One of the most frustrating questions you can ask yourself is, “How did these nasty little pests get into my home?”
Here are the three common ways:
- Used furniture – The most common method that bed bugs will infiltrate your home is through used furniture, secondhand couches, loveseats, and even lazy-boy recliners. With all the trading on Craigslist, one popular way bed bugs find their way into people’s homes is through the buying and selling of furniture online.
- Guests and visitors –Many of our customers have learned of their bed bug problem after allowing a guest to stay in their home even for a short period of time. Unfortunately, this can go both ways—if you're a visitor in another home or a hotel where bed bugs are hiding, they can piggyback into your residence as well.
- Apartment living – Because of the close living quarters of multi-residential buildings, bed bugs have a hidden highway between walls where they can travel from one unit to another. You may not notice this problem until months later, but if you have lived in an apartment in the past six months, that may be where your bed bug problem started.
Whether you have recently visited a hotel with bed bugs or have a friend or family member who is staying over, there are many ways in which bed bugs can infiltrate the privacy of your home.
Take a look at what our customers have to say about us, and see why we are the most trusted bed bug exterminators in all of Tulsa, OK, and beyond.
How Do You Know If You Have Bed Bugs?
Knowing if you have a bed bug infestation can be crucial for taking prompt action.
Here are some signs and indicators that you might have bed bugs in your home:
- Visible Bed Bugs: Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed. Check your mattress seams, crevices, and other hiding spots for live bugs. They tend to hide during the day and come out at night.
- Bed Bug Bites: Bed bug bites can be itchy and appear in clusters or lines on the skin. They are often found on exposed areas like the face, neck, arms, and hands. However, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, so this is not always a reliable indicator.
- Blood Stains: After feeding, bed bugs often leave small bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases. These stains can be a result of you or a family member unknowingly crushing a bed bug while sleeping.
- Dark or Rusty Stains: Check for tiny dark or rusty spots on your mattress, bedding, or nearby furniture. These are fecal stains left behind by bed bugs.
- Shed Skin: As bed bugs grow, they shed their exoskeletons. You might find these translucent, empty skins in areas where bed bugs hide.
- Musty Odor: Some people report a sweet, musty odor in rooms infested with bed bugs. This scent can be faint and hard to detect, but it's worth noting.
- Small, White Eggs: Bed bug eggs are tiny, white, and oval-shaped. They are often found in cracks and crevices near their hiding spots.
- Bite Patterns: Bed bug bites often appear in a linear or clustered pattern, typically in groups of three or more. This is sometimes referred to as "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" due to the way bed bugs feed.
- Unexplained Itching or Skin Irritation: If you or your family members experience unexplained itching, rashes, or skin irritation, especially after waking up, it could be a sign of bed bug bites.
- Visible Bugs in Other Areas: Bed bugs are not limited to beds; they can infest other furniture, such as sofas, chairs, and dressers. Check these areas as well.
If you suspect you have bed bugs based on these signs, it's essential to take action promptly to prevent the infestation from spreading.
Chemical Bed Bug Treatments
If you are reading this, it’s likely you already have bed bugs.
Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, and the surrounding areas have seen a huge increase in reported cases of bed bugs in the past years.
Bed bugs leave behind droppings, which to the human eye look like small black dots on your bed. These dots can normally be found around the corner tufts of your mattress and box spring.
If you have seen these droppings, or if you have found a live bed bug and have cross-referenced it with pictures of live bed bugs on the internet, you have come to the right place!
Guardian Angel Exterminating is the top choice when it comes to effective bed bug control in the area.
No matter the extent of the infestation, we can get rid of them all using safe, reliable solutions.
Our exterminators always make it a point to send all pests to their eternal rest.
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