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Help! I Think My Durham Home Has Bed Bugs

May 05, 2023 - Bed Bugs

Nobody wants to find a bug in their bed or wake up covered in bites. But bed bugs are so small that they’re hardly ever seen, making do-it-yourself (DIY) treatments nearly impossible. With The Eco Man Pest Solutions, you can easily get rid of bed bugs. Our Durham pest control is designed to keep your home and family safe from all kinds of pests. 

Is This A Bed Bug Bite?

Bed bug bites can look similar to other bug bites. They’re often small, itchy red welts. Bed bug bites do not typically hurt in the moment, so you won’t notice them until the next day. Bed bug bites often appear in small clusters or lines.

Bed bugs themselves can be hard to see. They’re only about a quarter of an inch long, so they’re visible to the naked eye, but you probably won’t notice them at first. Bed bugs are dark, reddish-brown in color. They’re usually flat, but they’ll swell up after feeding.

There are a few behaviors that can set bed bugs in Durham apart from other similar pests. Unlike ticks, bed bugs don’t latch on to feed. They’ll just bite and leave. Unlike fleas, bed bugs don’t have big legs that allow them to jump. Instead, they crawl around to find mammals to bite.

What Are The Signs Of Bed Bugs?

Besides seeing bed bugs and the bites, there are a few signs of bed bugs that you can watch for. These signs can be subtle, so it can take a sharp eye to find them. Bed bugs will lay small, whiteish eggs, likely in small cracks and crevices. You might be able to see molted skins, which will also be small. You may also find fecal spots and blood smears on furniture infested with bed bugs. Sometimes, bed bugs give off a musty odor that becomes noticeable. Bed bugs are tiny and like to hide, so you won’t always see them. That’s why it’s important to know other signs to watch for.

How Did Bed Bugs Get Into My Home?

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers, which allows them to travel from place to place. They’re most likely to get into your home on secondhand items or after you’ve been traveling.

To prevent bed bug infestations, take these precautions:

  • Inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs
  • Keep luggage and other items off of the floor and soft furniture in public spaces
  • Check secondhand items for signs of bed bugs
  • Wash and dry clothing on high heat after traveling
  • Vacuum out suitcases and other luggage

Public spaces, whether a hotel room, public transit, or a shared coatroom, can house bed bugs. Before settling into a hotel room, check for evidence of bed bugs—eggs, molted skins, and fecal staining. Even if you don’t see these signs, try to avoid placing your belongings on the carpet or soft furniture. The same goes for other shared spaces. Do your best to keep jackets and bags away from other people’s belongings so bed bugs can’t move from their items to yours.

When you buy something secondhand, whether it’s a sweater or a sofa, be sure to thoroughly inspect it for signs of bed bugs before you bring it home. Remember that these can be hard to spot, so look closely in all the nooks and crannies.

After you’ve been traveling, treat your clothing and luggage for bed bugs. Washing and drying clothes on high heat will kill any bugs that might be hiding. Vacuuming out your suitcases will get rid of any bed bugs that hitched a ride.

Bed bug infestations can be difficult to treat on your own. These bugs are tiny and like to stay out of sight, so you might only notice them once there are too many to manage. Your best option for getting rid of bed bugs is to call a professional pest control team.

How Do I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?

The Eco Man Pest Solutions is your best option for bed bug control in Durham. We use eco-friendly products that will kill bed bugs without putting your family at risk. Our bed bug treatment process begins with an inspection around your home to find where bed bugs might be hiding. We then offer multiple treatment options so we can find the best one for your home. We’ll follow up and re-treat your home two weeks later as needed. Keeping bugs out of your bed is easy with The Eco Man Pest Solutions. Reach out today for help with bed bugs and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Durham.

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