Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that got their name for their love of hanging around human sleeping areas and biting people as they sleep. They are around the same size and shape as an apple seed and are usually dark brown to reddish-brown. Bed bug infestations typically start off small and go unnoticed due to this pest's hiding abilities. However, bed bugs quickly take over a property under the right conditions.

Bed bug signs to look out for include reddish staining on your bedding, unpleasant musty odors, and itchy bites on any limbs exposed while you sleep.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

While bed bugs don't transmit diseases through their bites, these pests are still dangerous to host around your property. Bed bug bites may trigger allergic reactions that range from mild itching and swelling to anaphylaxis, and secondary infections may occur due to the scratching of these bites.

Furthermore, sleeping issues, stress, and anxiety may all occur when you realize there are bed bugs on your property. It takes professional bed bug control to fully eliminate these pests and ensure they don't return.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bug problems typically start when an individual passes through an infested public area. The bed bugs will crawl onto the person's clothing, bags, or luggage, hitching a ride back to the person's home, car, office, or business. Once they detect a location where it's safe to emerge from hiding, and there are hosts to feed on, the bed bugs will crawl out of their hidden spots and infest this new area.

It's important to be on the lookout for bed bugs when traveling, as this is when people most commonly pick them up.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs are common in populated areas. You'll find them in hotels, laundromats, theaters, and public transportation. Once they end up on something or someone that comes into your home, they will gravitate to areas where people sleep, such as mattresses, bedroom furniture, sheets, and pillows. You may also find these pests in the seams of furniture, the cracks in walls, stored items and fabrics, and even inside utility outlets.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Local pest control for bed bugs is the best way to combat these pests, and High Country Pest Control is ready to help. Our professional bed bug control techniques for your home will eliminate all traces of them and help reclaim your property from these stressful, prolific, biting pests.

Call us now to learn more about our bed bug control plans or to get started.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Prevent future bed bug problems around your property by following our expert advice below:

  • Check for signs of bed bugs in hotels when possible, as bed bugs frequent areas with lots of humans coming and going.
  • Always elevate your luggage when using public transportation or staying in hotels or motels to stop bed bugs from easily crawling onto it overnight.
  • When you return from traveling, immediately wash all your clothing in hot water to eliminate any potential bed bug hitchhikers.
  • Consider vacuum-sealing the clothing you travel with to prevent bed bugs from hiding in it.
  • Always check secondhand furniture and appliances for signs of bed bugs before you move them into your home or business.

If you do end up with a bed bug infestation, only professional home pest control will effectively remove these pesky biting insects from your property. Contact our service professionals at High Country Pest Control at the first signs of bed bugs and allow us to safely remove these troublesome pests.

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