Bed bugs are many people’s worst nightmare. Luckily, if you’ve discovered bed bugs in your home or business, Poulin’s has effective techniques for getting rid of them for good. As unpleasant as they are, it’s useful to learn a little about bed bugs, so that you know how to spot them and how to handle them.
- Not just night owls
Probably because of their name, people tend to associate bed bugs with nighttime. Interestingly, bed bugs aren’t necessarily nocturnal. As creepy as it sounds, they often base their schedule on when you’re spending time motionless or sleeping. If you work nights and sleep during the day, then bed bugs in your home may tend to come out during the day instead.
- They can hide anywhere
Another common misconception about bed bugs is that they live exclusively in beds, but they can live almost anywhere. They can hide in places such as window and door frames, curtains, baseboards, sofas, headboards, chairs, nightstands, tables, and other furniture. For this reason, it is important to be thorough in the inspection and treatment of bed bug problems.
- They won’t make you sick
While they might make you sick to your stomach, one good thing about bed bugs is that they are not likely to carry any disease that can be transmitted to humans. They can, however, leave swollen, itchy bites for some people.
- They’re survivors
Unfortunately, leaving your home empty for a few weeks won’t get rid of bed bugs. They can survive for almost a year without food — a feat you’d consider impressive if it didn’t make dealing with them that much trickier. They are also resistant to cold temperatures.
- Not everyone reacts to the bites
People often suspect that they have a bed bug problem when they notice little red bumps on their bodies; however, reactions aren’t a very good indicator. Not only could those red bumps be the sign of something else altogether, but a lot of people don’t react to bed bug bites at all.
- Treatment is tricky
Unfortunately, getting rid of bed bugs is no easy task. For that reason, it’s a problem you shouldn’t try to tackle on your own. Bed bugs have become resistant to some of the pesticides traditionally used to exterminate them, which has made new treatment techniques necessary. Bed bugs can require multiple treatments and inspections to be certain you are rid of them. Regular vacuuming, insecticidal dusts, the use of a dryer to heat-treat fabric items, containment including bedding encasements, and inspecting for activity are all parts of a successful treatment plan.
Bed bug control in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta
Having bed bugs in your home can be stressful and unpleasant. That’s why our team at Poulin’s Pest Control uses the most up-to-date technology in commercial and residential pest control and promises efficient service. Contact us today to leave your pest problems in the past.