Are These Bed Bugs In My Riverside County Home?
June 15, 2020 - Bed Bugs
What does it take for you to get a good night's sleep? Some people can sleep on concrete without a pillow and wake up well-rested. Others spend their entire lives buying pillows, upgrading mattresses, and upping the threat count on their sheets and still can't find a good night's rest. Regardless of how much it takes for you to sleep well, we know something sure to keep you up at night; the thought of bed bugs biting you while you are asleep. These invasive blood-feeding pests are a bane on Riverside County homes. To help you keep bed bugs out of your Riverside home, here are some things you should know.
Where Bed Bugs Live
Bed bugs are a bit different from other pests. For one, they do not live outdoors. These pests almost exclusively live inside homes with people because they cannot survive outside of a temperature-controlled environment or without regular blood meals. When bed bugs are not hiding or feeding inside residences, they are out and about in temporary locations like airports, malls, and movie theaters.
How Bed Bugs Get Around
We know what you are thinking. If bed bugs can't survive outside of structures, how do they get around? It's simple. They hitchhike rides on items people carry. Your luggage is like an airplane to these pests, a used sofa, their bus. Bed bugs could use any object that travels from one place to another to get around. On occasion, bed bugs will leave an item during transit to hop aboard another one nearby; this is how infestations spread in places like bus stations, supermarkets, and entertainment centers.
Where You Are Most Likely To Pick Up Bed Bugs
Although bed bugs can be in any structure, they do prefer some over others. We call these areas hotspots. Some common hotspots you might run into bed bugs include hotels, hospitals, and apartment complexes. In these locations, bed bugs can feed regularly on people sleeping nearby, thereby enabling local infestations to grow and, in turn, increase the chances of bed bugs traveling home with unsuspecting visitors.
How To Identify A Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs themselves are difficult to spot. They hide during the day and move slowly and quietly at night. For this reason, we recommend using the signs these pests leave behind to identify them. Here are three common bed bug signs you should know about.
- Bloodstains: Bed bugs have a habit of dribbling blood after feeding. Most often, they will do this on and around sleeping areas.
- Fecal Droppings: After processing a blood meal, a bed bug leaves behind tiny reddish-black spots of excrement. You'll find these fecal droppings near cracks and crevices throughout the house.
- Shed Skins: A bed bug goes through several stages of development. Between each of these stages, it sheds its skin. Look for pieces of flaky husks near cracks and crevices around your home.
What To Do If Bed Bugs Invade
If you have been noticing signs of a bed bug infestation around your Riverside County home, there is only one thing left for you to do; get a professional involved. Bed bugs are known for their resilience and elusive nature. If you want these pests removed from your home properly, let the experts at Power Pros Pest Control lend you a helping hand. Our team of experts understands these invasive pests and has the training and advanced tools needed to stop them. Call us now to learn more about our bed bug control measures and schedule your Riverside County home for a thorough inspection.