The Easiest Way To Keep Bed Bugs Out Of Your Chicago Bedroom

The Easiest Way To Keep Bed Bugs Out Of Your Chicago Bedroom

Bed bug problems continue to rise in the windy city. As more Chicago residents contact us for bed bug control, we see a rising need for tips on how to keep bed bugs out. Join us today as we look at how to identify bed bugs and why bed bug identification is often difficult. We'll also look at how bed bugs impact health and hopefully quell some of the fears you may have about these disturbing insects. 

We'll end by telling you two ways to get rid of bed bugs for good. The first will show how you can keep bed bugs from getting into your home. The second is how your Aerex Pest Control professional can work to keep your home free of bed bug infestations. If you need immediate assistance, remember that you can contact us at any time. 

You don't need to read an article about bed bug control to deal with a bed bug problem; Aerex Pest Control offers advanced and professional pest control in Chicago. We know what is needed to stop these bugs.

Bed Bugs Can Be Hard To Identify

It is likely that you know what bed bugs look like because these insects have appeared on the news many times. You know that they look like apple seeds. They are seed-shaped, reddish-brown insects with six legs. You also know that they feed on blood and may appear bloated and more reddish after feeding. What you may not know is that they are most often white. Really? Yes. Really.

The bed bugs you're most likely to see are immature nymphs. A bed bug emerges from its egg as a tiny white insect—not a reddish-brown insect. In this stage of development, bed bugs are hungry for their first meal and may take risks adult bed bugs won't take. You may look down at your arm and find a bed bug feeding on your skin while watching television. When you do, you may not realize it is a bed bug. It is only 1mm long and easily dispatched with a swipe of your hand.

Another issue to consider is that a tiny bed bug feeding on your skin may be red. The abdomen of a bed bug is the largest body part by far. If the abdomen is filled with blood, the bed bug will look red, instead of white, so you may mistake a tiny red-colored bed bug for something else, like a clover mite, which is completely harmless.

The first step in keeping bed bugs out of your home is to learn how to identify them and to keep watch for bed bugs when you are away from home. These are hitchhiking bugs. They get into your stuff and ride home with you. When you see them and properly detect them, you can take steps to stop them in their tracks. We'll cover more about this later.  

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How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home For Good

Now we get to the meat and potatoes of our subject. Is there a way to get rid of bed bugs in your home for good? Yes, and no. Let's begin by considering some of the challenges.

  • Do you currently have a bed bug infestation? If so, it is essential to get professional bed bug control in Chicago to arrest your infestation. If you don't, you may think you keep getting new bed bugs when you have actually never gotten rid of the old ones.
  • Do you live in an apartment? If so, bed bugs may have come into your home from an adjacent apartment. When this occurs, bed bug infestations persist even when appropriate measures are used to address bed bugs.
  • Do you have kids? When kids have sleepovers, they can bring bed bugs home with them. It is essential to teach your kids how to prevent bed bugs from doing this.
  • Do you like to buy slightly used clothing, furniture, and electronics? You can get bed bugs when you buy these items. Bed bugs or bed bug eggs can move from one location to another when these items are moved.
  • Do you have a family member in assisted living? Seniors tend to have a minor reaction to bed bug bites, and bed bugs can thrive in the rooms or housing units of seniors.

Once you evaluate the challenges, you need to consider what is needed to prevent and control bed bugs. How do you treat bed bugs? Your vacuum is your best tool. Keep it close at hand when you inspect tight spaces for bed bugs. When you see bed bugs, quickly suck them up. Combine this with preventative steps and you may get rid of bed bugs for good.

Here are our best suggestions:

  • Always inspect used items for black or brown stains. The black stains are fecal marks. The brown stains are dried blood.
  • Always inspect any room you stay in while away from home. Teach your kids to do this as well. Look for black and brown stains on bedding, linens, and furniture. Probe cracks and creases for shed skins, tiny white eggs, or the presence of bed bug nymphs.
  • Protect laundry items while away from home. Bed bugs are strongly attracted to items that have touched the skin. A trash bag and a bread tie can keep bed bugs out of your laundry.
  • Protect luggage and bags. Bed bugs can smell your stuff inside your bags. The scent draws them to your bags, and they get in through the tiniest of openings. You can protect your bags by storing them in plastic bags. You may also protect them by storing them high and using a luggage rack when opening bags.
  • Always wash your laundry in hot, soapy water and put it through a dryer cycle when you get home. Soap dries bed bugs out, and heat eliminates bed bugs in all stages of development.

These and other all-natural methods have a big impact on bed bugs. You can keep these disturbing bugs at bay if you're diligent. Unfortunately, life gets busy, and who really wants to deal with inspecting for bed bugs while away from home? The good news is that you don't have to think about bed bugs to deal with them.     

How Do I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In My Home Permanently?

A licensed pest control professional can not only address a bed bug infestation and apply appropriate products and methods to eliminate an infestation, but a professional can also provide ongoing bed bug prevention. While it is impossible to keep bed bugs out of your home with year-round pest control service, your professional can help you detect bed bugs early and prevent them from getting into your walls—which can cost more to address. Routine indoor bed bug inspections catch warning signs, and targeted control methods eliminate bed bugs before they start to spread. 

The reason this works is that bed bugs tend to stay huddled in one location when they first infest a home. If they aren't encouraged to spread, they will remain isolated and controllable. If you're in Chicago, reach out to Aerex Pest Control to discuss your options for ongoing bed bug inspections and targeted control. We have the answers to all your bed bug questions. 

We can't promise that you won't get bed bugs in your bedroom, but we can promise, if you do get them, you won't have them for long. 

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