Three Things Everyone In Wilmington Should Know About Bed Bugs
March 19, 2020
There’s two things that most people know about bed bugs. One is that they inhabit mattresses and pillows. The second is that they bite humans and leave itchy, red bumps on skin. It's not common knowledge how these insects come about, why they love to munch on us, and how to prevent and control them. You can learn all of this, and how Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators can help Wilmington residents, with these three fun facts.
1) There Are Different Types Of Bed Bugs, But They All Love Blood
There are various kinds of bed bugs, but the most prevalent species is the cimex lectularius, simply called the “household bed bug.” Their bodies have three parts. At the top is a round head with two antennas. Their middles are small and strangely shaped, and their bottoms are large and circular. The adults are reddish-brown in color, while the babies are translucent. Most are a teeny ¼ inch long.
Other bed bug groups are distinguished by their shade and environmental factors. For instance, some only thrive in tropical climates or on farms. In any case, they all survive exclusively on blood. Be it from an animal or human, they have to have it. The household bed bug gravitates to human spaces for this reason. You can carry some home from any public place, such as a bus station, hotel, school or business. It doesn’t matter if an area is dirty or clean, blood not filth is the main attraction for them.
2) Bed Bugs Infest More Than Mattresses
Where you sleep isn’t the only place to look for bed bugs. Many people would probably be surprised to read that these pests nest in furniture, appliances, and electronics too. They will make themselves at home in sofas, couches, curtains and upholstery. Your backpacks, gym bags, purses and luggage are also comfy homes for them. Wallpaper, flooring and wood aren’t off limits either. Signs of infestation include:
Reddish-brown smudges and/or blood specks under linens
Brown or black fecal stains on sheets and surfaces
Grouped bites on your arms, legs, hands, neck and/or face
White capsule-shaped eggs that are ¼ inch or tinier
3) Preventing Bed Bugs Is Possible, But Extermination Requires Professionals
Preventing bed bugs from entering and taking over your Wilmington home is possible, but it necessitates constant and painstaking inspection. Moreover, you’ll have to routinely clean items. Some of the things you’ll have to do are:
Use a flashlight to check head and foot boards, box springs, mattress seams, and underneath beds.
Examine bags, laundry piles, drawers, electronics, lamps, and picture frames.
Look over beds and furniture in hotel units or where you spend the night. Alert maintenance if you see bed bugs, and have them move you to a room far away. Bed bugs travel to adjacent rooms.
Think about purchasing a protective cover, or getting a plastic bag to put your luggage in while traveling.
Check your luggage once home from a trip. Use hot water to wash all your clothes, and dry them for at least 20 minutes on high.
Study second-hand items before bringing them home.
If you already have an infestation, getting rid of them on your own is next to impossible. Most retail insecticides and sprays are only mildly effective. Bed bugs reproduce fast and the chances of recurrence are high. Deep and repeat treatments are usually required to make sure they’re gone for good. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators have the extra-strength products needed to remove bed bugs. Our methods are eco-friendly, and sensitive to health conditions and pets. Call us today for your no obligation inspection!