The thought of an insect crawling on you while you sleep makes most people squirm. As unsettling as the thought is, the reality becomes worse if you discover the bug crawling on you is a bed bug. A discovery of that nature quickly leads to wondering how to prevent bed bugs.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Less than ¼” long, adult bed bugs are flat, wingless, oval-shaped insects which are brown in color. Younger bed bugs are lighter in color and tinier. The eggs that bed bugs lay are minute and white in color. It is important to know how bed bugs live and eat to properly eradicate them. Bed bugs at all phases of development need a blood meal to advance to the next stage. Their favorite meal source is a sleeping human or animal. A single feeding can supply life to a bed bug for up to an entire year.
How Do Bed Bugs Spread?
Bed bug mobility is accomplished by attaching to, and catching a ride on, clothing, bedding, furniture, and luggage. They expand their territory by letting you take them there!
Bed Bug Bites
While not known carriers of any diseases, bites do cause allergic reactions such as redness, swelling, and itching in some people. Infection and scarring can arise as a result of scratching the bite. Since the majority of people do not react to bed bug bites, the colony of bed bugs living in your mattress grows unchecked for a long period of time. The bigger the infestation, the harder it is to treat all the areas where they have spread.
Bed Bug Bombs and Other Ineffective Treatments
It is common for homeowners to try a DIY approach. If you want to bomb out in your attack on bed bugs, use a bed bug bomb! Bed bug bombs are often tried first with the erroneous belief that the fog will penetrate all areas to kill the bed bugs. In actuality, it cannot reach the cracks and crevices where the bugs and eggs are hidden. Other ineffective treatments include boric acid, household bug sprays, Lysol-type products, household chemicals and bleach.
Holper’s Expertise With Bed Bug Services
Your advantage in using Holper’s begins with the inspection process. The extent to which the infestation has spread will determine the treatment plan your technician creates for you, as all infestations are unique. The infestation size will also determine how long it will take to eradicate the bed bugs. As St. Louis leaders in bed bug control, Holper’s has found heat to be an unnecessary (and often unsuccessful) step in the treatment process, potentially saving homeowners thousands of dollars. Using integrated pest management (IPM) Holper’s utilizes the most up-to-date technologies and materials available to pest management professionals to eradicate your infestation without the disruption of a heat treatment.
Holper’s is nearing the launch of its Bed Bug Protection Plus service. Holper’s is so confident of the effectiveness of the technology and materials used in this treatment plan that they will be guaranteeing you will never get bed bugs or they will treat your home for free!
Preventing Future Infestations
The quest for how to prevent bed bugs is difficult because of their tiny size, night feeding, and ability to hitchhike. Finding bed bugs early is the key to preventing their spread. Here are a few ways you can lessen the likelihood of infestation or re-infestation:
- Watch carefully for signs of bed bugs: waking up with bites; seeing live bugs; or finding dark red or black spots on bedding, carpets, walls, and furniture.
- Paint and/or caulk near sleeping areas – such as along baseboards, windows and bed frames – to seal hiding spots.
- Closely inspect used furniture before bringing it into your home. Look for signs of infestations in cushions, zippers, seams, and underneath (including springs and frames). If possible, use a magnifying glass. Beware of items left in alleys and dumpsters!
- Thoroughly inspect your surroundings when staying in an unfamiliar place. Bed bugs can hitch a ride home on your clothing or luggage.
Most importantly, Holper’s bed bug treatments applied on a regular schedule greatly lessen your possibility of infestation. Holper’s will take care of you every step of the way until you are free of bed bugs. So put down that bed bug bomb and call 314-732-1413 because Holper’s knows how to prevent bed bugs.