They may be the last thing you really want to think about before drifting off to dreamland, but bed bug infestations are a nightmare turned reality. If you believe or have been notified that you have been exposed to bed bugs, there are a few general steps you’ll need to know right from the start. This gives you the best chance to be prepared to tackle an infestation.
Taking immediate action is important. The sooner you begin treatment, the quicker you will be able to get rid of them. It may take some time to be 100% sure that they are all gone, but the peace of mind will be worth it.
Here are our top 5 quick facts you need to know about bed bugs:
Signs and Symptoms - Knowing the signs and symptoms to look for helps determine whether you truly do have an infestation. Some individuals don’t have a reaction to bed bug bites at all, while most will show red, itchy, irritated bumps. Experiencing these symptoms alone doesn’t necessarily mean you have bed bugs, so it’s important to look for signs of an infestation by examining the seams of your mattress and crevices of your box spring to locate a potential infestation.
Locate - Learning where to look for bed bugs is a major step. They don’t actually live on the surface of your bed. They generally prefer tight, dark, and hidden spaces. So you will need to strip the covers and sheets from your bed and begin to inspect it on the seams of your mattress, the head and footboards, box spring, and framing underneath. If you see brown or black spots, this may be bed bug feces. If you locate any bugs, you will need to identify them to make sure they are bed bugs so that you can continue on to using treatments.
Identify - Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, flat, wingless, and have six legs. If they have recently fed - they will be a reddish-brown color.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs - A treatment like Bed Bug Patrol kills bed bugs on contact, generally within 30 mins to 24 hrs of contact. Be sure to completely strip your bed and clear all the furniture where you have discovered the bed bugs before using the treatment. For more in-depth information and a step by step how to, access our free in-depth guide.
How to prevent them from coming back - Follow through with your treatments at home, as directed. Bed bugs are incredibly adept at hiding. Even if you believe you got them all in one treatment, follow up with a second treatment in 1-2 weeks to make sure any stragglers have been treated. Always keep informed about potential infestations of bed bugs when traveling. Be sure to thoroughly check your hotel room before bringing your luggage inside (you can also safely place it in the shower or tub while you search). You can never be too thorough when it comes to checking your belongings for any hitchhiking bugs.
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