If you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning with bites, generally on your feet and ankles, you likely have a visitor in your bed called the bed bug. Bed bugs multiply quickly because the female typically lays five to seven eggs per week. This may not sound like a lot but, if you take into consideration how many females there may be, they quickly add up. As long as the female bed bug has access to blood, they will continue to lay eggs. This means one female can increase the number of bedbugs up to approximately 5,000 within six months. As you can see, it is of vital importance that you get rid of the bed bugs quickly before this happens.
Signs You Have Bed Bugs
Bed bugs like to hide in any crevice, such as on the mattress, as well as around the headboard and in the box springs. You may also find bed bugs inside things like books, radios, telephones, edges of the carpet, and inside electrical outlets.
Some signs that you have bed bugs besides the itchy sores on your feet and ankles include:
- Blood stains on your pillowcases and sheets
- Shed skins around mattress crevices
- Musty odor that comes from the bed bugs
Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Removing bed bugs from your home can be very difficult because of how quickly they multiply and how easily they can hide.
To get started, clean every possible hiding place. This means all bedding, linens, and any fabric that is washable. Launder these items in as hot of water as you can. You should wash everything at least two or three times. Vacuum around every crevice and seam on your mattress.
Bed bugs are very resistant to chemical insect pesticides that you purchase over the counter. Because of this, you can purchase a bed bug trap to contain the bed bugs while you are sleeping. Follow the directions on the trap on how to use it. You can also make your own bed bug trap if you want to save money.
Using a bed bug trap will work, but it will take a lot of time to catch every bed bug. For this reason, contact a professional pest removal company like Environmental Services Pest Control. They have much stronger insect repellents that will kill the bed bugs. They will likely have to make repeat visits for a certain amount of time, depending on how severe your bed bug infestation is.