“Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” The refrain is all too common from grandmas from the boomer generation. They all dealt with bed bugs on a regular basis and were keenly aware of their impact on a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, bed bugs did not stay a weird piece of grand-folk talk. Bed bugs are alive and thriving in Novi.

Do Bed Bugs Bite?

Technically, bed bugs do not bite, but technicalities are no consolation for red, itchy bumps. Bed bugs are parasites. They are blood feeders. Bed bugs cannot settle for a bread crumb or key lime pie. They only consume blood. Bed Bugs have a set of mouthparts that are specially adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Similar to a mosquito, they inject an anticoagulant to aid in feeding.

Identifying bites

The anticoagulant can cause reactions in some people, but not in all. Everyone has the potential to react differently to bed bug feedings. Because of this, it is nearly impossible to look at a skin reaction and know for certain it was caused by a bed bug. If there are bites, they will often times by itchy, red, swollen, and sometimes in a straight line. Some people even react quicker than others. Those with delayed reactions can make the timeliness of identification (helping locate the source) more complex.

Finding Bed Bugs in Novi dwellings

If you suspect bed bugs, the best thing to do is inspect. Bed bugs are small, but they are not invisible. Adults are brown to reddish in color and are about the size (and similar shape) as a watermelon seed. They like to hide well, but they are efficient creatures and tend to stay relatively close to where people sleep. When inspecting for bed bugs keep an eye out for:

  • Adults
  • Nymphs
  • Eggs
  • Fecal spots (small black flecks resembling pepper flakes)
  • Blood streaks, spots, stains

Keep in mind that they may be on the mattress, in the box springs, in the bed frame, behind headboards and picture frames, etc. Look high and low. Oftentimes we see fecal staining in the corners of the ceilings where they are squeezing through to their wall void hideout.

Stopping bed bugs from hitchhiking to Novi

Anytime you are traveling, it is wise to inspect your temporary habitation prior to setting your stuff inside and going to sleep. In fact, it can be beneficial to minimize the amount of personal property brought in to a hotel or motel room. Bed bugs love to squeeze into zipper seams, shoe tread, or any other place they can hide to find a new place to feed. Catching bed bugs before you get home, can keep that many more bed bugs out of Novi.

Getting bed bugs out of Novi

Once bed bugs have been identified, the next step is getting rid of them. There are many methods for treating bed bugs including:

  • Heat
  • Freezing
  • Chemical
  • Bed bug proof encasements
  • Traps

Bed bugs are quite resilient, so it is important to use a combination of methods to ensure once the control process is started, complete control is achieved.

Local experts in Novi

Bed bugs can be difficult and often tempt people to do odd things to get rid of them. Sometimes these include dangerous approaches that expose adults or children to chemicals they shouldn’t ever interact with. In other situations, people have burnt down entire homes or apartment buildings. Rove Pest Control has bed bug experts ready to help you along the way. From doing the first inspection to confirm the presence of killing off the last one, detroitpestcontrol.co has the solutions and guidance you need.