What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are oval-shaped insects with flat, brownish bodies. They are about 1/4 an inch long and appear swollen and redder after consuming blood. These pests are external parasites, but they don't live on a host like fleas, for example.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Surprisingly, bed bugs are not considered dangerous. Unlike other parasites, bed bugs don't spread diseases. However, excessive scratching of bites can lead to secondary infection, and some people may experience an allergic reaction to this pest.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
The truth about bed bugs is that they can happen to anyone, even homes kept sparkling clean. Bed bugs usually infest through hitchhiking from one place to another. Public places such as schools, offices, theaters, restaurants, travel hubs, and hotels are some of the most common places bed bugs are picked up. However, they can also be on secondhand items.
Where will I find bed bugs?
A bed bug problem can be difficult to identify right away because these pests are nocturnal and hide in tiny cracks and crevices during the day, only coming out at night to feed. Because of this, bed bugs prefer to be near sleeping areas, but they can spread throughout the entire home.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs on your own is nearly impossible. These pests are stubborn and will continue reinfesting if not properly treated the first time. Because of this, you should contact us at Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions for assistance.
We offer a free inspection to look for signs of these pests. Once we confirm you have a bed bug problem, we will guide you through the bed bug control process, including prep work and removing people and pets from home, allowing us to safely and effectively treat bed bugs.
To best eliminate bed bugs, we recommend whole-house treatments but can service single rooms depending on the severity of the infestation.
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
There are several things you can do to help get rid of a bed bug infestation in your home:
- Refrain from bringing secondhand items into your home. If you need to use these items, inspect and clean them thoroughly.
- Utilize protective covers on all mattresses and bed frames to reduce the spread if an infestation does happen.
- When in a public place, don't put bags, coats, or other belongings on the floor. Always look over your hotel or motel room before your stay for signs of bed bugs before bringing in your luggage.
- Inspect your belongings before bringing them inside, including your kids' backpacks after school.
If you see signs of bed bugs in your home, call us at Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions right away!