Would You Know If You Brought Bed Bugs Into Your Katy Home?
October 21, 2020
Most pests are easy to identify. Ants crawl across kitchen floors. Flies buzz around food. Centipedes skitter up walls. The question is, what do bed bugs do? Chances are you have heard about these pests but have never seen one for yourself. Why is this? Are bed bugs too small to see, or is there something else going on? To help you identify these pests around your Katy home, keep your eye out for these things.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are not too small to see, despite what many people think. The reason these pests are so difficult to spot around homes comes down to one simple truth. Bed bugs are great at hiding. The only time these pests come out into the open is when they know people are asleep. For this reason, it is important that you not just know how to identify a bed bug but also the signs they leave around homes. Here is how to do just that.
You can identify a bed bug by its oval-shaped, reddish-brown body. When engorged on a blood meal, a bed bug takes on a deeper shade of red and can grow to five times its normal size.
To identify bed bugs by the signs they leave behind, look for bloodstains, reddish-black dots of fecal matter, and eggs or egg castings around your home. These signs are most common around sleeping areas and places bed bugs hide, such as behind baseboards, window and door frames, outlets, and inside cracks and crevices.
How Bed Bugs Invade Homes
Bed bugs are unlike most pests that invade homes by crawling in through a gap, crack, or hole. Due to their lack of mobility and inability to survive long periods outdoors; bed bugs must get creative to invade homes; this typically involves hitchhiking rides on items people carry. Backpacks, used clothing, electronics, furniture, a suitcase — all of these objects have one thing in common; they can all be used to transport bed bugs. All it takes for bed bugs to hop onto your personal belongings is 20 minutes and for the item to remain stationary. Sit at a bus station for too long; bed bugs might crawl into your bag, buy a used couch, bed bugs could already be hiding inside; your kids can even pick up bed bugs at school.
Preventing Bed Bugs
Preventing bed bugs requires constant attention to detail and a little bit of knowledge. If you are up for the task, here are a few great tips to consider:
- When traveling, check the room you will be staying in for signs of bed bugs before settling in. If you suspect any of these pests are around, request to change rooms or consider taking your business to another establishment.
- Before traveling home from time spent away, store used clothing in an airtight bag. When you get home, wash that clothing on high heat.
- When out in public, avoid leaving items in one place for more than 20 minutes.
- Teach your children about bed bugs and show them how to inspect their bags for these pests before coming home from school.
- Thoroughly inspect used furniture and clothing for bed bugs and the signs they leave behind before buying them.
What To Do If Bed Bugs Invade
When bed bugs invade a home, they are a pain to get out. If you suspect these pests have invaded your home, your best choice is to get the experts at Pro Pest Involved. Our team understands bed bugs and has the experience and tools needed to remove these pests from your home quickly.