Ways to Treat and Prevent Bed Bugs

bedbug-bite3Bed bugs could be your worst enemy if you don’t treat them seriously. Although they do not pose any immediate health threats, they can potentially result in severe allergic reactions. Let me break down the reasons why they appear and ways to prevent them here.

Bed bugs do not just appear out of nowhere, the most common way of getting an infestation is through used beds and furniture. It is very hard for you to determine what causes bed bugs to appear at the first place because sometimes travellers unknowingly bring them back to their home from hotels. Bug beds like to hide in the cracks under the mattress and bed frames. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not thrive on dirty environments; instead, as long as they have plenty of room to hide in a warm place, they will continue to survive and flourish. Bed bugs travel and spread fast – once your home gets infested, you are in for some serious trouble.

If you have signs of constant itching at night and even blood on your bed sheet, chances are you have a bed bug problem. Bed bugs are the most active during night time and feed on human and animals blood to survive. They can severely get in the way of your sleep, causing you to feel exhausted and restless all the time. Studies have shown that these little creatures cannot carry diseases, but continuous itching and sleeplessness are already irritating enough. In some cases, serious itching can also cause allergic reaction, which has to be treated right away to prevent a skin infection.

So how should you treat them if you happen to have such a problem at home? First, conduct a thorough search under your bed and furniture such as couches and closets. Clear out all the items and check the hidden cracks and areas to ensure a careful inspection. If you do discover a problem, the best solution is to hire professional help from a pest control company. Common treatment methods used in bed bug control include vacuuming and biocides. Doing it yourself is possible, but if the examination is not through enough, the problem could still persist. Besides, incorrect use of chemicals could be harmful to you and your family. Therefore, professional help is strongly recommended in the case of any pest situation.

If you encounter the above problem in the future, do not hesitate to contact professional companies. Their effort can really save you the time and cost. What you can do at least to prevent the problem from breaking out again is examining your furniture and mattresses regularly, and make sure that everything you bring back from travels are disinfected and cleaned. That way, you can effectively reduce the chances of getting an infestation.