Bed bugs are the kind of pest that can take you by surprise. They seem to appear randomly out of the blue. By the time you realize they’re inside your property, you may already have an infestation. Being about the size of an apple seed, it’s easy to miss them creeping around. However, they’re not invisible. These insects leave striking evidence of their presence. Though they don’t transmit disease or create structural damage, they can make things unclean and uncomfortable. Just the fact that they are sharing your San Tan Valley bedroom is enough reason to want them gone.
Early detection is crucial in eliminating a bed bug problem, so it’s important to know the signs of their activity. Learn what these are and why the services of Ozone Pest Control are the best way to handle a bed bug problem.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like? What Are The Signs Of An Infestation?
At their largest, bed bugs are ¼ of an inch long. Their reddish-brown bodies have three segments, with six legs. They have round heads with two antennae, and a midsection that’s an odd shape. Their big bottoms are globular. Bed bug young are translucent, while the eggs they hatch from are white.
Bed bugs have likely taken over your home or business if you see the following:
- Black or brown stains
- Blood spots
- Red-brown blotches
- Red, itchy bites on your body that are grouped together
These marks will likely be found under sheets and linens and on surfaces. The stains are a fecal matter which will sometimes have a powdery appearance. Bite patches may resemble a rash; this is often the first visual indication of bed bugs.
Bed bugs nibble on humans because they need blood to survive. They gravitate to public places to find hosts for feeding. They’ll slip into the personal bags and clothes of people in locations like hotels, schools, and bus stations. You can carry them with you without realizing it. Your mattress isn’t the only thing they’ll nest in either. Fabrics, upholstery, and couches are just as fitting to them. Electronics and appliances provide warmth they prefer. Even the underside of wallpaper and flooring can be riddled with bed bugs.
How Are Bed Bugs Prevented?
To catch bed bugs in action, you’ll have to keep an eye out. Routinely scanning your belongings may feel tedious and redundant, but it’s necessary. Here’s what you should do:
- Regularly take a look at your mattress seams, head and footboards, and box springs. Use a flashlight, and go under beds too.
- Sift through drawers and piles of clothing.
- Check your bags, electronics, furniture, and fixtures.
- Examine hotel rooms when you enter them. Alert maintenance if you see bed bugs, and move to another space far away.
- Buy a protective cover or plastic bag for your luggage to sit in while you’re traveling.
- Inspect your luggage and clothes when you’ve returned from a trip. Also, wash your clothes in hot water and dry them for at least 20 minutes on high.
- Really look over second-hand items before purchasing them.
What Can Ozone Pest Control Do About Bed Bugs?
To totally eliminate bed bugs with DIY methods, San Tan Valley residents will have to find and remove each insect. If that sounds like an impossible task, that’s because it is. Additionally, commercial pesticides barely have an effect on these bloodsuckers.
Ozone Pest Control has high-end equipment developed for complete bed bug extermination. Don’t worry, it won’t compromise your health or safety. It will only be hard on the critters. We’ve helped countless home and business owners over the last 23 years, and you can be next. We’ll take good care of you. Call today!