Bed bugs are some of the hardest infestations of pests to deal with. If you are faced with bed bugs invading your Raleigh property, there are steps you can take to eliminate them. Knowing how to identify bed bugs, the risks they pose, and where to turn for help is important.
How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation
Bedbugs are incredibly hard to see (since they stay hidden) which means you’ll have to use other methods to determine if you have an infestation.
Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases.
Brown spots on pillows, sheets, or walls around your bed. This is a bed bug excrement.
Pungent unpleasant odor coming from bed sheets and pillows.
Eggshells or shed skins.
Itchy red bites in lines or clusters on your body
Risks Brought By Bed Bugs
Bed bugs cannot spread diseases, but they can still cause major damage to your well-being. When bed bugs bite, they leave red welts on your body. These are incredibly itchy and it can be hard to resist scratching them. Excessive scratching can cause infections, some of which are very dangerous. Bites also can cause lack of sleep which severely affects someone's energy at work or school. Since they feed off our blood, they can also cause blood-related conditions, such as anemia.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
It is almost impossible to fully get rid of a bed bug infestation without professional help, but here are some ways to try and get rid of bed bugs.
- Wash sheets, pillows, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest heat dryer setting. Place items that can't be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
- Scrub mattress seams of hard-to-remove excrement before fully cleaning.
- Repair cracks in walls and glue peeling wallpaper down to get rid of bed bug hiding spots.
- Get rid of clutter around the bed
Get Professional Help for Bed Bugs
If bed bugs have invaded the home, you can't get rid of them by yourself. Contact the professionals at Pest & Termite Consultants. At Pest & Termite Consultants we have an incredibly high success rate for eliminating unwanted bugs. We do thousands of bed bug treatments per year. Our Sleep Well Advantage Guarantee offers nine months of bed bug coverage from the date of your initial treatment. If you really want to sleep tight and stop the bed bugs from biting in your Raleigh home, call us at Pest & Termite Consultants today.