The return of bed bugs
Back with a vengeance, the new generation of bed bugs has returned. “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” has a whole new meaning!
How did THAT happen?
Stronger and more resilient than ever, bed bugs have found their way back. Once thought to be eradicated, the return of the bed bug has a familiar story. The treatment was found to be extremely dangerous to humans.
We are now more aware of health and safety issues with harmful chemicals. What once wiped out infestations of roaches and bed bugs turned out to also cause cancer. We are now strictly monitored on the usage of chemicals and thankfully so.
4 things to know about bed bugs:
- First of all…bed bugs have nothing to do with cleanliness.
- Some call them “hitchhikers” because they ride home on the bottoms of your shoes, your luggage, purses, and backpacks.
- Watch where you sit, as they usually hide out on soft or upholstered surfaces like beds, sofas, carpets.
- Unfortunately, they can travel from room to room in apartment buildings, five star hotels, and dormitories.
Brace yourself for this.
All bed bugs are looking for is a good meal and a place to hide, they don’t need trash or filth, just your blood. These pests like a good “blood meal”.
After engorging themselves on your blood (while you sleep), bed bugs scurry away to hide in the seams of a mattress, under the baseboards, sometimes behind the paintings on the walls.
Signs of bed bugs
How do I find bed bugs?
- Tiny blood stains that look like rust on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark/rusty spots of bedbug excrement on bedding, mattresses and walls
- Fecal spots, eggs shells or shed skins in hiding places
- A musty odor
What can I do to get rid of bed bugs?
The treatment is no longer harmful to humans, but it takes a team effort and multiple treatments to rid a home or business of bed bugs.
If you think you have bed bugs, call professionals ASAP. There are plenty of DIY applications you can attempt, but are you comfortable with baking soda to get rid of a pest that eats a “blood meal” and hides in your bed?
We will return in 7-14 days and treat it again (because eggs will have hatched by then). You will have some work to do as well. Our technicians will leave you with a checklist of things to do, like washing and drying all linens with high heat.
Getting rid of bed bugs is not fun and it’s not easy, but it CAN be done. Our licensed pest technicians are making their way all over the Memphis, Tennessee area and North Mississippi including Oxford, Tupelo, and New Albany. Let us help you fight the war against pests.