What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are temporary ectoparasites. They are small insects whose sole source of nutrition comes from the blood of their warm-blooded hosts. These insects are temporary ectoparasites; they do not live on their hosts. Bed bugs crawl onto their hosts to feed and then retreat to their hiding spots after having their fill. Female and male bed bugs feed using their piercing, sucking mouthparts.
While bed bugs will feed on the blood of birds, rodents, cats, and dogs, their preferred hosts are humans. In order to survive, bed bugs have adapted to living with their human hosts and commonly hitchhike their way into our homes and other man-made structures.
Bed bugs live for about ten months. During their life, they can survive for weeks to months without eating, depending on their life stage and environmental conditions. These pests are incredibly difficult to manage on your own, and professional home pest solutions are always recommended for the handling of bed bugs.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs bite people, and they feed on our blood, but believe it or not, their danger is more psychological than physical.
Unlike many other blood-feeding pests, bed bugs don't spread diseases. However, their bites do cause some unpleasant consequences, including an unsightly itchy rash and possible secondary infections due to excessive scratching at the bite sites.
The most significant side effect of bed bug bites is physiological. Knowing you share your home with small bugs that feed on your blood at night is super stressful and can trigger many emotions.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Bed bugs are pests that show no discrimination; they are equal opportunity pests that can find their way into any Georgia home or business.
New infestations typically begin after a piece of infested furniture, rug, electronics, bedding, or clothing is transported from one structure to another. When bed bugs get into a home, it can take some time to discover their presence. When only a few get inside, they will feed intermittently, and you probably won't notice them right away.
It takes between one and two months for a bed bug to complete its life cycle, so several months can go by before an infestation grows large enough for a homeowner to notice the infestation.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs hide in areas that put them near their warm-blood animal hosts; in our homes, some of their most favored hideouts include:
- Pet bedding
- The seams of mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture
- Cracks in wooden headboards and footboards
- Inside electrical outlets
- Under piles of dirty laundry
- Under areas of clutter
If you are ever concerned that bed bugs have found their way into your house, reach out to a professional for help. Professionals know all the bed bug hiding spots and can quickly and accurately identify an infestation and perform the necessary solutions to eliminate bed bugs.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
The best way to deal with a bed bug infestation is to partner with a professional. Professional bed bug treatment services are the best bet to completely rid your home of bed bugs and prevent reinfestation.
At Shane's Pest Solutions, we are proud to say that we provide our customers with the best pest solutions in Newnan. "From inspection to eradication," we are here for you. We have developed specialty treatments to eliminate bed bugs at every stage of their development.
Don't share your home with bed bugs for one more day than necessary. Call today to schedule an evaluation and receive an estimate!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
We have put together a quick list of things you can do to keep bed bugs out of your Georgia home and away from your family.
- Cover your mattresses and box springs with bed bug-proof covers.
- Regularly inspect your furniture for signs of bed bugs.
- Routinely wash and dry your family's bedding.
- Regularly vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture.
- Reduce the clutter in your home where bed bugs can hide.
Contact us today to learn how these prevention tips combined with our specialty bed bug control services will provide you with a bed bug-free home!