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Walla Walla Bed Bug Control

Many people think that bed bugs are fairly innocuous and for the large part, that is largely true. However, studies have shown that bed bugs have the potential to transmit a parasite that causes Chagas disease, which is very harmful to humans. Bed bugs also bite and these can result in itchy bumps that are incredibly annoying. It is crucial that anyone that has bed bugs in their home speaks to a Walla Walla bed bug control specialist that can eradicate the problem.

The Dangers of Bed Bugs

It is true that bed bugs may carry diseases but the chances of contracting a harmful disease from these critters is small. Still, there are many other problems associated with bed bugs, which is why it is so important to get them out of the home once they invade. 

The bites that bed bugs administer to their hosts are itchy, and people may scratch them excessively either while they are awake, or unknowingly in their sleep. This scratching can break the skin and cause an infection, which could turn into something much worse. 

The other problem associated with bed bugs is that they can cause anxiety and sleeplessness, which can also lead to other problems. Despite their name, bed bugs do not limit themselves to just beds, but can also be found in other furniture, such as couches. Sleeping on any of this furniture can be unsettling for many people, and that can interfere with their ability to sleep.

Preventing Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and they have been shown to have developed an immunity to certain pesticides. Due to this, the best practice is to do everything you can to prevent them from ever coming into your home in the first place. The best way to prevent bed bugs includes:

  • Use protective covers on your box springs and mattresses.
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs often.
  • Clear out clutter that provides bed bugs with a place to hide.
  • Inspect all accommodations when spending time away from home.
  • When returning home after being away, unpack luggage outside to ensure you are not bringing bed bugs into the home.
  • Wash your travel clothes separately from other laundry as soon as you come home.
  • Fully inspect secondhand furniture and clothing before purchasing.

Even when you take all of these measures, you may still find or suspect that you have bed bugs in the home. When that is the case, it is important to understand how to identify the problem so you can eliminate it.

Spotting a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs quickly produce offspring and in a very short amount of time, a few bugs can turn into a full-blown infestation. Many people never see bed bugs because they come out at night to feed on their hosts. However, there are still a few ways you can identify a problem.

Start by looking in the areas bed bugs like to hide, such as headboards and footboards of beds, around bedside tables, in loose wallpaper and wood paneling, mattress seams, and baseboards. Mature bed bugs are approximately the same size as an apple seed, so you can spot them with the human eye. They do not have wings, but are flat and reddish-brown in color, and swell after feeding. 

You may also find bed bug eggs while searching, although these are much harder to see. The eggs of bed bugs are pearly white and typically about one millimeter long. Eggs are also usually found in clusters.

Bed bugs also molt as they mature and when they do, they leave behind skins and empty shells. Large infestations will produce thousands of skins and shells of varying sizes, as the size depends on the life stage of the bed bug.

Bloodstains and fecal matter is also a good way to determine that you have a bed bug infestation, but these two differ from each other. Fecal spots are dark brown to black in color because bed bugs consume and excrete the blood. Blood spots are red or rust-colored and are a result of bed bugs becoming crushed in the area they live as a person sleeps and moves.

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Our Local Bed Bug Control Specialists are Here to Help

If you have a bed bug infestation, do not try to tackle it on your own. At Pointe Pest Control, our Walla Walla bed bug control specialists are here to help. We know how to get bed bugs out of your home, so you can finally enjoy a restful night’s sleep again. Call us today at (509) 524-8448 to request a quote.

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