What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects with flat oval bodies. They are wingless and, like other insects, have six legs. These apple seed-shaped insects are typically reddish-brown, but nymphs (young bed bugs) are white until they have had their first meal.
Bed bugs are common pests you may encounter when you are traveling or out and about in any public location. Bed bugs feed solely on blood, and people happen to be their preferred hosts. The reason bed bugs are so challenging to avoid is that they live and spend time in the same places we do!
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs bite us and feed on our blood, and their presence causes us to worry and interrupts our sleep. However, bed bugs aren't truly dangerous because, unlike other blood-feeding pests, they aren't currently known for spreading pathogens that can make us ill.
While bed bugs may not pose a direct or immediate danger, their bites can leave behind red itchy welts, and scratching at those bites can result in a secondary infection. You should quickly eliminate bed bugs as soon as you find them!
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. They move from place to place on people, our personal belongings, or things like mattresses, furniture, rugs, or clothing moved from one place to another. Bed bugs don't care how messy or clean their living accommodations are; all they care about is having access to blood meals. Unfortunately, our Houston area's homes provide bed bugs with both food and shelter, making them able to thrive in our houses.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs are a threat to our homes any time of the year; however, during the summer and fall months, populations tend to boom because it is the time of year when people are traveling a lot. The more people are moving; the more hitchhiking bed bugs will also be moving around and introduced into new structures.
When bed bugs get into our homes, they make quick work of finding a dark, quiet hiding spot that puts them near their hosts. Some of the most common places to discover hiding bed bugs include the seams of mattresses, under cushions, cracks in walls and wooden furniture, behind wood trim, and inside electrical outlets.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Bed bugs need the experience and treatment solutions that a professional can offer. At Texas Termite Terminators, we are dedicated to our customers and helping home and business owners maintain a property free of bed bugs and other common household invaders. Through detailed inspections, effective treatments, and ongoing home pest control services, you won't have to worry or think about biting bed bugs again. To learn more about our Houston bed bug control solutions, reach out today.
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
Aside from home and commercial pest control services in Houston, the following prevention tips will help you keep hitchhiking bed bugs off of your Texas property:
- When traveling and spending the night away from your home, keep bags, luggage, and personal belongings up off the floor and place them on hard surfaces of hotel rooms.
- When using shared laundry facilities, always use your laundry baskets and take your clothing and linens home to fold.
- Regularly wash clothing, outerwear, and bags on high heat settings.
- Thoroughly clean and inspect secondhand furniture and clothing before bringing them inside. If possible, never bring secondhand mattresses into your home.
- Regularly vacuum your rugs and upholstered furniture.
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