Lesser Known Facts About The Bed Bugs That Inhabit Chandler Homes

Sometimes, a pest's name simply fails to do it justice. A bed bug sounds like a rather innocuous little thing at first, and the old cutesy sleepytime saying only reinforces that. Everyone's heard the phrase at least once; "Don't let the bed bugs bite," as though you'd have an opportunity to fight them off. No, these parasites are far more insidious.

These parasites are only about the size and shape of an apple seed, making them fairly undetectable unless you're well informed and specifically looking for them. Due to their stealthiness and extremely prolific breeding cycle, bed bugs are also nearly impossible to remove once an infestation has taken root. Don't let yourself lose sleep over these parasites. Instead, take this guide to complete bed bug prevention.

Pest control in Chandler is an ongoing need. Invasions by insects and creatures are often subtle, and you may not discover an issue until things are dire. Bed bugs are particularly adept at sneaking up on you. A pest control plan can quickly resolve bed bug problems early and prevent long, stressful infestations. Bed bugs are biting pests that leave red, itchy bumps on the skin. The more you learn about these critters, the more able you will be to form a good deterrence plan. Join us as we look at what causes bed bugs, how to identify bed bugs and a bed bug infestation, how to get rid of bed bugs, and other essential facts about these irritating pests.

Three Bed Bug Facts Everyone Ought To Know

up close image of a bed bug on human skin

You can prevent the misery of a bed bug infestation in Chandler by catching bed bugs early. To do this, you need to know what causes bed bug infestations, how to identify these bugs, and where they hide in your home. Here are three facts to help you.

1. Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. There is nothing about your home that will attract a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs don't live in your yard or attempt to get into your home from the outside. They are almost exclusively indoor pests. Your exterior pests protection isn't going to keep them out. But an ongoing pest control plan will give you access to a technician who knows your home and can respond quickly to an infestation.

2. Bed bugs are often misidentified: Adult bed bugs are 1/6 inches long and reddish-brown. Their seed-shaped bodies feature a small head with two antennas. You may easily identify bed bugs in this stage of development because bed bugs have gotten a lot of press. But, they don't always look like the photos you've seen in news articles, making detecting bed bugs a challenge. You may find tiny white and red insects in your home and not realize you found an immature nymph. Bed bugs emerge from their eggs as white, transparent insects. When they take a blood meal, you will see the red blood in the abdomen. So, you're not just looking for reddish insects that look like apple seeds. You're looking for insects that may be white and red, 1/24 of an inch, and mostly transparent. You're also looking for tan insects that have black or red inside the abdomen. As bed bugs grow, they become tan before eventually turning dark reddish-brown.

3. Bed bugs feed on blood: These insects are not interested in human food. When you perform an inspection, you need to check beds, bedrooms, living rooms, and areas of your home where people sit or lounge. Bed bugs prefer to be in or around beds because they prefer to feed on sleeping humans. But you should be aware that bed bugs can bite you while you're fully awake. They can draw a blood meal while you watch a television program, work on your computer, or relax with your morning coffee at the dining room table. When searching for bed bugs, look in compressed spaces, cracks, gaps, recesses, and dark voids. They're not going to be out in the open.

As you can see, bed bugs aren't like other pests. They don't come in from your yard, they don't look like what you might expect, and they don't feed on human food or organic debris in your home. Armed with this information, you know how to perform an inspection and catch bed bug activity early. What about treatment? Should you treat areas where you find bed bugs?

Why Are Bed Bugs So Hard To Treat

Bed bugs can be in more than one place within your home. If you treat your bed, you may only be treating one nesting site. If you suck bed bugs up with a vacuum, you may only be removing a small amount of the bed bugs in your home. These insects can be in:

  • Fabrics
  • Wallpaper

  • Electrical sockets 

  • Couches

  • Electronics 

  • Flooring

  • Upholstery

  • Wood Trim

  • Appliances

  • Mattresses

  • Luggage

  • Pocketbooks

  • Book Bags

  • Sleeping Bags

It's challenging to eradicate bed bugs because they hide in many places. They also multiply fast and hide in locations that are difficult to treat.

Early Warning Signs Of A Bed Bug Problem

You won't often catch any bed bugs crawling across your mattress, but there's one thing you're bound to notice the first night after you've caught them: the bites. If you're waking up with long lines of itchy red welts running up your legs, torso, or arms, it may be time to start looking for other signs.

Start by throwing back the covers to look for any rusty red splotches or bloodstains on your sheets. Remove the linens and put them in a zipper-sealed plastic bag for storage, to prevent further potential infestation as you lift the mattress itself to search thoroughly. Remember, bed bugs are incredibly tiny, able to slip into any crevice with ease. Look inside every seam, every hole and tear, every inch of your mattress, bed frame, and box spring. If you don't find their fecal droppings, molted shells, or actual bed bugs, look elsewhere around your room. If you can insert a credit card into a space, it could harbor bed bugs, so err on the side of excess caution. 

A bed bug infestation is constantly taxing on your mental health. Imagine hundreds of little legs and hungry mouths lurking under every fabric seam inside your bed, lying in wait for your breath to slow and your body to go limp, each one instinctively knowing that it's their time to feed. They creep up around you and gorge themselves on your blood, and before day breaks they're already back in their hiding places, spawning more and more for next night's feast, their numbers festering until any hope for freedom from their endless hunger fades. It's hard to sleep tight when you know what's in store.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips You Should Be Utilizing Daily

It doesn't benefit you to relax on bed bug control protocols in Chandler when these insects get indoors so simply. Take these prevention steps:

  • Keep your items off the floor and away from other people's belongings.
  • Request a new hotel room at a distance if you see bed bugs in your current unit. 

  • Insert your luggage into a plastic bag or protective cover. 

  • Use hot water to clean your travel clothes and high heat to dry them.

  • Inspect mattresses, head and footboards, and box springs with a flashlight.

  • Scan laundry, bags, drawer interiors, and furniture on a routine basis. 

  • Look over second-hand objects, like curtains, for infestation traces. 

Retail insecticides and "do it yourself" practices shouldn't be a part of your bed bug management plan. You won't be able to access every egg, nymph, and adult as needed. Further, these avenues are usually expensive and noxious. 

Stopping Bed Bugs From Coming Back

Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers, so the best way to prevent them from entering your home is to deny them that route. Whenever you travel, be mindful of where you leave your luggage, laundry, or other belongings. Bed bugs don't just hide in mattresses, even though that is most often where you'll find them. They tend to wait for victims anywhere with lots of people moving through, and because they feed solely on blood, it doesn't necessarily have to be a dirty-looking place to harbor bed bugs.

Here's a quick rundown of their usual hiding spots out in the world

  • Hotel rooms
  • Public laundry facilities

  • Public transportation

  • Used furniture

  • Second-hand clothing

  • Second-hand baggage

To prevent bed bugs from starting an infestation, it’s important to remember to check any of the above accessories prior to entering your home. However, once they become a problem, it’s always recommended to call a professional for help. 

Do I Really Need Professional Bed Bug Control?

Because of their prolific breeding cycle and stealthy nature, the only surefire way to get rid of bed bugs is to partner with the professionals. Reach out to the experts at Green Home for a comprehensive treatment plan, including guaranteed prevention measures. We'll work with you every step of the way to ensure a swift recovery from such a harrowing experience.

Considering how extensive bed bug populations are, the professional services of Green Home Pest Control are required. We have industrial-grade liquid and heat treatments that are safe. Preventive care, specialty mattresses, and canine inspections are also available. Follow-up visits and warranties are attached. Call us today for a free estimate and to learn  more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Chandler.