4 Signs Your Memphis Home May Have A Bed Bug Problem
December 15, 2020
As Memphis homeowners, we like to keep ourselves busy. It’s one of the most entertaining cities to live in, so we like to make the most of it. Busy lives can lead to a lack of sleep, so you’ll also need to make the most of your time to rest. However, if you have a bed bug problem, you might wind up dealing with restless nights and itchy mornings that come too soon. Unfortunately, as it turns out, in a city full of tourists, bed bugs are a lot easier to incur than you think.
Before you decide that your home couldn’t possibly incur a bed bug infestation, let’s talk about how easily they can get in. Bed bugs aren’t interested in dirty homes, messy homes, or homes where people don’t keep their sheets clean. They’re interested in feeding on human blood. That’s it.
Using their ability to cling on to surfaces, bed bugs will hitch a ride into any home on almost anything. However, they mostly find their way in via luggage and used furniture. As you travel, anything your bags and clothing touch could have bed bugs on it, putting you at risk to pick them up as well. Buying used furniture, even appliances, couches, and office chairs from places that don’t have beds, is a very high-risk activity for allowing bed bugs into your home.
Nuisance Or Nightmare?
In the world of pest control, the term nuisance pest is reserved for bugs that don’t bring any aspects of health risks with them. While bed bugs are not linked to disease transmission, and they don’t carry bacteria, they are far from a simple nuisance pest.
They may not be the most dangerous bugs that could invade your house, but a prolonged infestation is nothing to mess around with.
People who don’t see the signs of bed bugs quickly and allow infestations to linger can wind up with serious skin irritations from the bites and excess scratching. More disturbingly, bed bugs will cause insomnia in many cases, which will plague homeowners for a long time, even once the infestation has been eradicated.
4 Signs Of Bed Bugs To Watch Out For
Avoiding the health issues that always arise with insomnia and sleep deprivation is all about seeing the signs early. If you see the following signs on your furniture or mattress, you likely have a bed bug infestation:
- Rust-Colored Spots: Compared to the minuscule size of bed bugs, these spots can be pretty large. They are the excrement left by multiple bed bugs as they infest a piece of furniture.
- Small Blood Droplet Stains: As they feed through a tube, small blood droplets will fall onto your furniture and leave a tiny, but noticeable stain.
- Bed Bug Bites: These are typically noticeable in the morning after that night’s attack. The bites are typically red, itchy bumps that appear in a straight-lined or zig-zagged pattern.
- Musty Odor: When an infestation is severe enough, the collective odor of the group will be very noticeable.
The Only Effective Eradication Technique
Once you do notice these signs in your home, bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of. Home remedies like sprays and vacuums are largely ineffective because of bed bug nesting habits. While you may be able to get rid of the bed bugs on the surface of the infested furniture, they’ll typically lay eggs much deeper in the cushions than the spray or vacuum can reach.
You can ignore them, but they don’t go away on their own. You can even wash your sheets in hot water, yet severe infestations will continue to pop up. That’s why you can’t leave yourself at risk to develop health problems by trying to get rid of them on your own. If you do spot signs of bed bugs, call the professionals at Mid South Pest & Termite right away.