Bed bugs can be a major headache and getting rid of bed bugs in Prosper, TX can be an even bigger headache unless you get professional help. At Stampede Pest Control, we are experts in ridding your home of unwanted insects, spiders, and rodents and we can take care of your bed bug issue. The first step is for you to learn as much as possible about bed bugs so that you can recognize the signs of an infestation before you call us.
What Bed Bugs Are
Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. They are long and brown with a flat, oval-shaped body before a meal and with a balloon-like, reddish-brown body after a meal. They survive by feeding off of the blood of mammals, including humans and household pets. Bed bugs are at their most active in the early morning hours, usually from around 3 am to 5 am, and they hide during the daylight hours. almost always as close as possible to their food sources. They can be found in homes, apartments, hotels, dormitories, and nursing homes – just about any place that people (and animals) spend time sleeping or resting. Though their bites are irritating and unsightly, bed bugs generally don’t pose a health threat to humans or animals. When you have bed bugs, you need professional help. They’re highly resistant to all over the counter treatments and their eggs can withstand both high and low temperatures. They require a full professional treatment which can sometimes require more than one visit.
The Ways Bed Bugs Can Invade Your Home
A bed bug invasion isn’t the result of poor housekeeping; in fact, anyone can have a bed bug problem. Bed bugs are unknowingly brought into homes in infested luggage, backpacks, purses, furniture, shoes, bedding, or clothing. They can even travel between apartments or rooms through cracks in the walls and floors. Hotels and dormitories are two of the more common primary sources when it comes to bed bugs; which is why many people discover they have an infestation after going on vacation or after their children have come home from college for a visit.
How To Spot A Bed Bug Infestation
Look for rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed. Look for tiny, dark spots that are either bed bug excrement or dried drops of blood. Look for red welts that are often itchy and appear in clusters on your neck, face, arms, and legs. Look for live bugs in a variety of places including the seams of furniture, under loose wallpaper and wall hangings, in electrical receptacles and appliances, and in drawer joints. Getting rid of bed bugs in Prosper, TX should be left to pest control professionals who will eliminate not only adult bed bugs but bed bug eggs as well. This may take several treatments and will require some help from you to keep the infestation from spreading. Vacuum bedding and furniture and put the contents of the vacuum into a sealed bag for disposal. Wash any affected bedding or clothing in hot water; anything that can’t be washed in water, like toys, backpacks, etc., should be tumbled in a hot dryer for at least five minutes. Reduce the clutter in your home to eliminate as many bed bug hiding places as possible. Getting rid of bed bugs in Prosper, TX is not a DIY project; it can only be handled by our experts at Stampede Pest Control, who understand bed bugs and know the right products to use to eliminate them. Call us at (713) 714-6970 or visit us at stampedepestcontrol.com to fill out an online contact form and to find valuable discounts.