It’s been in the news and on the Internet, all of this talk about bedbugs. If you have been overloaded with in depth bed bug research, it’s time to go back to the basics. What are bedbugs, how do we get them, and how do we prevent them? Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions has the 411 on bed bugs for the residents or visitors to the St. Louis area so that you are prepared to battle the bed bugs as they continue to spread around hotels, homes, and businesses throughout the country and the world.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are a nuisance pest and they have been around since early colonists. They were remote for many years but since the ban of certain pesticides in the United States they seem to have made a comeback and continue to grow as a problem, infesting hotels, homes, and businesses across the country. Adult bed bugs are about 3/16 of an inch long and they are reddish brown in color. They feed primarily on human blood, but may also feed on other animals such as rodents and birds. Bed bug bites may or may not be symptomatic for you. Many people do not have any reaction to bed bug bites whereas some get red, swollen spots and a more severe reaction.
How do I get bed bugs?
A bed bug infestation is generally the result of traveling. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and they can easily make their way home from a vacation or businesses trip in your suitcase or on your clothing. Hotels and airplanes seem to be a hub for infestations to spread. Bed bugs can be found on mattresses, headboards, night stands, under carpet, on upholstered furniture, and really anywhere where they can hide during the day, then feed on humans at night.
How do I prevent bed bugs?
You do not have to bring bed bugs back from your trips. The key to preventing an infestation of bed bugs in your home or business is to thoroughly inspect any rooms you stay in while you are away. Proper inspection for bed bugs requires time, thoroughness, and an understanding of what to look for. Typical signs of an infestation will include:
- Dark spots which are the fecal matter from their waste,
- Light brown colored skins that they molt as they grow,
- Live bugs themselves.
Use a flashlight as you are inspecting your room because, again, bed bugs are nighttime insects, so they will be harder to spot during the day. It is important that as you are inspecting your room you keep your luggage and belongings outside! They could easily hop into your luggage and you could then bring the problem home with you. If you spot any signs of an infestation of bed bugs you will want to contact the hotel staff immediately to get a new room. Remember, just because one room has bed bugs does not mean every room is infested. As long as you are careful to avoid contact with bed bugs, you will be in good shape on your next trip.
Bed bugs do not have to be a problem in your home or business. Being educated and knowing how to inspect the rooms you stay in will keep you, your family, and your business bedbug free! If you would like more information on bed bugs in the St. Louis area, or if you have identified an infestation in your home or business, contact the St. Louis pest control experts today.