A Handy Bed Bug Prevention Guide For Wilmington Homeowners
March 26, 2021
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small insects that commonly feed on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep. They have an oval-shaped flat body that is a reddish-brown color and they tend to hide beneath mattresses and within bedding materials. Once entering your home, bed bugs can reproduce and be difficult to eradicate; therefore, it is critical to seek assistance from a pest control professional.
Bed Bugs And House Cleaning
There is a common misconception that bed bugs are most likely to exist in homes that are not regularly cleaned. This is a fallacy, as unlike many types of pests, they will exist near humans regardless of the sanitary conditions.
The Sources Of Bed Bugs
The primary way that bed bugs enter homes is by “hitchhiking” on people or within their belongings. Those who are traveling will often encounter bed bugs in hotel rooms or group transportation hubs where they can discretely enter bags and suitcases. From there, these pests will make themselves at home in beds, carpeted areas, upholstered furniture, and any other locations that allow them access to where you sleep.
Bed bugs also infiltrate homes when used furniture or appliances are acquired. These items should be properly cleaned and inspected before being placed in the home and bringing in second-hand mattresses is generally discouraged.
Signs Of An Infestation
One common indicator that homeowners may notice are bed bug bites. These may be visible in the morning as red patches that are itchy or otherwise irritating. Those who experience these signs should promptly inspect the bedroom area.
The bugs themselves may be visible within bedsheets, on bed frames, or underneath mattresses. They may leave a trail of waste that appears as small black dots, smears, or spots of blood. These insects also shed their exoskeletons (skins) through the process of molting.
Best Practices For Preventing Bed Bugs
There are a host of recommendations for preventing potential infestations. Be sure to educate those you live with about bed bugs, including the signs of infestation and the following prevention tips:
- Upon arrival at your hotel, it is best to remove the bedspread and sheets to thoroughly inspect for any evidence of bed bugs.
- Avoid putting bags and clothing on the bed, floors, or upholstered furniture; instead, position these items on elevated hard surfaces.
- Carefully inspect your luggage and clothing after returning from overnight stays. Clothing should be washed and then machine dried on a high-heat setting.
- Minimize clutter in the areas close to the bed such as rugs, baseboards, and closets. These areas should also be routinely swept and the contents gathered by the vacuum cleaner should be promptly disposed of outdoors or in a well-sealed trash bag.
- Consider encasing mattresses in protective covers. Choose a light color, which makes it easier to visibly detect any signs of bugs.
Responding To Signs Of Bed Bug Intrusion
Some property owners make the mistake of underestimating how rapidly a bed bug intrusion can spread and become a full-blown infestation. Many people will try do-it-yourself solutions such as aerosols, foaming sprays, and fogging kits, which rarely eradicate these resilient pests altogether. Contacting an experienced local extermination professional is critical after recognizing the presence of these intruders.
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