Why Roanoke Rapids Residents Ought To Avoid DIY Bed Bug Solutions
You can solve some things in life with a bit of elbow grease and a quick internet search. A bed bug infestation is not one of these things. If you suspect your Roanoke Rapids home has a bed bug problem and are looking for a reliable solution to get these pests out fast, here are a few things we recommend and some reasons to avoid a DIY solution.
What Are Bed Bugs?
If you have never heard of bed bugs, they are small parasitic pests that rely on regular blood meals to survive. Most often, bed bugs get blood meals by hiding around homes and feeding on homeowners while they sleep. The question is, how do these pests get inside in the first place. Interestingly, bed bugs can’t survive outdoors but only live indoors with humans. In order to get around, these pests use items people carry. Your backpack is their taxi; your luggage their international airline. Any item you bring into your home could be hosting bed bugs.
Bed Bug Hotspots
Because bed bugs need people to survive, it is only natural that they are more common around the areas people live and conduct commerce. Common bed bug hotspots include hospitals, daycare facilities, schools, airports, hotels, and movie theaters. If you find yourself in one of these areas, be extra cautious about where you leave your personal belongings. It only takes a bed bug 20 minutes to crawl from an infested item to your backpack, luggage, briefcase, etc.
How To Know Your Home Has Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are not invisible, but they are incredibly good at hiding. When you are awake, these pests are deep inside cracks and crevices throughout your home. It is important that you know how to identify a bed bug as well as the signs these pests leave behind.
You can identify a bed bug by its reddish-brown, oval-shaped, apple seed-sized body. When fully engorged with a blood meal, a bed bug takes on a deeper red color and can grow to five times its normal size.
To identify bed bugs by the signs they leave around homes, keep your eyes out for these things:
- Bloodstains around sleeping areas
- Dots of reddish-black fecal matter in corners and around cracks and crevices
- Cream-colored, almost see-through eggs inside cracks and crevices around your house
- A musty coriander-like odor around your home
- Bites on your skin in a straight line or zig-zag pattern
Why DIY Fails With Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are one of the most resistant and resilient pests that exist. When faced with danger, it is not uncommon for these tiny bugs to flee deep into the recesses of a home. A bed bug can survive up to five months without a blood meal. So, if you apply a treatment to get rid of these pests improperly, your infestation will come back; it’s only a matter of time. We should also mention that products used to treat bed bugs are often dangerous when applied in the wrong amounts or in the wrong locations.
How We Handle Bed Bugs
At Virginia / Carolina Pest Management, we understand bed bugs. We know where these pests hide and how to apply treatments so that escape isn’t an option. Our methods are tested, tried, and proven to handle bed bug problems quickly and effectively. Using only advanced pest control tactics and industrial-grade products, we will make sure your home gets the best service available.