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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that are most well-known for infiltrating sleeping areas and biting unsuspecting humans resting there. They are approximately the same size and shape as an apple seed, and generally dark brown or black to reddish-brown in color, depending on the last time they fed.

Bed bugs reproduce quickly, and an infestation of these pests can become widespread throughout your property in no time, which is why proper bed bug treatment applied by professionals is the best way to defeat these insects.

Bed bug in a home

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Even though bed bugs are small insect invaders, they can be quite dangerous. Bed bug bites are not known to transfer any serious diseases, but they are itchy, and the bite sites may develop secondary infections due to scratching. Bed bug bites may also trigger allergic reactions, some mild and some as serious as anaphylaxis.

Many individuals dealing with a bed bug infestation may also find themselves suffering from anxiety, insomnia, and stress due to fear of bed bugs in their homes and sleeping areas. It’s important to get rid of bed bugs as soon as possible to avoid these issues.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs typically hitchhike from area to area unnoticed, hiding in clothes, bags, or luggage. The most common way to pick up a bed bug problem is by staying in a bed bug-infested spot and accidentally transporting these insects back home with you. It’s important to learn which bed bug signs to look out for, such as staining, visual sightings, and unpleasant odors, so that you can avoid ending up with an invasion of these pests.

Where will I find bed bugs?

You will most likely find bed bugs hiding around bed frames, mattresses, pillows, sheets, and bedroom furniture. However, bed bugs can and will spread throughout your property as an infestation persists. You may find them along the seams of any furniture, hiding in closets and fabrics, around electrical outlets, and even in lighting fixtures or stuffed animals.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The best way to get rid of bed bugs and ensure an infestation doesn’t return is to contact Bugs Northwest. Our team will help determine the places in your home with bed bugs and provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your property’s needs. Call us today to learn how we can help you with your bed bug removal needs.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Prevent future bed bug infestations by following our expert tips below to avoid introducing these insects to your property in the first place.

  • Always check for signs of bed bugs when staying in hotels to avoid picking up these pests. Signs of bed bugs include reddish staining, unpleasant or musty odors, and visual sightings of the bugs themselves.

  • Elevate luggage and bags when traveling to stop bed bugs from crawling on them and hiding, eventually hitchhiking back home with you.

  • Check secondhand furniture and appliances for bed bugs before moving them into your house; use gloved hands and a credit card to check fine cracks or locate signs of staining.

Bed bugs are one of the most troublesome pests due to their prolific nature and itchy bites, but you don’t have to handle them alone. Bugs Northwest is ready to help you with expert bed bug and pest control in Grants Pass. Contact us today for assistance.

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