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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

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What are bed bugs?

Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown and grow to around 1/4 of an inch in length. Though they are a bit larger, they are the same shape as a lentil. Bed bugs are wingless and have six legs. Nymphs or young bed bugs look similar to adults but are smaller and whitish-yellow until consuming their first blood meal. After feeding, they turn bright red.

Though it is well known that bed bugs prefer human blood, if we aren't available, they will feed on the blood of rodents, birds, dogs, and cats. When bed bugs invade your living space, it is always best to contact a professional for assistance.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Most blood-feeding pests are dangerous because of their ability to spread diseases to their hosts as they feed. Fortunately, this is not the case for bed bugs. Currently, bed bugs are not known to spread diseases through their feeding process, but just because bed bugs aren't spreading disease doesn't mean anyone wants to share their beds with these biting pests. Knowing that bed bugs are in your home will lead to a lack of sleep and stress-filled days.

For many people, but not all, bed bug bites will result in a red itchy rash. Scratching at the bite sites can lead to a secondary infection and unsightly scabbing. Nobody should become a food source for bed bugs, and keeping these pests out of our homes is important to everyone's physical and mental health!

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs can become a problem in any of our Texas homes after accidentally being introduced inside by people or our belongings.

Bed bugs do not have wings, can't jump, and won't break any speed records, so these insects move most efficiently by hitchhiking. We bring bed bugs into our homes on our clothing, in our luggage or other bags, or after purchasing infested furniture, mattresses, or clothing.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Since bed bugs prefer human blood, it only makes sense that they live wherever we live or spend a lot of time; houses, apartment complexes, hotels, airports, shopping centers, dormitories, office buildings, and hospitals.

After bed bugs get into your Beaumont area home, they will hide in areas that put them near people. As their numbers grow, the infestation will take over more of your house as the bed bugs travel throughout its walls and floors, infesting new spaces.

Some of the bed bug's preferred hideouts include:

  • Seams of mattresses and box springs
  • Cracks of wooden footboards and headboards
  • Within upholstered furniture
  • Behind baseboards or wooden trim
  • Electrical outlets

If bed bugs are in your house, in addition to finding actual bed bugs, you may see other signs of their presence.

  • Piles of shed skin under mattresses or on the floor
  • Dark streaks of excrement or blood spots on bedding, walls, or furniture
  • A musty, sweet odor in areas of your home where the infestation is most prominent

At first notice of bed bugs in your home, immediately reach out to us for help!

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Got a bug? We have a solution! The professionals at Pestco Professional Pest Control are here to help you solve your home's bed bug problems. We know how frustrating a bed bug infestation can be and how tricky these pests are to eliminate. Professional pest control measures are the best way to ensure all the bed bugs in your home are found and eliminated!

Our bed bug service always begins with an inspection to identify if bed bugs are present, then we will develop a treatment plan and schedule a service to treat. If you believe bed bugs have found a way into your Beaumont-area property, give us a call today so we can begin working together to eliminate bed bugs from your business or home as quickly as possible!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Keeping bed bugs out of your Ellsworth home is a difficult task, but there are a few things you can do to help. To deter bed bugs take the following preventative steps:

  • Gain a good understanding of what bed bugs look like and the signs of their presence so you can get professional help sooner rather than later
  • Inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bug activity before bringing your luggage and other belongings inside
  • After returning home from a trip, place all clothing taken on your travels in one area such as your laundry room or garage and wash and dry it all on a high heat setting
  • When out and about in public places, keep all your bags, coats, luggage, purses, and other belongings up off the ground
  • Avoid purchasing used furniture, mattresses, and box springs for use in your home
  • Regularly vacuum your home’s floors, rugs, and furniture to help eliminate bed bugs
  • Change and wash your bedding regularly, inspecting mattresses and box springs for bed bugs during the process

For more information about our services and how they can help keep your home bed bug free, reach out to us!