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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs have been an unwanted part of our lives for centuries. These small, oval-shaped, reddish-brown insects feed only on the blood of warm-blooded animals, with people being their preferred source of blood. Other common sources of food include the blood of dogs, cats, rodents, and birds. 

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After being introduced into a home or business, these insects quickly establish themselves. Bed bugs are prolific breeders, with a single female able to lay around 345 eggs in her lifetime. Beg bugs are nocturnal, meaning they feed as we sleep and hide from us during the day, so it can take some time to notice an infestation of these pests. The longer bed bugs stay in your home unnoticed, the larger and more frustrating the problem will become.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not considered dangerous pests like other blood-feeding insects, such as mosquitoes or ticks. Currently, they are not responsible for spreading pathogens that make people ill. However, having these pests living in your home with your family is not ideal. As bed bugs feed, they create openings within the skin that can lead to a secondary infection. Also, some people are allergic to bed bugs and will develop a red itchy rash around the bite sites. 

The biggest concern with bed bugs is not the physical problems they cause but the mental. Sharing your home with bed bugs is stressful and often leads to a lack of sleep.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers, and these structural invading pests move from place to place with people or on our belongings. Bed bugs don’t fly or jump, but they crawl efficiently over floors, walls, ceilings, belongings, and other surfaces. 

It is common for bed bugs to get into our homes on furniture, clothing, mattresses, and other items. We can bring them back home with us in our suitcases after traveling and staying in hotels or other rentals. In multi-unit buildings, they migrate between units through wires, plumbing pipes, vents, gaps around doors, and cracks in walls. 

Where will I find bed bugs?

Once bed bugs find a way into your home, they will make quick work of finding hiding spots that allow them to remain hidden during the day. At night these nocturnal insects will emerge from their hiding spots to feed on their sleeping hosts — you and your family. 

We have compiled a list of some common bed bug hiding spots. Regularly check your home for a bed bug infestation in these areas and get professional help as quickly as possible.

  • The seams of mattresses and box springs
  • Behind the cushions of upholstered furniture
  • Under rugs
  • Behind baseboards and in cracks that develop within walls
  • Behind wall hangings
  • Inside electrical outlets and electronics
  • Within areas of clutter 
  • Under piles of dirty laundry

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are pests that need the help of a professional to eliminate. These insects are experts at the game of hide and seek, and when treating, missing just one egg or adult will quickly lead to a re-infestation. If bed bugs have found their way into your structure, contact us at Trees Hurt Too. Our knowledgeable, friendly, and diligent professionals will work closely with you to eliminate them from your home or business. Using green products, we will solve your property’s bed bug problem. 

Trees Hurt Too, Inc. is a locally owned and operated company that is the first line of defense against pests for homes and businesses in Tarrant County, TX. To learn more about our bed bug control services, give us a call today, and speak with one of our helpful professionals!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Limit the chances of bed bugs taking over your Texas home using the following prevention tips.

  • Regularly change your family’s bedding inspecting the mattresses and box springs for bed bugs in the process. 
  • Place bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs to protect them from bed bugs and removing one of their preferred hideouts.
  • Vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture to remove stray bed bugs.
  • Eliminate as many areas of clutter as possible. Bed bugs like to hide in clutter and piles of dirty laundry.
  • When traveling or spending time in any public location, always remain vigilant and keep your personal belongings up off the ground and away from other people’s things. 
 

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