It is a common misconception that all pests like their environment to be dirty. It is true that many pests such as cockroaches and dung beetles prefer living in areas of decaying matter, death, and general filth, but not all pests require these conditions to be content. All bed bugs need to be happy is a place to hide and humans nearby so they can get a blood meal. Give bed bugs these two things and it doesn’t matter if your San Antonio home is spotless or a pig-sty, bed bugs will feel right at home.
How To Identify A Bed Bug Infestation
Because bed bugs are generally nocturnal pests that are great at staying out of sight during the day, spotting them can be difficult. The signs they leave behind, on the other hand, are easier to spot. If your San Antonio home has an active bed bug infestation, chances are you will see some of the below signs.
- Spots of dried blood on mattress covers.
- Dots of reddish-black fecal matter in the cracks of your mattress.
- Bites on your skin in a straight line of zig-zag pattern.
- (Rare) Live oval-shaped, reddish-brown, bed bugs crawling around sleeping areas.
Are bed bugs a hygiene issue?
Bed bugs are not necessarily a hygiene issue. They can come into your home on practically anyone or anything. Once inside, they can spread like wildfire, moving from room to room, until everyone in your home is being bitten at night. This usually happens under the radar and only is found out as the infestation grows and becomes more severe. Many people don’t even react to bed bug bites at all. If you are this way, you may find it even more difficult to find bed bugs in your home if they are lurking about.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs are an interesting pest when it comes to danger. For a long time, bed bugs were believed to be harmless pests, only causing problems as infestations became severe. Some recorded issues include insomnia, anemia, infection due to scratching bites, and severe stress. Recent studies, however, are showing that bed bugs may be able to spread Chagas disease. At this point, scientists are still studying these complicated bloodsucking pests to see if they pose any more health risks.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are nearly impossible to eliminate without the proper tools and experience. Here at Family Pest Control, we use methods for dealing with bed bugs that have proven time and time again to be extremely effective. If you suspect your home might have a bed bug problem, give us a call today. We would be happy to send one of our service professionals your way to thoroughly inspect your home. If bed bugs are found, they will walk you through your options for treatment and help you find the one that best suits your needs.