If ever there were a pest whose reputation as difficult to get rid of precedes it, it’s the bed bug. Bed bugs are small parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals and some birds. Their favorite source of food, however, is us, people. As such, they often make their way into our Houston homes. Once they infest a home, it can prove quite challenging to eliminate bed bugs. Therefore, when it comes to these little parasites, prevention is key. That means you need to know how bed bugs get inside of homes in the first place. That way, you can take the necessary precautions to limit your exposure to these blood-sucking pests.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small parasitic pests that are often referred to as apple seeds with legs on account of their shape and color. They have flat bodies that are reddish-brown in color. However, after they feed on a blood meal, their bodies will engorge and turn to a deep reddish-purple color.
Bed bugs derive their name from the fact that a lot of bed bug infestations begin around the bed. The reason for this has to do with the fact that bed bugs are nocturnal animals. Therefore, mattresses, box springs, and the like provide bed bugs with easy access to sleeping humans upon whom they can feed. Furthermore, although a bed bug infestation may begin around a bed, if not dealt with promptly, it will spread throughout a home, making it even more difficult to get rid of.
How Do Bed Bug Infestations Start?
While it is important to know what happens once bed bugs get into your Houston home, it is also important to know how they got there in the first place. To find out how bed bugs get in, you need not look any further than the mirror. That’s right, we are most often responsible for bringing bed bugs into our homes ourselves. We will pick them up, unknowingly, while out in the world, and then return home with them.
Places that you are likely to pick up bed bugs are called bed bug hotspots and include anywhere with many people coming and going daily. These include transportation hubs like bus stations, train stations, and airports; lodging establishments such as hotels, motels, and dormitories; and other highly-populated areas like hospitals, schools, and shopping malls.
In addition to riding in on people, bed bugs can also sneak into a home while hiding in secondhand items such as furniture, clothing, or appliances. A common misconception about bed bugs is that only dirty homes can get them. However, the truth is, any home is susceptible to bed bugs if you aren’t careful.
What Can You Do To Keep From Bringing Bed Bugs Into Your Home?
To keep bed bugs out of your home, there are some precautions you can take to help limit your exposure. These include:
- Do not place your belongings directly on the ground in bed bug hotspots.
- Do not sit directly on the ground in bed bug hotspots.
- Inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before using them.
- Try to avoid buying secondhand mattresses, box springs, and other upholstered furniture.
- If necessary, inspect all secondhand items for signs of bed bugs (rust-like stains and bloodstains) before purchasing them.
What To Do If Bed Bugs Infest Your Home?
Remember, if bed bugs do infest your home, you need to act quickly or else they can spread throughout the home, making them even more difficult to get rid of. That means you need to call the trained pest professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions right away.
Here at GreenForce Pest Solutions, our expert technicians are fully equipped with the knowledge and experience required to effectively eliminate bed bugs from a home. That way you can rest assured that you won’t be the next source of a meal for one of these blood-sucking parasites. Give us a call today.