Get Rid of Bed Bugs in the Spokane Area
Bed bugs are annoying pests that can infiltrate any place where people or animals sleep, searching for blood to dine on. Because Spokane has a significant tourism industry, bed bugs travel here with visitors, and settle in. If you're traveling around the Spokane area, check for bed bug reports at area hotels and motels, and be sure to report them yourself if you experience an issue.
An infestation can happen to anyone, even the cleanest among us. Unfortunately, getting rid of them once your home or business has been contaminated is not so easy.
Not only are these pests small and difficult to locate, but they are resistant to many at-home pesticides, making them virtually indestructible. If you are struggling with a bed bug problem, Croach® Pest Control can help you find, kill, and prevent future infestations safely and effectively.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are small, flat parasitic insects that grow to be about the size of an apple seed and survive on the blood of humans and animals. They are wingless and reddish-brown in color.
While they may be seen by the naked eye, they are only active at night and usually hide in cracks and crevices within 8 feet of where people sleep during daylight hours. So, it's likely you won't actually see the bed bugs, but you will observe other signs of their presence.
Are They Dangerous?
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Still, they can cause a number of annoying problems, such as:
- Bite marks
- Loss of sleep
- In rare cases, allergic reactions
How Do They Get Into Homes?
Bed bugs usually spread between people as they travel. They are known for hiding in the cracks of clothing, luggage, and furniture until they come into contact with someone to feed on.
For this reason, infestations have nothing at all to do with clean or dirty places, but rather who has been exposed to them. Check for the latest bed bug reports in hotels and apartments you've recently visited for possible sources of your infestation. Also review tips from the Washington State department of health.
What Are the Signs of Bed Bugs in the Spokane Area?
Cold, dry climates have fewer problems. Washington experiences more bed bug issues in the summer months. Public places in the Spokane region cause most of the spread into single-family homes. Be proactive about watching for and cleaning your clothing and belongings when visiting hotels, nursing homes, child daycare centers, public transportation, the airport, movie theaters, and college dorms.
If you have bed bugs in your home, it's possible to see one crawling around on your sheets, however, it's far more likely that you would see the signs that they leave behind.
- Molted outer shells
- Blood stains on your sheets or mattress
- Fecal matter
- Dark spots on your sheets, mattress, or walls
How Do I Know if One Has Bitten Me?
Another key indicator that you could have an infestation in your home is bite marks on your body. Bed bugs bites are rarely felt as they are happening, but they often leave behind marks that can sometimes last for up to two weeks. The bite marks often look similar to those of mosquitoes or fleas.
They are usually red, inflamed, and itchy and can appear in a straight line or sporadically. Sometimes, other skin irritations can arise as a result of scratching bed bug bites.
If you notice bites on your body, be sure to:
- Avoid scratching them
- Apply an anti-itch cream to the infected area
- Take an antihistamine to help with discomfort
Tips to Prevent Infestations Near Spokane
While it's virtually impossible to eliminate bed bugs on your own once they have found a way into your home, there are practical steps you can take to help prevent acquiring them in the first place.
- Storing luggage and travel materials away from your bedroom and sofa
- Keeping the area around your bed clutter-free
- Vacuuming the crevices around your bed regularly
Bed bugs can happen to anyone, but you shouldn't try to eradicate them on your own. If your home has been infested, call the experts at Croach® Pest Control to handle the problem safely and effectively. We get rid of other Spokane pests like ants, cockroaches, spiders, rats and mice, and wasps.
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