Bed bugs are, without a doubt, one of the most feared infestations in both homes and hotels. According to BedBugs.org, there has been a dramatic increase in bed bug infestations in the US in the past few years, compared to previous decades.
Bed bugs are tiny, flat brown-red bugs with an unpleasant, foul odor. Because they live solely on blood, they feed on exposed skin at night. While some people have severe reactions to bed bug bites, most people will develop a minor reaction, which consists of raised, pink bumps that are usually concentrated in one area of the body. While bed bugs can leave behind unpleasant bite marks, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, they are not known to spread or transmit disease.
Contrary to their name, not all bed bugs are found in beds. Because of their flat bodies, they can be found in outlets, in between baseboards and picture frames, sofas, cushions, pillows, and other small spaces. Despite popular belief, you can’t simply “get” bed bugs—they are brought into your home through clothing, used furniture, or luggage. For this reason, it is always recommended to purchase a new mattresses rather than used.
Most people believe having bed bugs in their home is a sign of uncleanliness, but it’s not. Bed bugs can be found in even the cleanest homes and hotels. Because bed bugs are transferred through items and often go undetected, it’s important to treat and protect your home from infestations.
Infestations aren’t always easy to identify—in fact, most people who have an infestation aren’t even aware. Finding out if bed bugs are present in your home can be a challenge, because they are masters of remaining unseen. When changing your bedding, look for the following signs of a bed bug infestation: a musty odor, tiny eggs, dark spots from the bug’s excrement and the obvious—live bed bugs. If you notice any of these signs of infestation, contact pest control pros, such as Bug Zero, to treat and eradicate bed bugs.
If you have any questions about bed bug infestations, or the importance of purchasing a new versus used mattress, ask away!