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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are apple seed-shaped insects that feed on human blood, and the blood of some animals like birds, cats, and dogs as their sole source of nutrition. 

Bed bugs move from place to place passively. They rely on people to move them to new locations, meaning bed bugs can end up in any of our Raleigh homes or businesses. Bed bugs live indoors, so the weather doesn’t really affect how active these pests are. However, when people increase their travel habits, like during the summer months, bed bugs infestations in Raleigh increase because they are being moved from place to place at a faster rate.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Having bed bugs in your home isn’t a huge health risk to you or your family. However, living in a house with bed bugs can result in:

  • The development of secondary infections by scratching at their bite sites.
  • A lack of sleep. Trying to get any sleep while knowing you are sharing your bed with bed bugs is almost impossible!
  • Allergic reactions to bed bug saliva ranging from mild swelling at the bite sites to a serious allergic reaction.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

You can come into contact with bed bugs inside almost any structure, including homes, apartment buildings, hotels, airports, schools, hospitals, laundry mats, and anywhere else people spend time. After crawling into our purses, luggage, bags, or onto our clothing, we can bring hitchhiking bed bugs into our homes. 

Secondhand items already infested with bed bugs are another way these insects move into our Raleigh homes. Things like used mattresses, furniture, rugs, and even electronics may already be infested with hitchhiking bed bugs before you bring them into your house.

Where will I find bed bugs?

There is no getting around the fact that you will find bed bugs wherever there are people. Bed bugs love people because our blood is their preferred food source. Homes and businesses across the country provide a haven for bed bugs. 

Some of their most common hiding spots in our homes include the seams of mattresses and upholstered furniture, cracks in walls and wood furniture, electrical outlets, and areas of clutter. Regularly inspecting your house for bed bugs will help you identify an infestation before these pests can take over.

When bed bugs first enter a home, they will hang around sleeping areas, like our bedrooms. As the infestation grows, they will crawl throughout your house, infesting multiple areas and creating a larger infestation.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are pests that are extremely difficult to eliminate without the help of a trained and experienced bed bug professional. At the first clue that bed bugs are in your house, immediately reach out to us at Southern Pest Solutions. Our professionals will begin the process of eliminating bed bugs by having one of our trained and experienced professionals perform a thorough inspection and provide you with a preparation checklist. We will then treat the infestation using specialized vacuums and liquid treatments. 

Our goal is to entirely eliminate all bed bugs from your home to ensure you can sleep soundly once again! Contact Southern Pest Solutions today to learn more about our effective bed bug control solutions or to request your free quote!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

We have compiled a list of our most helpful tips to help you keep bed bugs from establishing themselves in your Raleigh home.

  • It is important to take great care when purchasing secondhand items like mattresses and furniture. Secondhand items need to be thoroughly inspected for bed bugs and cleaned before bringing them into your home.
  • Vacuum your house regularly to rid it of stray bed bugs that may have found their way inside.
  • Take away the bed bug’s favorite hiding spots by always keeping bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs. 
  • Be vigilant and regularly inspect your home for hiding bed bugs.
  • When traveling, always inspect your hotel room for bed bugs, and upon returning home, thoroughly clean out suitcases and wash and dry all clothing taken on a high heat cycle.