Bed Bugs- What you need to know & what NOT to do if you have bed bugs
Bed bugs are truly a nightmare to experience. As a local pest company, we have experienced our fair share of phone calls about bed bugs. We receive a variety of questions about bed bugs. So, we decided to write this blog to help you learn what you need to know about bed bugs and what NOT to do if you have them.
First things first, you are probably wondering how do you inspect and identify bed bugs? Start your inspection by striping down all the beds in your home or the bed in question. Inspect the bed frame, headboard, and the bed kick board. Begin by searching for the bed bug itself. They are reddish in color and are about the size of a watermelon seed. Next, inspect for further evidence. Look for bed bug nymphs (baby bed bugs), adult bed bugs, and bed bug eggs. Continue by looking for bed bug excrement which look like blood spots. The blood spots may appear brown to black in color because the color of the blood changes as it dries.
After inspecting your bed move onto to other prevalent areas. Inspect baseboards, cracks, crevices, floors, walls, behind electric outlets, behind pictures, check other furniture, lamps, and nightstands.Once you have discovered that you do have bed bugs its time to put together a treatment plan and put it into action immediately.
Bed bugs are great hitch hikers and can easily spread throughout your home quickly or can infest your workplace, friend’s, or family’s home. Here are few effective treatment options:
1) Crack and Crevice Insecticide Treatment (use products that will kill ALL life cycle stages of bed bugs)
2) Heat Treatment
3) Tent Fumigation
4) Removal of all infected objects
5) Bed bug encasements for your mattress and box spring
Here’s what NOT to do if you find bed bugs in your home:
1) Use OTC (over the counter) Foggers
2) Do not use heat with flammable pesticides
3) Use home remedies that can be hazardous to your health without the PPE (proper protection equipment)
4) Do not use bleach or other harsh common household products
5) Do not use pest products that are labeled for outdoor use inside your home
Now that you know how to inspect, identify, and treat for bed bugs, as well as what NOT to do when you find activity, next it is important to start monitoring for any future evidence. You can purchase bed bug traps and place them out in high risk areas. Remember, inspection is key. So, after you’ve had a bed bug treatment completed, make sure to conduct bed bug inspections on a regular basis and check each of your bed bug traps. Treating for bed bugs can be challenging, don’t feel obligated to go at it alone. Reach out to our pest professionals here at Certified Pest Control of Naples. We’re here to help.