Bed Bugs and the Damage They Can Do to Your Home

There is nothing cute about bed bugs. In fact, they can be destructive and annoying pests. You definitely don’t want them in your home. 

What are bed bugs? These pests hide in beds. They dig into bed frames and mattresses during the day. At night, they feed on pets and people. 

They do not have wings, are dark brown in color, have a flat and oval-faced body and are smaller than a ladybug. If they are in your room, you will smell their sweet, musty odor. They mark their territory by leaving red colored spots on your mattress or linen.You may find them in the mattress folds or behind the headboard. 

While you are sleeping, they may leave bite marks on your face, neck, arms or hands. These are not poisonous. Most people do not develop a reaction to them. However, scratching them may cause them to be infected. Most bed bug bites are red and swollen and have a dark spot at the center of each bite. They can be itchy, burning and fluid-filled blisters. They have to be cleansed. They usually improve in about 1-2 weeks though an over-the-counter pain reliever may need to be used. ***

You can find out if you have an infestation by blowing a hot hair dryer into cracks and crevices in the mattress and around the bed. This will force bed bugs out. 

Additionally, there are several easy ways you can prevent bed bugs from invading your home:

  1. Hang your clothing and move items stored under the bed.
  2. Travelers should decontaminate luggage, clothes, and other items when they get home. 
  3. Never place your luggage on the floor when traveling! Use hotel luggage racks and closet shelves. 
  4. Keep your suitcase away from your bed when you get home from a trip. Then dry your clothes through a dryer cycle before putting them away.
  5. Store your clothing in vacuum-sealed bags when you travel.
  6. After returning home, seal all your items that can’t be washed in a plastic bag for a couple of weeks.
  7. Frequent travelers can purchase a suitcase heater that can be adjusted to kill any bed bugs.
  8. Inspect any secondhand furniture, linen, or clothing for signs of bed bugs before purchasing it. 
  9. If you share a laundry room, transport your laundry in plastic bags. Only fold it when you get home.
  10. Vacuum everything including the bottom, the box spring and nearby furniture.

Like any household pest, sometimes prevention can stop bed bugs from ever entering your home. Just be aware of the signs and take action immediately.

One way to remove a bed bug infestation and prevent more is to have Pest Shield, Inc. inspect your home and do bed bug removal. We provide solutions with the client and the environment in mind, including heat, which can kill all stages of bed bugs, including their eggs; a bio-pesticide developed by researchers from Penn State; and other positive solutions for complete bed bugs eradication and bed bug pest control solutions. Call us at (301) 829-0060 for a free inspection.

We serve residential and commercial properties in Mt. Airy, MD, Frederick County, Montgomery County, Howard County, and Carroll County, Maryland.  

*** For more information on bed bug bites, visit the Health Line website

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