be difficult to spot when not grouped together.
How Bed Bugs Get Into Phoenix Homes
Bed bugs are a bit different than other pests. Rather than crawl or fly into your home through a gap, crack, or opening, these invasive pests take a more unique approach, which involves eliciting your help without your knowledge. More specifically, bed bugs hitchhike rides on items people carry in order to travel from place to place. Every time you leave your backpack in a locker at the gym, spend a night in a hotel, even take a trip to the movie theater, you risk picking up some of these sleep-wrecking pests.
To help you avoid bringing home a bed bug infestation, here are five practical tips to try:
- Check hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before settling in.
- Wash used clothing on high heat after coming home from vacation.
- Teach your kids how to inspect their backpacks for bed bugs before coming home from school.
- Do not set any personal items down in public for more than 20 minutes.
- Inform your family and friends about bed bugs before they come to your house to visit.
What To Do About A Bed Bug Infestation
We may not be sleep professionals at Complete Pest Management, LLC, but we do understand that bed bugs do not help. If these invasive pests are biting you while you sleep at night, do not hesitate to get our team involved. We will implement advanced pest control strategies around your home that are guaranteed to give bed bugs the boot.
Call us a call today to discuss your service options with one of our friendly pest control representatives. They will answer any quotations you have and schedule a visit to remove bed bugs from your Phoenix home. Learn more about our home pest control services.