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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs in Salem County are parasitic insects; however, they don’t live on a host as other parasites do. Instead, they are nocturnal, coming out of hiding at night to take a blood meal. 

If it didn’t move, you might think a bed bug is an apple seed because they are about the same size, shape, and color.

bed bug up close on a blue mattress

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs will cause you more stress and sleepless nights than any other pest infestation, but they won’t make you sick. This pest is not known to spread diseases. However, if bitten, you might experience a rash or, in some cases, an allergic reaction. Excessive scratching of bites can also lead to an infection.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are a global problem. They spread quickly through communities because they hitchhike their way into homes from public places. If you have a bed bug problem, it is likely because you or someone else accidentally brought them into your house. Some places where you can pick up bed bugs are schools, offices, hotels, public transportation, restaurants, and theaters.

Another way bed bugs might have entered your home is on secondhand items like furniture, clothing, and appliances.

Where will I find bed bugs?

As their name suggests, you can find bed bugs in beds. Because they are nocturnal, they don’t live out in the open but instead hide in cracks and crevices such as the seams of beds, box springs, mattresses, and joints of bed frames.

Even though sleeping areas provide easier access to blood meals, bed bugs will wander to other areas of a house. Bed bug hiding places include appliances, outlets, rugs, curtains, furniture, and much more.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are nearly impossible to get rid of without professional bed bug control methods. And because these pests can reproduce quickly, it is essential to identify the problem and resolve it immediately. The best way to do this is in your Salem County home is by contacting our experts at Preferred Termite and Pest Control! Reach out to us today to get started on home pest control to completely eradicate bed bugs from your property.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Prevent future infestations of bed bugs with the following seven tips:

  1. Keep your home organized and decluttered to help you spot signs of an infestation and implement control methods easier.
  2. Use protective covers on all box springs and mattresses to eliminate hiding places.
  3. Use light-colored bedding to make signs of bed bugs more obvious.
  4. Vacuum regularly. 
  5. Check and clean secondhand items.
  6. Be mindful of where you put your belongings in public and inspect them before bringing them back home, especially when staying at a hotel or motel.
  7. Fold laundry at home instead of shared laundry facilities.

Call us at Preferred Termite and Pest Control for more information about our Salem County pest control solutions.

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