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Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite: The Effective Control Solution For Your Saratoga Springs Home

September 28, 2023 - bed bugs

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Just a few decades ago, it was rare to find bed bugs in your home. Many people thought that these tiny bugs were extinct. In the early 2000s, however, bed bugs made a fierce comeback and can now be found in many public areas and homes around the country. 

It is rare to have just one bed bug in your home. If you see a bed bug crawling around your house, you should have it inspected by experienced Saratoga Springs bed bug exterminators like the ones at TrueShield Pest Control. We know how to stop the bed bugs from biting and keep them away from your home.

Visual Clues: Identifying Bed Bugs By Appearance

Bed bugs have small, flat, and dark-colored bodies. They eat a blood-only diet to survive. When they haven't fed in a while, their bodies are dark reddish-brown, flat, and resemble an apple seed. After taking a blood meal, their bodies turn reddish and swell slightly to look more plump and elongated. 

These bugs are so small that they are able to slide their bodies under your mattress, in between the cushions on your furniture, and in any other tight-fitting space in your home. Their unique ability to hide in plain sight makes them difficult to detect. However, when our bed bug control technicians find these bugs in a home, they usually see these signs first:

  • Small drops of blood on furniture and bedding are caused by accidentally crushing a bed bug that recently fed. 

  • Small, dark, and round spots on mattresses and other cloth objects.

  • Noticing a strong, pungent smell that gets stronger when you get close to a bed bug's favorite hang-out spots, such as beds, furniture, or piles of clothing.

  • Seeing small bed bug eggs that are off-white and about the size of a grain of salt.

If you see any of these signs in your home, you should schedule a bed bug inspection with an experienced pest control technician as soon as possible.

Little Hitchhikers: How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Inside

Considering that bed bugs cannot jump or fly, many people are surprised by how quickly a bed bug can climb onto your clothing or bags when out in public. When you visit a hotel, dressing room, nursing home, or other highly populated public place infested with bed bugs, you are likely to have several bugs crawl on you. Bed bugs use their advanced senses to detect when a warm human body is near. Their small size allows them to easily climb onto your personal belongings and hitch a ride back to your home. 

Once the bed bugs find their way into your home, getting them to leave won't be easy. The female bed bugs must take a blood meal to produce eggs. Once fed, they can lay around five eggs a day for seven days. As long as you find new bed bug bites on your skin, you will likely continue to find eggs and bed bug larvae in your home.

If bed bugs infest your home, you will need a professional bed bug inspector to check every crevice of your home to ensure the eradication of the entire infestation.

Professional Bed Bug Control: Call In The Experts Right Away

Bed bugs have developed an immunity to most store-bought pesticides; this is primarily why DIY bed bug control solutions don't work. The store-bought pesticides and other home remedies can cause your infestation to worsen. When you spray these chemicals, many of the bed bugs will retreat further into the crevices of your home, where they will continue to lay eggs.

There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for bed bug control. When trying to eliminate bed bugs from your home, you will need to develop a customized plan that suits your needs. Professional bed bug control is the best way to eliminate these bugs from your home because a professional will know which treatment is best for the infestation in your home. Multiple bed bug treatments are sometimes required to eliminate all bed bugs from your home. 

Maintaining A Bed Bug-Free Home: Prevention Strategies

To keep these bugs out of your home, you should be vigilant in public places and inspect hotel rooms before sleeping. Another thing you can do to keep bed bugs out of your home is to team up with the professionals at TrueShield Pest Control. Our Saratoga Springs bed bug exterminators will quickly eliminate the bed bugs in your home and develop an effective prevention plan that keeps them out of your house for good. Give us a call today to get your free quote on home pest control.

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