Bed bugs continue to be a problem in commercial and residential properties. If you live in an apartment complex, a small bed bug problem can become a large infestation as these insects spread quickly to adjacent apartments. If you suspect bed bugs in your apartment, you'll need help from your landlord and a pest control company to manage the situation before it gets worse. Here is why these tiny insects are such a problem and how you can work with the pest control company to get rid of them.
Spotting These Pests in Your Home
If you wake up itching and you have a skin rash, you may have bed bugs. Look for tiny spots of blood or dark black specks (the insect waste) on your sheets. However, these insects prefer to feed at night, so there may be no sign of them in the sheets by the time you wake up scratching.
Bed bugs feed on human blood and don't live far from their food supply. Look for these brown insects the size of a grain of rice in the following places:
Even more important is finding the bed bug eggs. These are small and white, also the size and shape of a grain of rice. The eggs will be in clusters and can remain dormant for several days before they hatch.
To Get Rid of Bed Bugs You Must Eliminate All Eggs
As long as eggs are present in your apartment, you'll have a bed bug problem. Killing the adults but leaving egg clusters means that you'll have another infestation in a few day when the eggs hatch. A pest control service knows where to look for the eggs and destroy them before they hatch.
While the pest control service applies the bed bug treatment to your apartment, there are several tasks you need to do to help find and destroy the adult insects and their eggs, including:
After vacuuming, dump the bag outside so any eggs you've picked up won't hatch in the bag and spread the problem.
After living with a pest problem in our home for years, I kind of figured the bugs were there to stay. I had tried just about every kind of at-home treatment that I could think of, but nothing was working. It was frustrating, but I knew that there had to be something that could help. After failing for what seemed like the millionth time, I finally decided to work with a professional exterminator. The expert was incredibly proficient and knowledgeable about pest problems, and remarkably, he removed all of the pests from our house that day. This blog is all about working with a pro to eliminate pest problems.