Bed bugs are minute, brown, blood-sucking insects that feed on human blood. Familiar reactions to their nasty bites include reddening of the skin and skin inflammation. Often your skin may develop noticeable lesions that may be mistaken for flea or mosquito bites. Also, their bites may result in itchy red bumps or blood or fluid-filled lumps. Knowing some facts about bed bugs will help you stay on guard.
Fact #1: Bedbugs can affect anyone
Contrary to the common belief that bed bugs mainly affect low-income households, bed bugs can affect anyone. These tiny bloodsuckers will go to any environment where they can get carbon dioxide and their favourite food (human blood) – it doesn’t matter if the environment is clean or dirty or who lives there. There have been several cases of infestations in five-star hotels so, unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to make your home less desirable to bed bugs. You can, however, make efforts to keep the bugs out of your home by thoroughly inspecting second-hand furniture before you purchase any, and always checking your clothes after visiting public places. When renting hotel rooms, thoroughly inspect the headboard, mattress, and box spring. Heat from a hair dryer will stir the bugs and you’ll be able to see if there are any there.
Fact #2: Bed bugs are elusive
As a survival instinct, bed bugs are elusive and you may, for this reason, not know you have an infestation until they have greatly multiplied. Do not wait for the physical manifestation of the bed bugs to contact a pest control professional. According to research, less than 50 percent of people bitten by bed bugs will develop a skin reaction to their saliva injection. Unfortunately, most people will notice bed bug infestation when it’s too late. At this stage, the bed bug infestation will have spread out of control.
Fact #3: Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to eradicate
Given their ability to multiply so quickly and hide in very small crevices, over-the-counter products will rarely eradicate these devious hitchhikers. To completely get rid of bed bugs, you need to call in a professional pest control company. Early detection of pests is crucial in ensuring complete eradication within a short period of time. The longer you allow them to multiply, the longer the process to get them gone will be.
Bed bug infestations in Winnipeg have been dramatically rising since 2003. Bed bugs travel all over the world with people. Although it is very challenging to totally eradicate bed bugs in Winnipeg, we can stop their spreading. It’s precautionary to vacuum your luggage bag after you’ve returned home from any trip. You should also launder your travel clothes in hot water. This will help get rid of any bugs before they can start laying eggs.
If you’re suffering from a bed bug infestation, talk to Gilles Lambert Pest Control professionals. We are one of the most reputable professional pest control companies in Winnipeg and we can successfully exterminate those nasty bugs from your home for good.