What to Do When You Realize That You Have Bed Bugs
Bed bugs in your home
Most people are disgusted by bed bugs and for good reason: we are their food! More precisely, bed bugs suck on human blood in the middle of the night as their victims sleep. The thought of that alone can make people cringe, so once people realize that they are sleeping with bed bugs, sleeping becomes almost impossible since they know that bed bugs will probably keep right on biting them and sucking on their blood. If you find out that bed bugs have infested your home, you and your loved ones are going to lose a lot of sleep over it, so you have to get rid of them as soon as possible. Be sure to hire professionals to get rid of the bed bugs because trying to do it alone is probably not going to work since bed bugs, despite their name, are not just on and in your bad but in other parts of your house where they can hide safely until they need to attack.
Some things that you can do to avoid bed bugs
Some people believe that bed bugs are a sign of uncleanliness because filth will attract pests such as bed bugs, but that is very far from the truth. Bed bugs feed on blood and, as a result, are attracted to humans and other animals to a lesser extent. Bed bugs are known to be hitchhikers. Most of the time, when they infest a home, they get there by hitching a ride there from someplace such as a hotel, motel, hostel, or even a relative’s home. Bed bugs are tiny and have remarkably flat bodies, allowing them to hide in luggage, clothes, and other items very easily.
One of the things that you can do to avoid bed bugs hitching a ride to your home and posing a threat to you, your loved ones, and even your pets is to check thoroughly for bed bugs everywhere that you stay when away from home. Although bed bugs do not just hide in beds, you should check the bed and areas around it the most. Also, check your luggage and clothes before leaving. Once you are home, you might want to leave your luggage in the car or in a corner of the garage for a while just to make sure.
Washing the clothes you took with you while away is a good idea too, the sooner the better. Of course, this is not the only way that bed bugs travel from one place to another, they also hide in furniture, so before you jump on a great deal on used furniture at a garage sale or somewhere else, make sure that you visually inspect every inch of that furniture because you might be giving bed bugs a free ride into your home and, if that happens, you are going to need professionals such as A1 Bed Bug Exterminator to eradicate the bed bugs effectively. Keep in mind that despite your best efforts, bed bugs might still make it into your home because they can get in when anyone visits you and that does not just mean strangers but friends and family members too.
How dangerous are bed bugs?
Getting bitten by bed bugs is not going to kill you, especially since they are not known to transmit any diseases to humans, but there are health concerns when it comes to bed bug bites. For one thing, bed bug bites produce, red welts that get very itchy and can last weeks, so the people who suffer these tend to scratch at them constantly and that can break off the skin and become infected. If a person gets an infection in this way, he or she just might require medical attention. Another concern about bed bugs has to do with allergic reactions. Some people have been known to develop an allergic reaction to bed bug bites even as bad as anaphylaxis which can produce an itchy rash, throat or tongue swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, and can lead to death. Obviously, getting rid of bed bugs has to be a top priority for you if they have infested your home.
Make sure that the professional pest control company that you hire has extensive experience with bed bugs because that makes a huge difference when it comes to getting the results that you want to keep your loved ones safe.