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What should I do if I have a bed bug infestation?

by September 3, 2021 Bed Bugs

Perhaps you’ve woken up with bug bites all over your body, or you’ve noticed rust-colored stains on your bed linens...maybe you’ve even found spots of blood in various places on your sheets. If so, it’s likely that you’re facing a bed bug infestation. If you’ve already checked and found other signs of infestation like discarded exoskeletons or a musty odor around bed bug hiding places, it’s time to take action. If you have a bed bug infestation in your home, it’s time to call a professional.

Bed bugs are extremely difficult to eradicate on your own. Their infestations include critters in various stages of a bed bug life cycle – and if you don’t eliminate all of them in every stage, you’ll have a recurrence. A professional will perform an evaluation, discuss a treatment plan with you, and seal off the affected areas to begin work as soon as possible.

Henderson Pest Elimination is an excellent choice for effective bed bug treatment in this area. They will leap into action, ensuring the infestation is taken care of quickly and discreetly.

The next step is preventing recurrences. Your technician will advise you on a treatment plan moving forward, if necessary – but there are also things you can do to keep your home bed bug-free for the days and weeks to come.

  • Be careful when bringing used clothing, furniture, drapes, or accessories into your home. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and can live quite a while without feeding – for example, if a couch came from a home with bed bugs, it’s very possible that those little guys or their eggs could still be hiding inside, waiting to find a new host to feed on.
  • Check mattresses and sheets in hotels for signs of bedbugs, especially around the corners of the mattresses – pull up the mattress covers and look for dark brown or black spots that come from their excrement and read reviews before staying in hotels to ensure other travelers haven’t complained of bed bugs. If you see any signs in a room, change rooms immediately or find a different hotel.
  • Wash your sheets in hot water and dry them on the highest heat setting possible – doing so will ensure that any bedbugs or eggs will be killed by the heat.
  • Use protective equipment on mattresses and pillows, like sealed mattress protectors.
  • Reduce clutter throughout the home, especially in close proximity to beds.

Bed bugs are not to be taken lightly. Their presence can have significant physical and psychological effects, so it’s important to act quickly if you have a bed bug infestation in your home. To completely eradicate and prevent future infestations, contact us today to connect with a highly-qualified pest control professional.

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