When you stay in a hotel, sit on the bus, or stay at a friend’s home, you probably don’t like to think about the potential for bed bugs that comes with being there. Unfortunately, bed bugs are easy to catch and even easier to spread to your Jacksonville home. This makes learning about bed bugs and taking precautions a necessary step in keeping your home safe.
A Little History Lesson
Bed bugs may be small, but they have been a big problem for centuries. If you have a bed bug infestation, it may be a consolation to know that even the ancient Egyptians shared your problem. That’s right: Bed bugs have been around for more than 3,300 years. Since then, these bloodsucking pests have been plaguing the people of earth and making hotel stays extra nerve-wracking.
Give Me a Sign
The signs of a bed bug infestation are obvious, as long as you know where to look. Cracks and crevices in mattresses, headboards, and box springs should be regularly checked for bed bugs and their waste. Bed bug waste is reddish brown, and can be found wherever you sleep, as well as on walls and upholstery nearby. Bed bugs may also leave behind their molted skins, egg shells, or the eggs themselves. If an infestation is particularly severe, a musty, sweet smell may even be found.
Bed bugs leave behind another sign: bites. While bed bug bites are not painful, many people tend to develop an itchy allergic reaction to the numbing saliva they inject when they feed. Unfortunately, not everyone can identify a bite correctly, nor does everyone develop a reaction to bed bug bites. If you notice red, itchy, welt-like bites on your arms or legs, be sure to check for a bed bug infestation.
Keeping Bed Bugs at Bay
The best way to keep a bed bug problem at bay is consistent inspection of your sleeping area. Taking precautions such as inspecting and washing clothes after trips can also significantly reduce your risk of bed bugs. Knowing the signs of bed bugs can prepare you for bed bug extermination in your Jacksonville home.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Bed Bug Extermination
Bed bug extermination in Jacksonville is easy and effective with Lindsey Pest Services. Our team begins by constructing a chamber heated high enough to kill any existing bed bugs, and placing potentially affected furniture inside. Any furniture than cannot fit (including the bed frame) is heated with steam in areas where bed bugs commonly hide: cracks, crevices, and edges. Monitors are then placed on the legs of furniture to track any remaining movement for future bed bug extermination. Finally, all bed bugs are removed from the mattress and box springs and the mattress is then sealed. These steps have been proven to effectively treat a bed bug infestation in your Jacksonville home.
If you see signs of a bed bug infestation, contact Lindsey Pest Control Services immediately to being the bed bug extermination process.