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.
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