Have You Unknowingly been Infested by Bed Bugs?

The holidays have passed, and your travel schedule has hopefully slowed down some. As you're attempting to get back to your normal routine, you may be surprised to find that you've unknowingly established a pest problem over the holidays. We're talking bed bugs. YIKES!
 

While these blood-sucking opportunistic bugs can be difficult to identify, there are signs that you can look for to confirm an infestation, and ways to effectively treat against them. Best Pest Control is sharing with you some info on identifying an infestation and getting rid of them once and for all.

How to Check for Bed Bugs
Bed bug bites are often misattributed to fleas, spiders and mosquitoes. The best way to check for bed bugs is to examine your bed and furniture. You'll want to look for small specks of blood, especially near seams and crevices. Bed bugs use pheromones to communicate with each other. Therefore, if you can smell a sweet and musty odor, you may have an infestation.

Due to their small size, bed bugs can squeeze into small gaps and remain undetected for quite some time. You should try and check regularly for any signs of an infestation, checking your bed frame, headboard, cushion seams and behind any pictures hanging on the wall. In your search to check all areas of the house, you should also remember to look inside electrical outlets, in the carpet or in between floorboards.

How to Treat a Bed Bug Infestation
Washing your bedding is an effective method to get rid of bed bugs. The use of heat is a great way to eradicate bed bugs and is one of the main features of our professional solution of bed bugs.

However, it is important to note that although washing your bedding is a good home remedy for bed bugs, it is not a 100% guaranteed fix. Yes, it can reduce the amount of bed bugs in your home but it won’t fully remove them.

Vacuuming is an effective DIY bed bug treatment. Unlike other home remedies, this process can help remove both adult bed bugs and nymphs as well as the eggs. It is important to remember to empty the vacuum in an outside trash can to help reduce the possibility of them returning. However, like most DIY pest control solutions, vacuuming will not fully eradicate bed bugs from your home, but it can help reduce the numbers.

Ultimately, the best course of action for treating against them is professional heat treatment. Steaming works on items such as box springs, bed frames, blankets/sheets, curtains and pillows and can be used on several items without causing damage. It is also the most effective way to safely reach racks, crevices, inside walls, etc.


Best Pest Control can Help You Solve Your Bed Bug Problem
The problem with bed bugs is that you can never tell if they're completely gone. We recommend a combination of washing all the bedding and clothes, along with a treatment by the best pest technicians at Lake of the Ozarks - don't watch your loved ones continue to get bitten due to accidentally missing a spot when cleaning. Let the best exterminators in the Lake area assist you in keeping your family and friends safe from bed bugs.


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