Des Moines Bed Bug Detection

Sweet Dreams and Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite...But What if They Do?

February 17, 2014

Bed bugs are not a serious medical threat, but they are seriously annoying. You might not be worried about bed bugs in your own home, but there is a resurgence of bed bug infestations around several major cities in the U.S. Because bed bugs reside in every state and can be found in any city or town, big or small, if you, or someone who lives in your home, travel often, then it's a good idea for you to know some tips to help you get rid of them in the case of an infestation.

Despite your best efforts to have sweet dreams and not let the bed bugs bite, it can happen. Bed bug bites are not known for transmitting diseases and are painless, which is why you won't wake up from being bitten while you sleep. However, the signs are black and white and red all over with blood stains, droppings and eggs.

Here are some steps to take if you do have a bed bug infestation:

  • Wash all items with signs of bed bugs including bedding, linens, curtains and clothing in hot water and dry them at the highest dryer setting.

  • Vacuum carpets, floors, bed frames, furniture, cracks and crevices frequently. Dispose the vacuum cleaner bag immediately after each use.

  • Dirty living conditions do not attract bed bugs, but eliminating clutter can help you control them. Remove clutter from the surrounding area to eliminate available hiding spaces. Consider storing items away from your bed until the bed bugs are removed.

  • Apply caulk to seal cracks and remove peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bed bugs can hide. 

  • If you deal with the furniture or bedding at the first sign of bed bugs, then cleaning the infested area is usually adequate, and it is not necessary to discard any items.

  • Pesticide bombs and foggers can aggravate the situation. If it grows into a problem that is bigger than cleaning and washing, then hire a pest control professional.

Easy to attract, hard to find and difficult to get rid of--bed bugs are truly pests. If you are unfortunate enough to bring home a female bed bug that is pregnant, she can lay up to five eggs in one day and 500 in a lifetime with eggs hatching in one to two weeks. With such high volumes of average number of eggs laid, a bed bug infestation can easily become overwhelming.

Request a Bed Bug Removal

Preferred Pest Control provides the best possible solutions with the advanced treatment of Thermal Remediation by Temp-Air for effective bed bug elimination. As a leader in the industry, Preferred Pest Control is the trusted provider for pest control solutions.

If you need assistance with exterminating a bed bug infestation or any other pest problem, contact us today to schedule an appointment or to request emergency same-day service. Your home should be a place of comfort. Let us take care of any pests at your home, so you can have peace at home.