The Problems Bed Bugs Can Bring To Your Memphis Home
February 15, 2021
You’ve probably heard that bed bugs are a pest that bites you while you’re in bed sleeping, but you might still have many other questions about these invasive pests. For example, many homeowners don’t know how bed bugs get inside of a home or know all of the problems they can cause. In order for you to protect yourself and your family from these invasive pests in Memphis, Tennessee, we’ve put together a guide on the risks of bed bugs and what you can do to prevent and control them.
First of all, contrary to public belief, it’s important to understand that bed bugs can be seen with the human eye. They are small at only the size of an apple seed, but you can identify bed bugs if you know what to look for. Bed bugs are a reddish-brown color and have oval-shaped bodies. They are usually flat, but they can look round after they’ve just eaten.
Bed bug infestations begin when homeowners inadvertently bring them inside. Bed bugs are parasitic hitchhikers, and while they don’t attach to human bodies, they can ride on anything from luggage to purses to clothing.
Bed Bugs And Health Risks
Another question that many homeowners have about bed bugs is whether or not they are dangerous. The answer to this question is somewhat complex, but there are some health problems that bed bugs can cause. However, they aren’t known to transmit any diseases to humans, and there is still research being done on this topic.
This doesn’t mean that bed bugs are healthy to have around though. Bed bugs bite throughout the night, and this can lead to insomnia problems as you toss and turn even if you don’t notice the bed bugs right away. Bed bug bites can also lead to secondary infections from scratching. And, worst of all, severe and large infestations of bed bugs can lead to anemia.
Are Bed Bugs Easy To Prevent?
Because of how invasive and potentially harmful bed bugs can be, it’s important to keep them out of your home. However, they are unfortunately a very difficult pest to prevent. Bed bugs can be picked up almost anywhere including other homes, buses, laundromats, schools, hotels, and even healthcare facilities. Because of their tiny size, you’re unlikely to notice them until they’ve already established themselves around your property.
Once bed bugs do invade a house, they are also extremely difficult to control. To completely remove an infestation, every single bed bug and egg needs to be eliminated. This is tricky to do without professional help. Bed bugs can hide in small spaces in walls, reproduce quickly, and often spread throughout your entire house in no time.
How Can You Protect Your Home From Bed Bugs?
Because of the many problems, bed bugs can cause and because they are so difficult to remove, the only sure way to control them is with help from the experts at Mid South Pest & Termite. With over 55 years of experience, you can trust our residential and commercial pest control plans will be able to address any bed bug issue.
Discover more about our comprehensive bed bug control options by giving us a call at (901) 203-0783 or sending us a message online. We even offer free inspections to make it simple and affordable for you to protect your home.