Does the phrase “good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite” bear a literal meaning in your household? If so, you may need a bit of help getting rid of these creepy creatures.
Although bed bugs were almost eradicated a while back, they keep getting reintroduced due to frequent travel and other factors. Contrary to the popular belief, you can’t get infected by bed bugs. That said, bed bugs are a nuisance and their bites may cause a variety of skin reactions from red, itchy welts to inflammation and severe allergic responses. Besides the discomfort caused by the bites, the thought of something feeding on you in your sleep makes it difficult to rest at night.
They’re annoying, female bed bugs can lay 1-5 eggs per day! —so immediate action is necessary to eliminate the problem.
If you think you have beg bugs infesting your Maryland home, contact the bug experts at Brody Brothers Pest Control. We offer a successful approach to pest extermination and can rid your home of bed bugs as soon as possible!
As a Home Protection Plan customer, if you’re not satisfied with our pest control service, we will service your home at no additional cost until your issue is solved or receive your money back from your last scheduled service.
Bed bugs are small flat insects, reddish-brown in color, that can infest your home and cause annoyances like bug bites, rashes, and other health-related issues. Light infestations of bed bugs can be difficult to detect; most people don’t realize they have bed bugs until the population is about 100 or more.
Two of the most common signs that you have bed bugs are:
- Bites. About 30% percent of people don’t have any reaction to the bites and don’t feel them at all. If you are one of the 70%, you may notice several inflamed bumps, often in a row, appear overnight. They are similar to mosquito bites, but if you are getting bitten consistently it’s likely bed bugs.
- Speckling of live bugs. Look at the seams of the mattress for tiny bugs that may look like black pepper glued to the surface. Don’t try to remove the bugs yourself—call in the professionals!
If you’re wondering how they get into your home, the answer is simple: you bring them in. Bed bugs, as the name suggests, primarily make their home in beds or wherever people sleep. They live in sheets, mattresses, baseboards, and furniture. Bed bugs are primarily nocturnal but can also be active during the day, travelling as far as 20-feet from their hiding spots.
Due to their small size, fast movement, and nocturnal lifestyle, bed bugs can easily crawl into your luggage when you travel or ride along on your friend’s PJs when they come for a sleepover.
Here are some of the common places where you can pick up bed bugs:
- Hotel and hostels
- College dorms
- Public transportation
- Movie theaters
- Retail store dressing rooms
- Nursing homes and hospitals
- Used furniture stores
- And more!