The bed bug infestations have been rising over the last several years. Those little creatures are appearing everywhere; even in places we’d least expect them. Bed bugs are very small, flat and a reddish-brown color. They compare in size to an apple seed. And no one is invulnerable to their presence. Dirty or clean, rich or poor, young or old. Bed bugs affect all people equally. They are really good at getting into our dwellings, and once they get in it’s very hard to get them out again. They are not disease transmitters so that is good news.
Because bed bugs are small and flat, they easily get into places we wouldn’t even think to look. You’ll find them in cracks and crevices, or along mattress seams. They get into sheets and blankets, furniture, behind base boards and wallpaper. Hotels are a breeding ground because the pickings are so plentiful; and since they feed mainly off human blood, hotels offer quite a buffet. While you’re sleeping they’ll get into your luggage, and without even knowing it you’ll take them home with you. Pretty soon your house is infected, and then you carry them to the store, the gym, the movie theatre, etc…
But lest you think hotels are the only ones with the problem, know that bed bugs also live in homes, stores, gyms and any other place where humans live. The female lays one to five punaises de lit 91 eggs per day, so before you know it one bug has become a hundred. These bugs exude a sickly sweet odor, so if there are enough of them in one area you’ll start to smell them.
So, how do you get rid of the little buggers? There are some steps you can take to get rid of them if you are already infested. Additionally, there are steps that can be followed to keep them away. The very first thing is to try to detect their presence in your living areas. Possibly you already know they are there. If you’re not sure, you’ll want to check and clean them up before they overwhelm you. You can investigate starting with your bedding. Check the seams on your sheets and blankets. Then examine the seams along the mattress. Lift up your mattress and check the box spring as well. They love to hang out in these various seams and crevices where they are not easily seen. Also take a look for small rusty-looking spots or blood spots. As they bite they cause minute bleeding. These blood spots usually show up on the bed somewhere. Once you’ve checked the sleeping areas, proceed to the rest of the house.