Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! Children’s books may have portrayed bed bugs as being cute little critters who tickle you in your sleep. As adults, we think differently! bed bugs ARE back and they are back with a vengeance. This new generation of bed bugs is stronger and more resilient than ever.
With the great return of bed bugs, it’s no surprise that an entire website is devoted to them. Their history can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece. It’s pretty interesting to read about how they have been used and treated over the ages. In the last 50 years, we once thought that bed bugs had been eradicated. However, the treatment for bed bugs was found to be extremely dangerous to humans.
We are now more aware of health and safety issues with harmful chemicals. What once would wipe out infestations of roaches and bed bugs turned out to also cause cancer. Today we are strictly monitored on the usage of chemicals and thankfully so. The treatment for bed bugs is no longer harmful to humans, but it does take a team effort and multiple treatments to rid a home or business of bed bugs.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs have nothing to do with cleanliness. They are called “hitchhikers” and will ride home on the bottoms of your shoes, your luggage, purses and backpacks. They usually hide out on soft or upholstered surfaces like beds, sofas, carpets. They can even travel from room to room in apartment buildings, five star hotels and dormitories.
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. Bed bugs like a good “blood meal”. After engorging themselves on your blood (while you sleep), they scurry away to hide in the seams of a mattress, under the baseboards, sometimes behind the paintings on the walls.
What are the signs of 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?
If you think you have bed bugs, it’s a really good idea to call professionals ASAP. There are plenty of DIY applications you can attempt, but how comfortable do you feel with baking soda getting rid of a pest that eats a “blood meal” and hides in your bed?
Contact us at Lawn and Pest Solutions and we will come inspect your home and if needed, treat it very thoroughly. Then we will come back 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, it’s not easy, but it can be done. For most, the worst part about bed bugs is just knowing they are there.Our licensed pest technicians are making their way all over the Memphis, TN area and North Mississippi including Oxford, Tupelo and New Albany. Let us help you fight the war against pests.