Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of animals and humans. While bed bugs can and will bite animals, they prefer human blood. Strangely, bed bugs can’t hop or fly as other insects do. Instead, these blood-feeding pests invade Spring, Texas homes and businesses by crawling onto your clothing, bags, or belongings and hitchhiking their way to new properties. Bed bugs are flat, oval-shaped, and reddish-brown in color. When they feed, they become redder and rounder. Bed bug infestations are a major problem for many property owners and are often hard to identify, which makes professional bed bug control the best defense against these pests.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are considered nuisance pests rather than dangerous pests. It is true that bed bugs create several problems for property owners, but they aren’t able to inflict much physical harm. Bed bugs will leave rows of small, red bite marks across the skin of their hosts. These bites are often itchy and may become infected if scratched excessively. In prolonged or severe cases of bed bug infestations, bed bugs have been known to cause anemia in some individuals. Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to circulate throughout muscle and tissue.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Despite their inability to hop or fly, bed bugs are pests that still manage to spread like wildfire. It only takes one bed bug-infested building to create dozens of infestations on other properties. Unlike most other pests, bed bugs aren’t actively searching for ways to enter your home or business building. Instead, bed bugs are attracted to the sweat, smell, and skin cells of humans, which is why they crawl onto our belongings. Bed bugs often enter properties by hitching rides on your bags, coats, luggage, used furniture, and other personal items. Once inside, bed bugs will find somewhere to hide and wait for the opportunity to feed.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs are often found in locations with high human activity. When more people are traveling to and from certain places, the chance of picking up bed bugs increases in that area. Public spaces such as airports, daycare facilities, hotels, motels, libraries, and movie theaters, as well as public transportation such as buses and taxi cabs, are where most people pick up bed bugs. Once bed bugs are carried into your home or business, they will hide in just about any crack or crevice, in furniture, behind wallpaper, under floorboards, in electrical outlets, under bedding, in sheets, and clothing piles.

When are bed bugs most active?

Bed bugs are indoor pests; therefore, bed bugs are able to live, breed, and feed throughout the entire year. If there were a specific season for bed bugs it would be during the summer from July to September when they are the most active. This is when the weather is warmest and people are vacationing and traveling. The ease and affordability of travel allows bed bugs to move from place to place throughout the summer, as well as year-round. Bed bugs are most active right before dawn, specifically 1-2 hours before sunrise. While regularly feeding at night, they will emerge from their hiding spots to feed during the day when living in a place where people don’t typically sleep.

Interesting facts about bed bugs

Bed bugs may seem like straightforward pests, but they are actually intriguing creatures. To learn more about bed bugs in Texas, here are three interesting facts.

1. Bed bugs feed at night or while people are resting because that is when we produce a steady stream of carbon dioxide, which alerts them to our presence. 

3. Bed bugs are found living in all 50 states and are capable of ingesting 7 times their body weight in blood.

4. Bed bugs are elusive pests and it can take some time for people to discover an infestation; one of the main reasons is because their feeding process is virtually painless thanks to an anesthetic delivered through their bites. People who are allergic to their saliva will develop an itchy reaction to their bites, but this is rare and most people will never know that they have been bitten.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are one of the most resilient insect pests. These hardy insects are often resistant to many conventional pesticides and bug repellents, which makes eliminating an infestation nearly impossible. Additionally, bed bugs hide in many hard-to-reach places that property owners don’t always check. When it comes to bed bug treatment, it’s important to eliminate every last bed bug, or else the infestation will only return in the future. Kingston Pest Control provides effective bed bug treatment services that penetrate deep into every part of your home or business to remove your bed bug infestation.

No bed bug prevention method will ever be 100% effective and there will always be a chance that your home or business will become infested. If bed bugs have invaded your property, don’t hesitate to contact the pest technicians here at Kingston Pest Control. Our top-of-the-line bed bug treatments are non-invasive and will ensure that your bed bug problems are eliminated entirely. With the pest technicians here at Kingston Pest Control on your side, you won’t have to worry about pest infestations ever again. To request your free estimate or inspection, contact Kingston Pest Control today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Preventing bed bugs from entering your eastern Texas property is a difficult task to accomplish, and requires a keen eye. The best way to avoid bringing these pests into your Texas property is by removing their opportunity to crawl onto you or your belongings using the following tips:

  • If you find signs of a bed bug infestation in your hotel room, ask to be moved to a different room.

  • Inspect used furniture for signs of a bed bug infestation before bringing it inside.

  • Always inspect your hotel or motel room for signs of bed bugs.

  • Avoid setting your bags, coats, and other personal items on the floor of public spaces.

  • Seal all your used clothing in plastic bags while traveling. This will trap any bed bugs that may have climbed into used clothing piles.

 

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