Seattle Bed Bug Exterminator
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite” may have been a phrase you heard as a child as you were getting tucked in to bed. Chances are, if you were a child who grew up sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s that phrase was just a cute little saying that you didn’t associate with something real.
But bed bugs are real, and they began making a large resurgence in the Unites States starting in the 1990s and continue to surge upward in the present day. There are various theories for this resurgence which will not be discussed here.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood while you are sleeping, so you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
What Causes Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are “hitchhiking” insects, so they usually enter your home by “hitching a ride” on some object. This can occur through a variety of ways. A few of the more common ways are:
- When you bring an item (such as your luggage) back into your home from a hotel stay or a stay at friends or relatives.
- Introduction into your home from family or friends via their luggage.
- When purchasing furniture, especially second-hand furniture.
A single female has the potential to lay up to seven eggs every day, so a small population can quickly turn into a large infestation.
What Are the Signs of Bed Bugs?
You may not notice you have bed bugs right away. One of the first signs is bumps on your skin where you have been bitten. In addition to bumps or welts on your skin, the following signs could mean you have a bed bug infestation:
- Visible bed bugs.
- Tiny red blood stains on your mattress.
- Small “cast-skins” left behind by molting bed bugs.
- Tiny eggs (very difficult to see, except when in clumps).
What Happens If You Have a Bed Bug Infestation?
A bed bug infestation is more annoying than dangerous since they (thankfully) do not transmit diseases. No one, however, wants bugs crawling and feeding on them while they’re sleeping. You can reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs into your home after travelling by immediately segregating luggage away from living areas (such as in the garage) and immediately washing all clothes, whether dirty or not.
Why Should You Choose Us To Eliminate Bed Bugs?
Most over-the-counter or homeowner remedies are ineffective (and sometimes even dangerous). If you suspect you have an infestation, it is best to call Whitworth Pest Solutions. Our technicians are experts at identifying a bed bug problem, and we offer professional treatments to get the job done right. Contact us today to have your home inspected and treated by the experts at Whitworth Pest Solutions.