Warm weather is finally starting to show up! More people are out and about in Shrewsbury. People playing in the parks, going on bike rides, and spring cleaning garage sales. Garage sales are so much fun! You never know what you will find. Some people might even be selling old couches or bed frames. Before you buy those items, you might want to learn about bed bugs first. Shrewsbury bed bug control has key pieces to be aware of.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny insects that love to feed on the blood of birds and mammals. They are oval in shape and have flat bodies with small eyes and antennae. They are usually a rusty red color. When they feed on blood, their bodies will swell up and become bright red. Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye but they can be tough to see. They often hide in cracks and crevices and will come out when humans are sleeping.
Besides being small and creepy, bed bugs can cause some serious health problems. They are not known to spread diseases but can cause allergic reactions from their saliva in sensitive people. Their bites can leave significantly sized itchy welts on certain individuals. Surprisingly, some don’t react at all. Most of the dangers associated with bed bugs are related to mental health or secondary issues that arise with sores from welts. The good news is that Shrewsbury bed bug control does not have to be a long and drawn-out process.
Finding Bed Bugs
Bed bugs love to hide in or near beds but will set up shop wherever they can get a consistent blood meal. In some cases, this has been recliners in the sitting room. If you notice:
- Droppings that look like pepper flakes
- blood from crushed bed bugs in sheets or on walls
- cast skins
- small white oval eggs in seams of mattresses or tucked into cracks and crevices
then you are due for a thorough inspection to verify their presence one way or another. Shrewsbury bed bug control always should start with positive identification.
How Can I Take Care of Bed Bugs?
There are some preventative measures you can take to help stop bed bugs from coming into your home. Simple steps can include washing all clothing and bedding after returning from a trip (drying on high heat being the most important component of that). Inspecting all used sofas, or beds for signs of bedding. Once they get into the home it is hard to contain by yourself.
Bed bugs hate the cold. So their activity can change from season to season. Most bed bugs do not have a one-step, simple solution to their control. It is important to call a pest professional to take care of any bed bug hitchhikers.
How Much Follow Up Is Needed?
Whether you have not noticed bed bugs, recently started to notice signs of bed bugs, or have been dealing with them for some time, nothing stays the same for long in Shrewsbury. Bed bugs are primarily hitchhikers, so they can travel and spread in the most unusual ways. Regular inspection is important. As for treatment, a thorough treatment will require a 2-week follow-up to ensure things are where they should be.
Shrewsbury Bed Bug Control Specialists
Reach out to a Shrewsbury bed bug control expert to get your custom plan in place so you don’t have to worry about bed bugs interrupting your beauty sleep.
Before you buy the couch from a garage sale this spring, stop and think, “why are they selling such a nice couch at a garage sale”? Never rule out the possibility that an unwanted hitchhiker is lurking in there somewhere.