With bed bug infestations on the rise, more and more people are finding bed bug bites. Did you know that bed bugs have been found in office buildings, schools, hospitals, restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, motels, and even public transportation? Whenever you leave your home, you run the risk of bringing bed bugs home in a backpack, briefcase, purse, and even on your clothing. Pointe Pest Control is leading the charge for bed bug control and wants to help you identify bed bug infestations and give you the information you need.
The Indications of an Infestation
1.Bites: Remember that there are a lot of bug bites that look the same. Just because you have bug bites, doesn’t mean you have bed bugs. That being said, the first indicators are bites. If you go to sleep each night and wake up with new itchy bite marks, you should become suspicious. If the bites are in rows or clusters, your level of suspicion should rise. If you have bite marks, it is time to investigate the problem further.
2.Spots: It’s time to take a close look at your sheets and pajamas. When bed bugs feed on your blood, they immediately defecate. If you notice reddish-brown spots on your bedding or pajamas, add a bit of water. If it smears red, you have just uncovered a second indicator.
3.Smell: If the infestation is severe, you may begin to notice a smell. If your bedroom has begun to smell like coriander or moldy shoes, you have three positive indicators.
4.Detection: The best indicator of a bed bug infestation is to find a bed bug. Unfortunately, bed bugs are photophobic, meaning they hate light. This means they love to hide. The best places to look for bed bugs are along hard surfaces in your bedroom. Check the hard edges of your box springs. Use a flashlight and look in the upper corners of your nightstands. Examine your all around your headboard. You are looking for a flat, tan insect that is about the size of an apple seed. Even if you are unsure if the bug you find is a bed bug, bag it as evidence to show to one of our technicians. They will know if what you have collected is a bed bug.
I have bed bugs, what do I do about the bites
Bed bug bites turn into an itchy welt. If you want relief, the first thing you need to do is wash the affected area in soap and water. Secondary infections occur when people begin scratching the bite marks. Keep the area clean. The next step is to add some anti-itch cream. If you want a permanent solution for bed bug bites, you need to call Pointe Pest Control. Instead of treating the bites, we eliminate the pest. Once the bed bugs are gone, you will never need to worry about being bit again. Our technicians understand bed bugs. We have the most current and effective treatment options. Put our years of bed bug elimination experience to work for you. When you want bed bug control, give us a call.
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