What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are insects that require blood meals to survive. Unfortunately for us, bed bugs have developed an affinity for our blood, and we are their preferred food sources. In the past several decades, bed bugs have become a bigger and bigger problem for people in Arkansas and across the country. As we travel across streets, towns, and states, bed bugs travel with us. Every new home or business they find their way into is a new place for them to feed, breed, and create a new population of biting bed bugs.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs are more harmless than they are dangerous. Though these pests bite us and feed on our blood, they don’t spread pathogens that make us ill. However, they can be carriers of parasites that cause Chagas disease, which can cause significant health problems in people.
The bed bug bites themselves tend to be most problematic for people. Those allergic to their salvia will develop an itchy rash, and scratching at the bite sites can cause scarring and a secondary infection to develop.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Unless you never leave your home and never allow anyone into your home, there is a chance that a bed bug infestation could occur there.
Bed bugs live wherever there are people, they travel with us, and we come into contact with them as we travel, work, go to school, or just complete daily errands. A bed bug infestation can occur in any of our Arkansas homes because we may unknowingly introduce them inside.
Some of the most common places to come into contact with bed bugs include:
- Hotels and motels
- Airports and bus stations
- Shopping center
- Office buildings
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs like to live near their preferred food supply which is why they gravitate to our bedrooms. Bed bugs are nocturnal so hiding in the seams of mattresses and box springs, the cracks of footboards and headboards, and behind wall hangings (clock and pictures), put them near us as we sleep.
But, it is important to note that bed bugs don’t just stay in the bedroom. As the infestation develops, they will move throughout your home, using wires and cables as a highway. Other common hiding spots for bed bugs include behind the cushions of upholstered furniture, behind baseboards, under rugs, and inside electrical outlets.
Regularly inspecting areas of your home where bed bugs like hanging out will help you discover an infestation before it gets too large and out of control.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
The easiest way to eliminate bed bugs from Hot Springs homes and businesses is with the help of a trained and dedicated professional. For help removing or preventing problems with bed bugs in your house, partner with Advanced Pest Control.
We are a family owned and operated business dedicated to our customers and providing the services necessary to rid properties of bed bugs. Through thorough inspections, liquid residual treatments, mattress encasement, and follow-up services, we help home and business owners maintain bed bug-free properties.
We are passionate about providing advanced treatments that will produce advanced results! To learn more about our bed bug control services, contact our knowledgeable team of experts today!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
At Advanced Pest Control, we have put together a list of helpful pest control tips to help you prevent problems with bed bugs in your Arkansas home.
- Avoid purchasing secondhand mattresses and box springs.
- After buying new or secondhand clothing, immediately wash the items on a high heat cycle.
- Vacuum your house frequently to pick up stray bed bugs from the carpet and upholstered furniture.
- Place bed bug-proof covers over mattresses and box springs in your home.
- When in public, especially in transportation hubs, never leave your personal belongings on the floor or near other people’s belongings.