How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Orange County Home
November 15, 2021 - Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are probably one of the most feared, and most misunderstood, pests in Orange County, California. While most people know bed bugs are invasive and hard to remove, these bugs are often misidentified for other pests. There are also many misconceptions surrounding how bed bug infestations get started.
First of all, it’s important to know what bed bugs look like as they are often mistaken for other pests such as ticks or fleas. While bed bugs are small, keep in mind that they aren’t invisible to the human eye. They are about the size of an apple seed and are a reddish-brown color. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies, but they become bloated after they’ve had a meal of blood.
While seeing bed bugs is one way to know if you have an infestation, there are other telltale signs of bed bug activity. Often these signs show up before you ever see the bed bugs themselves.
Here are some other signs of bed bugs to look out for:
- Brown stains and smear marks around bedding, walls, and other furniture
- Rusty blood spots on mattresses and other bedding
- Small insect eggs that can be anywhere from white to dark brown
- Noticing small rows or clusters of tiny bed bug bites on your skin
Why Bed Bugs Are So Difficult To Prevent
Bed bugs can be difficult to identify, but they are even more challenging to prevent. This mostly has to do with how these infestations start in the first place. While many people assume that bed bugs just walk inside from the outdoors, they are actually more like hitchhiking stowaways.
They can be picked up from other people’s homes or all kinds of businesses, and since they are so small, you often won’t even realize they are there. They don’t attach to human skin, but they will grab a ride on our luggage, bags, or even clothes. Because of this, it’s hard to catch bed bug infestations before they are brought inside, as bed bugs can be found almost anywhere there are people.
Secondly, bed bug infestations can also start if you purchase second-hand items that are already infested and bring them into your home. While bedding and mattresses are common culprits, bed bugs can also be found in other furniture and even appliances.
Can You Remove Bed Bugs With DIY Methods?
It’s easy to assume that you can remove bed bugs on your own, and it’s also common to assume that this is the cheaper way to handle the problem. But, this is rarely the case. Bed bugs are truly one of the hardest pests to eradicate. In order to keep them from coming back, every single bed bug at every stage of their life cycle needs to be destroyed. And, because they are so good at hiding, even in tiny cracks in the walls, this is a challenging task.
Most DIY bed bug removal attempts result in a lot of frustration and wasted resources because while the infestation might seem to be gone at first, it will continue to return.
The only truly effective way to eliminate bed bugs from your home is with professional pest control assistance. This is because these services use special treatment options, such as heat treatments, that get rid of all of the bugs, including their eggs, at every source.
What Should You Do If You Have Bed Bugs Around?
If you’ve noticed any signs of bed bugs around your Orange County property, give the professionals at Cura Termite & Pest Control a call today. We will work with you to eradicate the infestation quickly and safely, and then we offer ongoing bed bug control services to ensure you don’t have an infestation again. We even offer free inspections, so it’s easy to get started. Just contact us online or give us a call today.