It’s safe to say that most people are aware that bed bugs are tedious pests that you don’t want to have in your Houston home. However, not everyone knows just how much a problem bed bugs can be if they do get inside of your house. Not only can they cause health problems, but bed bugs are also extremely difficult to eliminate. Therefore, if you want to limit your exposure to these stubborn pests, you need to know what your best bed bug control options are. After all, your family’s health could depend on it.
Bed Bug Basics
Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals and some birds. Although they will feed on any mammal, human blood tends to be their favorite. They are often compared to apple seeds because of the shapes of their bodies and their reddish-brown coloring. However, their bodies will swell up and turn to a deep purplish-red color after they have fed.
Bed bugs are sometimes referred to as blood-sucking hitchhikers due to how they travel. Bed bugs get around by “hitching” rides on unsuspecting people and animals. Then, when those people return home, they bring bed bugs with them.
The places that you are most likely to pick up bed bugs are called bed bug hotspots. Bed bug hotspots include lodging establishments such as hotels, motels, and dormitories; transportation hubs such as train stations, airports, and bus depots; and any other location where a lot of people come and go on a daily basis such as hospitals, schools, and shopping malls.
If you venture into a bed bug hotspot, be sure to exercise caution. Do not sit or place your belongings directly on the ground, inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs before using, and search your person and property for bed bugs before entering your home if you are returning from a bed bug hotspot.
Health Concerns Associated With Bed Bugs
Unlike other parasites, there is no concrete evidence that bed bugs transmit disease. However, there are other health concerns that come along with a bed bug infestation. For instance, people who are living with a bed bug infestation can experience insomnia or mental distress. Moreover, bites from bed bugs can lead to secondary infections if they are scratched too much. Finally, if a bed bug infestation grows too large, or persists for too long, it can cause anemia. Bed bugs can do a significant amount of damage to your health, both physical and mental.
Why It’s So Hard To Prevent & Control Bed Bugs
As previously stated, bed bug hotspots are considered to be any place that has a large volume of people coming and going on a daily basis. While it is best to exercise caution in these places, it is unrealistic to expect everyone to always be on their guard. Therefore, bringing home bed bugs with you is much easier than you might think.
Once inside, bed bugs tend to first make their homes around beds, in mattresses, and box springs. This is because bed bugs are nocturnal and these locations provide them with easy access to sleeping humans upon whom they can feed. However, they will soon spread throughout a home to many places most wouldn’t think to look, such as in electric sockets and under baseboards. Therefore, if you don’t act quickly in containing an infestation, your entire house could become infested.
What To Do If Bed Bugs Invade Your Home
Remember, when it comes to containing bed bug infestations, time is a factor. Therefore, at the first sign of bed bugs in your Houston home, call the pros here at GreenForce Pest Solutions. Our certified pest technicians have the experience and the expertise required to effectively eliminate any bed bug infestation with which you are dealing. Don’t let bed bugs feed on you and your family. Call us today!