Children that sneak into your bed late at night are “cuddle bugs” and can be the source of great pleasure – if of course, it is not a nightly event!
There, unfortunately, is another bug that is good at quietly sneaking into your bed and evokes entirely different emotions; horror and disgust. The Bed Bug! What are they and why are they in my bed?
These little bugs are good at going undetected until they have had plenty of time to have families; lots of them. Bed bugs can lay 1-5 eggs in a day and can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime!
They want your blood and are able to access and feed until they are about 7 times their body weight before they crawl back to their home to digest. That is like an average size male drinking 120 gallons of liquid!
Bed bug hatchlings are so tiny they can slip through a stitch-hole in a mattress. They can also be found in the carpets, curtains, under wallpaper, and inside the wall outlets. They wait for the stillness of sleep to arrive so that they can come out and feed!
Highest Infestation Areas
Bed bugs can become a problem so quickly it is essential that as soon as there is a concern, it is addressed.
The highest infestation areas are usually in multi-family dwellings, apartments, college dorms, and rental properties with high turn over like hotel and motels!
Hotels and Motels
It is recommended that all luggage be vacuumed thoroughly and clothing is washed in hot water when you return from traveling.
Rental properties can be cleaned and readied for a new tenant with these little insects hiding out in the wall outlets, drapes, baseboards, and mattresses. The juveniles are so small that they are easily overlooked.
Having a professional bug buster as part of your team can often be the most financially beneficial. Once an infestation has taken hold, it can be quite costly, especially with rental properties.
Moving a tenant to a new unit will not solve the problem. It is best to be proactive when it comes to these invaders.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see a family retrieve a “perfectly good” mattress from a trash area. This is never a good idea as bed bug eggs are not readily visible and you may be taking an uninvited guest into your clean home.
Related: Traveling Bed Bugs
Bed Bug Pest Control
Most importantly, education and identification is the key to winning this battle! Often times it is not clear how or where they got into your house. More important is getting them out!
Bed bugs do not care how clean or messy your home is. All they are searching for is a warm body and a dark place to hide.
As with anything, when in doubt, call Croach® for an inspection and our professionals can help you to develop a plan of action. Keeping our families safe and comfortable is always a top priority on our list!
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