If there is one invading pest that most people hear about for being extremely difficult to remove, it's bed bugs. These small creatures have an awful reputation and are common in big cities. However, bed bugs can actually invade homes and businesses almost anywhere. If they get inside your Augusta property, they can be a huge problem.
Myth One: Bed Bugs Are Too Small to See
While bed bugs are small, they are about the size of an apple seed when fully grown, so they are visible to the human eye. Bed bugs are a reddish-brown color and will often gather together in the seams of furniture or hide in holes in the walls.
Myth Two: Bed Bugs Only Infest Dirty Homes
Many people hear that bed bugs won't invade a clean space. However, bed bugs don't have a preference and can also infest businesses and places that don't have beds at all.
Bed bugs are like pest hitchhikers because they grab rides on clothing, bags, buses, and luggage. They ride around until they are inside and can invade a new home or business, meaning they can come from almost anywhere – including other homes. Common places to find bed bugs are laundromats, hotels, public transportation, schools, and healthcare facilities.
Myth Three: Bed Bugs Only Hang Around Mattresses
While bed bugs prefer to live on bedding and mattresses to give them easy access to their food source, they can infest many areas throughout a building, such as other furniture, the inside of outlets, or tiny spaces in walls. Because bed bugs can spread quickly, knowing how to identify their presence early on is vital. Some of the main signs of bed bug activity include:
- Finding small bite marks in zigzags or lines on your skin
- Discovering stain marks that are usually a brown color around sheets, walls, or other furniture
- Noticing bloodstains around sheets and blankets
- Seeing discarded egg casings that range in color from white to dark brown, depending on how long they've been there
Myth Four: You Can Remove Bed Bugs On Your Own
If you see a bed bug or spot any signs of a bed bug infestation, it's likely already grown out of control. Bed bugs are challenging to remove because of how small they are and how quickly they spread, so trying to remove them using DIY methods are usually unsuccessful.
Instead, contact the pest control professionals at Bug Busterzzz Pest Control at the first sign of a problem. Our advanced bed bug control plans will remove the entire infestation for good. Contact us today to request a quote.