Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects, reddish-brown to dark brown in color, that hide near areas where humans and pets sleep, and feed on their blood.
On the plus side, you don't have to worry about them infesting your yard, but when they establish a presence indoors, they'll make everyone miserable with their itchy bites.
Bed bugs are among the most hearty, resilient, and adaptable insects, and they can be difficult to find and get rid of without a thorough treatment once they're in your Kingwood home. It's a good idea to know what you're dealing with to help you in managing them.
Bed bugs are flat, reminiscent of an apple seed, but after they feed, they fatten up and turn more of a reddish color. Their flat shape allows them to get into spaces as narrow as a driver's license. They cannot fly, but they are very sneaky and mobile in areas where you typically aren't looking (inside bedroom furniture, around and about your mattress, bed frame, box spring, in carpet near sleeping areas, in whatever protected areas they can find ... even behind electrical socket plates). More bad news: bed bugs can reproduce very quickly.
Bedbugs can get into your home quietly and unnoticed by stowing away in backpacks, luggage, clothing, used furniture, purses, etc. Bedbugs do not nest like ants, but rather they live and hide out in groups, in areas close to where potential hosts sleep.
Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Own?
There's a lot you can do to get rid of bed bugs, but if you want the job done right, and to help avoid the bed bugs making a comeback, you'll probably want to call a professional.
If you are seeing tiny yellowish egg shells, dark reddish-brown splotches on your mattress and sheets, salt and peppery fecal matter, and/or live bed bug activity, you'll want to act quickly.
Try the following steps to help get rid of bed bugs in your home.
- Wash your bedding thoroughly in hot water and dry on the highest heat setting. Also thoroughly launder curtains, stuffed animals, linens, clothing, etc. in hot water/high heat.
- Use a stiff brush to thoroughly scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs, nymphs, and eggs, and then vacuum the area thoroughly. Dispose of vacuum bags in tightly sealed trash bags.
- Apply an insecticide dust labeled for bed bugs.
- Keep your bed and surrounding area vacuumed regularly.
- Thoroughly wash and dry pet bedding as needed. Vacuum and treat pet bedding areas with a pet-friendly pest control product labeled for bed bugs.
Bed bugs may take between a couple of days to a few weeks to treat effectively, depending on the size of the infestation.
Don't let bed bug infestations ruin your good night's rest! Even with all your best preventive measures and clean home, you may still find yourself dealing with bed bugs (or problems with other pests) occasionally. Call our Kingwood, TX pest control experts today at 832-898-0190 and we can help you save all sorts of money, stress, and time.