The cimex lectularius, commonly known as the bedbug, is a pest that can invade homes, hotels, and other public spaces. A bedbug is a small, parasitic bug that must feed on blood to mature and produce eggs. While they are not known to transmit disease (unlike other pests of this nature), they can have negative effects on physical and mental health.
What Attracts Bedbugs to Your Home?
A common myth is that bedbugs are attracted to dirt and clutter and people with dirty homes are more likely to have bedbug infestations. In truth, bedbugs are attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide, making mattresses one of their prime breeding grounds. For this reason, an otherwise spotless home is still attractive to a bedbug.
Signs That Your Home Has Bedbugs
You should inspect your mattress periodically for signs of bedbugs. You may see small spatters of blood, small dark spots of excrement, or the bugs and eggs themselves. You may also find that you have developed mysterious welts on your arms and legs that itch. These welts are common signs of bedbug bites.
How to Avoid Bringing Bedbugs into Your Home
Bedbugs are notorious hitchhikers and can be found almost anywhere, including planes, hotels, and movie theaters. As people move from place to place, bedbugs move with them. Keep the following precautions in mind:
- Inspect hotel mattresses and bedding for signs of bedbugs. Place suitcases on tables or in the bathtub to limit exposure to bedbugs.
- When returning home, leave suitcases in the garage. Take all clothing straight to the laundry. Wash with hot water and dry at the highest heat setting for at least 30 minutes.
- Avoid moving second-hand furniture into your home, especially mattresses, and never bring home something you picked up for free curbside.
Steps to Take If You Suspect Your Home Has Bedbugs
While the internet is saturated with at-home cures for bedbugs, these methods are completely ineffective and allow the problem to worsen. The only viable solution to take is to contact ARD Pest Control, with 40 years of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. ARD has access to specialized equipment and products that will safely kill and remove bedbugs from your home.
If you suspect you have bedbugs, contact ARD Pest Control right away. With over 40 years of experience, our professional technicians can quickly and safely eradicate bedbugs from your home.