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How Can Homeowners Identify Bed Bugs?

There are common signs indicating the presence of bed bugs in a home. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends homeowners routinely examine sheets and mattresses for reddish stains, dark spots, and eggs. Of course, if live bed bugs are spotted, it’s important to take steps immediately to eliminate the pests. Bed bugs are oval and relatively flat. Quality pictures are available online, allowing homeowners to easily identify the pests.

While a variety of insects create issues for San Antonio, Texas homeowners, bed bugs are one of the more difficult ones to eradicate. For years, bed bugs were virtually non-existent in the United States as commonly-employed insecticides were highly effective at eliminating them. Modern regulations controlling the use of those pesticides resulted in a resurgence of the bugs, and they are now once again routinely seen in Texas. Today, it’s all too common for homeowners to become hosts and experience uncomfortable bites while they’re sleeping.

Do Bed Bugs Live in Places Other Than Beds?
Unfortunately, bed bugs can live in a variety of places as long as there are hosts nearby to feed on. They prefer dark areas like cracks, which is why bedding provides a great place to hide between feedings. Bed bugs can also easily live in many other places, especially with larger infestations. Look in drawers, boxes of stored items, suitcases, closets, and any other area that’s dark most of the time. Even laptop computers are frequent hiding spots. If those tell-tale reddish stains are visible, bed bugs are likely present.
Can Homeowners Eradicate Bed Bugs Without Professional Help?
While the short answer is yes, there are significant disadvantages to homeowners taking on the task themselves. First, the professionals are better trained at ferreting out the many possible sites where bed bugs can hide. Next, homeowners may be able to purchase insecticides at local stores that are somewhat effective, but they may not be the best products to meet a home’s specific challenges. Professionals know which insecticide options provide the best results to meet each client’s unique needs. Chemicals that might be effective in eliminating adult bed bugs generally don’t provide protection from new bed bug eggs.
Safety is Always an Issue
Pesticides commonly sold over the counter often present health threats to a home’s occupants or their pets. At Beeline Pest Control, our team is well-versed in the use of all available pesticides, ensuring residents and pets are protected from potential health issues related to their use. While it’s easy to assume nothing unfortunate will happen when directions on a can are followed, that’s not always the case. Homeowners always need to be extremely careful with the use of any chemicals in a home, as there are always risks involved with their use. The safety of our clients is always our first priority, and we’ll carefully evaluate each situation before making treatment recommendations.

Questions that People Most Frequently Ask Us

Take a look at some of the typical questions that pop up in the minds of our clients

How long do bed bugs live?

Adult bed bugs can live for up to 18 months without feeding. This means that they can survive even if you think you’ve gotten rid of them.

Should I throw out my mattress if I have bed bugs?

No. You don’t need to throw out your mattress if you have bed bugs. A pest control professional will be able to treat your mattress and get rid of the infestation.

Where do bed bugs live?

Bed bugs can live anywhere in your home, but they’re most often found in beds, sofas, and chairs. They can also be found in cracks and crevices in walls or floors. If you think you have bed bugs, it’s important to inspect your entire home for signs of an infestation.

Are bed bugs hard to get rid of?

Yes. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of because they’re experts at hiding. They can also live for several months without feeding, so they can survive even if you think you’ve gotten rid of them. If you think you have bed bugs, it’s best to call a pest control professional.

What are bed bugs attracted to?

Bed bugs are most attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide. They often congregate near where people sleep so they can have easy access to food.

Do you get bed bugs because your home/office is dirty?

No. Bed bugs are not attracted to dirt or grime and can be found in both clean and messy homes. They’re attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide, so they often congregate near where people sleep.

How do I know if I’ve been bitten by bed bugs?

Bed bug bites usually appear as small, red bumps on the skin. They’re often found in a line or cluster, and they can be itchy and painful. If you think you’ve been bitten by bed bugs, it’s important to inspect your bedding for other signs of bed bugs.

What do bed bugs look like?

Adult bed bugs are small, brown, and flat. They’re about the size of an apple seed, and they can vary in color from light brown to almost black. Bed bug nymphs (juveniles) are smaller than adults and are typically white or pale in color.

How do I know if I have a bed bug infestation?

One of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation is finding small red bites on your skin. If you notice bites on your skin, it’s important to inspect your bedding for other signs of bed bugs. Another sign of an infestation is finding small, dark spots on your sheets or mattress. These spots are bedbug feces, and they’re a good indicator that there are bedbugs present.