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Bed Bug FAQs

Bed bugs are becoming more and more common, but people still don’t know a lot about them. These creatures are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and once a home is infested, they can cause a lot of stress, and a lack of sleep. Like with most critters, the best treatment is prevention. As such, it’s important to understand what bed bugs are, which treatments are effective, and how to avoid bringing them into your home. So, what are bed bugs? How can you find them in your home, and what can you do to get rid of them? These are just a few of the questions people have about bed bugs. The answers to these and many more questions are below.

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are insects that feed on human blood, mostly at night. Although these bites aren’t usually harmful to humans, they do have a number of impacts and they are extremely annoying. Those living with a bed bug infestation often wake up to several red, itchy bites.

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Where are Bed Bugs Found?

As their name suggests,they are most commonly found in different areas of the bedroom, particularly box springs and mattresses.

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What do Exterminators Use for Bed Bugs?

There are many different treatments exterminators will used for bed bugs. Not all of them will work for all infestations. Bed bugs are easily adaptable and treatment that was effective ten years ago may not be as effective today.

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What is a Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs?

A heat treatment is one method pest control companies often employ to get rid of bed bugs. This treatment works by destroying the cells of the bed bugs, and causing them to stop functioning.

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Are bed bug heat treatments effective?

When conducted properly, heat treatments for bed bugs are extremely effective. However, the success rate does depend on certain factors such as the experience of the team, the duration of the treatment, how well the heat is dispersed and the preparation done by the home owner.

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What Scent Keeps Bed Bugs Away?

Many bugs are repelled by certain smells, such as peppermint, tea tree oil, and lavender. As such, it makes sense that bed bugs too, would be repelled by certain smells. While bed bugs do try to avoid certain scents, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about what those smells are. So, what’s the truth?

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What Keeps Bed Bugs Away?

Due to the fact that bed bugs are so hard to get rid of, the best treatment is prevention. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to prevent bed bugs from getting in.

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What are the most common Bed Bug Control Methods?

There are many different types of bed bug control methods in use today. The treatment used for any specific infestation will depend on a number of factors.

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How Do I Locate Bed Bugs?

Of course, you can’t get rid of an infestation if you don’t know it exists. It’s always best to find an infestation as early as possible, as it will be easier to get rid of the critters the earlier they are found. That being said, infestations that have not gotten completely out of hand are also more difficult to find and correct.

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Are Bed Bugs Sensitive to Light?

Bed Bugs typically hide out in the folds of mattresses and bedding and come out at night to feed. For this reason, many people actually keep the lights on when they’re sleeping, hoping this will deter the bugs from coming out. Unfortunately, all this will do is keep you from sleeping even more than the bed bugs.

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How to Identify Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not always easily spotted. Being that they mainly come out at night when people are sleeping, that makes it even more challenging to spot them. So, how can you identify them so you can get rid of them as quickly as possible?

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Can Bed Bugs get Into Your Nose, Mouth, and Ears?

When people learn that bed bugs are camping out near their faces at night, they have a common fear. That is that bed bugs may crawl into their nose, mouth, or ears, a thought that could make anyone feel creepy crawly. So, is it possible for bed bugs to do this?

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What are the Stages of Bed Bugs?

Like everything else in life, bed bugs have certain stages they go through from the time they are born until the time they die. It’s important to know what these stages are so that you can identify them and even determine how long you’ve had an infestation.

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What are Home Remedies for Bed Bugs?

One of the first things people wonder when they discover a bed bug infestation is if there are any home remedies to get rid of bed bugs. Fortunately, there are many of these options available.

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What if Bed Bug Heat Treatment Didn’t Work?

Bed bug heat treatment is very effective and most of the time, it works when applied. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t. When this happens, homeowners are frustrated and angry, and ready to do just about anything to get rid of bed bugs once and for all. So, what can they do?

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What if Bed Bug Liquid Treatment Didn’t Work?

Liquid treatment for bed bugs typically means that pesticide is being applied to certain areas of the home, or perhaps even the entire home. While certain pesticides can be effective in getting rid of bed bug colonies, it’s also well-known that bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to pesticides over recent years. So, what do you do when this happens?

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What do Bed Bugs Feed On?

There are many different types of bed bugs, but they all feed on blood. However, some species prefer one type of blood over another. Certain bed bugs need the blood of certain mammals to survive, while others will feast on any host’s blood they can find.

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Will Bed Bugs Die if They have Nothing to Feed On?

The answer to that question is not as cut and dry as you may think. For example, going down and checking into a hotel for a few days isn’t going to solve the problem. While bed bugs do need a food source to survive, they can go quite a long time without one.

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Can Bed Bugs Survive Water?

Bed bugs are extremely difficult to get rid of and when people find an infestation in their home, they often think drowning them may be the answer. It’s true that there are many bugs that can’t stand being in water for even just a few minutes.

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I Have a Clean House, Why Did I Get Bed Bugs?

Rats, mice, ants, and cockroaches are just a few of the pests that are attracted to spills and other messes around a home. Due to this, many people try to keep a clean home to prevent these pests from entering their home. Then, they are shocked to learn that they have a bed bug infestation.

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How do I Treat and Diagnose Bed Bug Bites?

The first thing to know about bed bug bites is that not all people will show signs of bites. For example, two people can be sleeping in the same infested bed, person A has bites all over and person B has no bites. Why is this?

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Do I Need to Go to the Hospital for Bed Bug Bites?

Most bed bug bites don’t cause any harmful long-term health effects. There is no real way to treat them, and no prescription a physician can provide to treat the bites. However, there are times when you should go to the hospital for a bed bug bite.

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Allergic Reaction Symptoms from Bed Bugs

In most cases when a bed bug bites someone, the only result is a red mark. While this can become very itchy, it typically doesn’t extend beyond that. However, like other insects, there are people that are allergic to bed bug bites.

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How to Tell the Difference Between Hives and Bed Bug Bites?

Bed bug bites are often mistaken for hives, mainly because they are both due to an allergic reaction. It’s important those suffering from either are able to differentiate the two because they both require different forms of treatment.

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Can Bed Bugs Transfer Diseases?

Pests aren’t only a pain to have in your house, they can also be harmful. Mosquitoes carry the Zika virus, along with a host of other potentially fatal diseases. This is one of the main concerns people have when they discover bed bugs in their homes, too.

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What Health Risks do Bed Bugs Pose?

While you certainly want to get rid of bed bugs if they are in your home, it’s mainly so you don’t have to live with them any longer, not because they’ll greatly affect your health.

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Where Should I Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel?

Bed bugs have become almost synonymous with hotel rooms. It’s not without reason. Hotel rooms have a lot of people coming and going, and they could be bringing in bed bugs with their luggage.

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Can My Pet have Bed Bugs?

There are many pests that feed on blood and don’t care where that meal comes from. Mosquitoes and fleas are just two of these. These pests will feast on humans and their pets without showing a real preference.

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Have More Questions? Our Pest Control Company has the Answers

There are a lot of questions people have about bed bugs. In many cases, people don’t even realize they have these questions until they have an infestation. Suddenly, knowing the answers to these questions is crucial to helping stem your bed bug problem, and getting them out of your home once and for all. If you have any further questions, or you have a bed bug problem you need dealt with, call our pest control professionals at Pointe Pest Control today.

At Pointe Pest Control, we not only want to help you with your bed bug problem, we also want to help you understand it. We’ll provide in full detail a plan for treatment, and advise you on everything you may need to do before and after our services. We can also recommend ways to prevent bed bugs from returning in the future, so you don’t have to deal with them ever again. Don’t share your bed with bugs any longer. Call us today at (866) 633-1573 to request a quote and get a free estimate.


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