Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite The Effective Control Solution For Your Chicago Home
Bed bugs are frustrating pests. It is hard to keep them out of our homes and difficult to get control of them when they find their way inside. The main reason they're so difficult to deal with is that most Chicago residents don't know all that much about them. Today, we'll share with you exactly what you need to know so that you can detect bed bugs early, prevent them from hitching a ride into your home, and deal with them if these bugs get past your defenses. Consider this short article Bed Bug 101. It is everything you need to know to prevent them and how to get rid of bed bugs effectively when you uncover them in your home. If you want professional advice and an explanation of services available in Chicago, feel free to contact us directly.
We're available by phone, text, or email, and our friendly service technicians look forward to helping you. We offer advanced bed bug pest control in Chicago. We'll guide you toward an effective solution to your pest problem. With that said, let's look at the essential facts you need to know in order to stop bed bugs in their tracks.
Bed Bug Detection: How To Spot And Confirm An Infestation
It is essential to know how to tell bed bugs are hiding in the shadows. When away from home, it can alert you to the danger of bringing an infestation home with you. When you catch them in your home, you may avoid a lot of misery if you find them early. Knowing how to detect bed bugs can also help you confirm that you have bed bugs and not some other issue. It is not uncommon for Chicago residents to think they have bed bugs when they actually don't. The secret to detecting bed bugs is knowing where they like to hide. So, where do bed bugs hide? Here are the most common places bed bugs are found. When looking for bed bugs, remember to consider all stages of the life cycle and other visible signs. Look for adult bed bugs, nymphs, eggs, shed skins, black feces, and brown stains.
- In Your Bed: Use a flashlight and a butter knife to thoroughly check your bed. Look between the mattress and the box spring. Check under labels and around grommets. Drag a butter knife along the seams and check inside the cavity of your box spring. Look in every gap and recess of your bed frame.
- In Your Furniture: Bed bugs don't just hide in beds. They're also found in other furniture items, such as couches, upholstered chairs, pianos, and more. You'll need to probe these using a flashlight to find evidence of an infestation.
- In Electronics: Bed bugs also hide inside alarm clocks, computers, and other electronic devices. Any objects near a bed, couch, or chair can have bed bugs inside.
- In Your Bags: Bed bugs are often found and travel inside pocketbooks, bookbags, duffel bags, luggage, briefcases, and other objects used to carry things. If you find bed bugs in these places, you may stop an infestation before it starts.
- In The Structure Of Your Home: Bed bugs hide under carpet edges, behind baseboards, inside outlets, and other hiding places in the structure of a home. Once they get into these places, they're extremely hard to eradicate.
Bed bugs aren't like most other pests. They don't live in your yard, and they don't come into your home through cracks in your exterior walls. So, how do you get bed bugs in your house? There are a few ways. If you understand how bed bugs spread, you have a better chance of stopping them. Some of the ways bed bugs are spread into homes include the following:
- Work: Bed bugs are found in many work environments, even where you wouldn't expect them. All they need is a place to hide and an opportunity to transfer from one worker to another.
- School: Bed bugs are often carried to school by students. When items of multiple students are stored together, bed bugs can be transferred.
Travel: Bed bugs are often picked up at hotels, motels, and even 5-star resorts. But you can also get bed bugs from many public spaces you wouldn't expect, like a seat in a movie theater.
- Used Items: Bed bugs get into furniture and electronics. If you buy a used item, you could pick up bed bugs by accident.
- Homes: The most common way bed bugs spread is from home to home. They can do this by hitchhiking or going through walls from apartment to apartment.
Now you know how you can get bed bugs, what can you do to stop them? There are a few methods that can help you keep bed bugs out.
Share these with your family and friends to increase your protection (and theirs).
- Do a quick inspection when staying overnight away from home. Look for black feces, brown stains, white eggs, shed skins, bed bug nymphs, and adult bed bugs.
- Keep your luggage in your vehicle or in the bathroom during your bed bug inspection.
- Store luggage off the floor and use a luggage rack instead of the bed when opening your bags.
- Consider putting your bags in sealed plastic bags or spray the exterior with a lavender scent to mask the scent of the items inside and keep bed bugs away.
- Store laundry items in a sealed bag.
- Wash and dry all clothing upon returning home. Soapy water dehydrates bed bugs and erodes their exoskeletons. Hot temperatures eradicate bed bugs and their eggs.
- At school or work, avoid storing your items near those of others to prevent bed bugs from transferring to your belongings. Often, people don't know they have bed bugs before they have spread them to others by accident.
- Always check used items before bringing them into your home.
- Keep track of what is happening in your apartment building. For example, watch for telltale signs of bed bug bites on neighbors. And remember, these pests don't target dirty people or dirty homes; they spread passively to wherever they can find people to bite. Together, you and your neighbors can work to prevent these pests from spreading.
If bed bugs find a way past your defenses, it is essential to know what to expect from them inside your home. While every bed bug infestation is somewhat different, there are a few ways they're all the same. Let's take a look at what bed bugs do inside your home.
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