It seems that bed bugs are still on the rise in St. Louis and Missouri. We continue to get calls from homeowners who have found or suspect that they have acquired a bed bug problem and are wondering what to do next. With many rumors out there about do-it-yourself bed bug treatments, we wanted to make sure that you understand the do’s and don’ts when it comes to bed bug control. Hint: Throwing away your furniture is NOT the solution!
Inspecting For Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are nighttime feeders. They remain well hidden behind walls, furniture, picture frames, electrical outlets, under carpet and in other secluded areas. Although the name suggests they are simply invading your bed, this is rarely the case. Bed bugs tend to come out at night and sense humans by our body warmth and the carbon dioxide we breathe. They will crawl out of hiding to feed and find a spot on your skin to get a blood filled belly, leaving you with itchy, red bed bug bites. In order to inspect for bed bugs you really want to focus on looking for evidence since you are not likely to see the parasitic insects themselves. If you suspect you have these pesky critters but cannot find any evidence, contact a professional to take a look. They are very hard to spot and easy to miss if you aren’t trained to know what to look for. Here are some of the things you can usually find if you do have an infestation.
Small dark spots of fecal matter or blood- left on sheets after they have had a meal.
Light brown colored, small, almost translucent skin casings- As bed bugs grow from nymph to adult, they shed their skins, leaving behind evidence of their presence.
Itchy red bumps on the skin- usually in a line of three, this is known as the breakfast, lunch and dinner for bed bugs. Keep in mind that not everyone reacts to bed bug bites the same way (similar to stinging insect or mosquito bites) so this is not always the best indicator.
What To Do If You Have Bed Bugs
Ok, so you found the signs above, and perhaps even a few live bed bugs. Now what?
First things first, do not panic. Bed bugs do not transmit any diseases to humans so while they are not a danger to you or your family, they are still a major nuisance. They multiply quickly and are great at hiding. Finding and getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy task and should ALWAYS be left to the pest control professionals.
Throwing out your mattress is not an effective solution to eliminate a bed bug problem since they don’t live exclusively in beds. Just call the St. Louis bed bug control team at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions and say so long to your bed bug infestation. Rottler provides the latest in bed bug control technology including bed bug heat treatments and K9 inspections to give you total peace of mind. So, if bed bugs appear, just give us a yell!