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Many of us have heard the old saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” often instilling some fear before going to bed! Unfortunately, this saying can hold some truths as these insects can bring itchy bites, crawling hordes, and ruined furniture! They can be difficult to remove and eliminate, making it essential for Macon homeowners to understand how to identify them and what steps to take if they spot one in their home. Check out everything you need to know about these household pests below.
Bed bugs are tiny, appleseed-sized insects with flat, oval-shaped bodies and horizontal ridges across their bodies. Since these pests are so small, they can fit in the smallest crack, crevice, or any small hiding spot. The best way to spot bed bug signs is to look for physical signs, such as rusty stains on the bed sheets or mattresses, dark spots on fabric, eggs or eggshells, and live bed bugs. You will often find these pests or signs of bed bugs around the bed, near piping, seams, tags of mattresses, box springs, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.
Bed bugs are notorious for hitchhiking, allowing them to travel long distances at a time. They will often latch onto suitcases, linens, clothes, old furniture, groceries, and more. The best way to prevent these pests from entering your home in the first place is to inspect items before entering the home. After traveling, avoid bringing in your suitcase; instead, remove your clothes and wash them immediately through a high-heat dryer cycle. Likewise, before you bring in any second-hand furniture, groceries, or deliveries, make sure to inspect them for bugs.
If you’ve noticed bed bug signs or identified live bugs, you will want to act fast to eliminate them. Since bed bugs are elusive, surviving under extreme conditions, they often cannot be eliminated through do-it-yourself methods. Once you have identified a bed bug infestation, the best plan of action is to call a pest control company for help. These professionals will provide you with a proper inspection to identify the areas where they have invaded. After an inspection is completed, your pest professional will provide you with a bed bug control plan, including either a chemical or heat treatment, all depending on your pest situation.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, contact your local pest control company to assess the situation. A trained professional will help you decide the best plan of action, treatment, and prevention for your home.