Because of the number of people living in large cities, bed bugs are able to hop from one home to another, infesting carpets, bedding, and even people’s clothing. Indianapolis is no different and residents must be on the defense when it comes to keeping bed bugs out of their homes. Keeping an eye out for signs of bed bugs and knowing when it is time to give a professional bed bug control expert a call is the best way to keep your home safe from a bed bug infestation.
Signs of bed bugs
If you suspect that you may have a bed bug problem in your home, the first place to check is along the piping, seams, or even the tag of your mattress. Rip off the sheet and carefully look in these places for:
- Red or brown spots caused by fecal matter
- Discarded exoskeletons, oval in shape
- Small reddish brown bugs in mattress that resemble appleseeds
- Red or blistered bites on exposed arms and shoulders in a trail or a cluster
While bed bugs do not usually pose a medical risk, letting bed bugs infest your home can create a stressful environment for you and your family. Female bed bugs can lay 3 to 5 eggs a day. This can cause an explosion of the bed bug population in your home in just a couple of months.
Getting your home free from bed bugs as soon as possible can help prevent you and your family from suffering painful, itchy bites, allergic reactions, and to stop the spread of bed bugs to more families. While some people do not show any evidence of being bitten by bed bugs, others can actually develop huge welts on their arms and neck. Sometimes, bed bug bites do not appear until 2 weeks after being bitten. This can make it difficult to identify where the bed bugs came from if you have been traveling.
What to do if you discover bed bugs
If you find signs of bed bugs or if your wake up with clusters or trails of itchy bites on your arms, neck, or shoulders, wash any bedding or removable cushions, including pillows, on high heat and dry on high heat to kill any bed bugs or eggs that may be in the fabrics. As your items are washing, immediately call your trusted pest control company so they can come and make a thorough inspection of your Indianapolis home.
Bed bugs are not the kind of pests that you want in your home a second longer than after they are discovered. They increase in number by the day and can cause a lot of stress for all members of the family who can not relax knowing they could wake up with lines or clusters of bites from these blood sucking bugs. A bed bug control professional will quickly eliminate the infestation so you are able to sleep peacefully once again.
In Indianapolis, give Trio Pest Control a call today to rid your home of bed bugs.