Bed Bug Identification & Prevention
About Bed Bugs In Reno
Unfortunately, many Reno residents are no strangers to bed bugs. These pests can spread throughout entire communities in no time at all, which is one reason why all homes are vulnerable to them. Because of this, everyone should know about this pest and when is the time to call a bed bug exterminator in Reno, NV.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Bed Bugs
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are parasitic insects; however, they do not live on a host but instead live close by so they can easily feed. They have a flat, oval-shaped body about ¾ of an inch long and are reddish-brown. After taking a blood meal, bed bugs will become redder and swollen.
Bed bugs are nocturnal, so you likely will not see them right away.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs are not dangerous pests. Although these pests bite and consume blood, their bites don’t hurt or transmit diseases but can itch afterward. And excessive itching of bed bug bites can lead to secondary infection.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
While most pests make their way inside on their own, bed bugs let people do the work for them. Most bed bug infestations happen because someone unknowingly picks them up in a public place, hotel, or on a secondhand item.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs reproduce quickly, and because of this, they spread quickly through any home they infest. While they prefer to be close to beds for feeding purposes, they are not limited to these areas. Bed bugs look for cracks and crevices where they can safely lay their eggs. Some places to look for bed bugs are:
- Seams of curtains
- Upholstered furniture
- Behind wallpaper and baseboards
- Electrical outlets
- Furniture joints
These pests can be just about anywhere in your home, so it is best to get an expert to perform an inspection.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
The biggest mistake people make when it comes to bed bugs is getting rid of them on their own. To effectively eliminate an active bed bug infestation, you have to target each life stage and not just adults. Only treating adult bed bugs will leave eggs and nymphs to grow and reinfest.
Reach out today to learn more about how Celtic Pest Control can help you with bed bugs.
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
While bed bugs are challenging to get rid of, they are also challenging to prevent. As mentioned above, bed bugs most often spread to a household by hitchhiking on an unsuspecting person. Because of this, you may not know that you are accidentally introducing this pest into your home. So the best way to prevent an infestation is by being vigilant and adding these steps to your routine:
- Check bags, jackets, and other personal items when returning home from school, work, or a public place.
- Don’t put your belongings on the flooring in a public place.
- Thoroughly look over hotel and motel rooms before your stay and always use a luggage rack, but not before inspecting it first!
- After returning from a trip, empty your luggage and clean them.
- Refrain from bringing secondhand goods into your home and inspect any you do, cleaning them diligently.
- Put mattress and box spring covers on all beds to add an extra layer of protection.
At the first sign of a bed bug infestation, contact us at Celtic Pest Control for home pest control in Reno you can rely on!
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