Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are nocturnal and move from their daytime hiding spots to bite through the skin of their sleeping hosts and feed on their blood. The best way to describe bed bugs is as temporary, external parasites. Once full, they retreat to their hideouts. Bed bugs don't live full-time on their hosts; they feed from outside their host's body.

Blood is the sole source of nutrition for bed bugs, and human blood is their preferred food source. Since we provide them with the nutrition they need to survive, bed bugs live where we live and spend significant time.

Bed bugs are flat oval insects with a shape similar to an apple seed. Young bed bugs are translucent or a yellowish color; as the bed bugs age, they turn a reddish-brown color and then a dark purplish color after digesting a blood meal. The best way to deal with bed bugs is reach out to us for pest control services in Plymouth, MA.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

The spread of diseases by bed bugs is not a threat; however, sharing your home with these biting pests is never ideal. Bed bugs bite and feed on our blood as we sleep. People can develop red, itchy rashes around the bite sites, and their presence in our homes is unsettling.

In order to limit the adverse effects that bed bugs have on you and your family, it is crucial to understand how to identify an infestation so you can eliminate them as quickly as possible. Common bed bug signs include:

  • Noticing a sweet, musty odor in an area(s) of your home that indicates a large infestation.
  • Finding dark streaks of excrement or drops of blood on mattresses, bedding, pillows, walls, or upholstered furniture.
  • You or your family members wake up with unexplained bug bites.
  • Finding piles of shed insect skins under mattresses, on the floor, or under piles of clutter.

For help identifying a bed bug infestation and removing them from your Plymouth area home, contact us at Combat Pest Control!

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs often end up in our homes after hitching a ride on our clothing or in our luggage, bags, or pieces of used furniture or mattresses and into our homes. Spending time in any structure where bed bugs are present can lead to a bed bug infestation when you return home.

Bed bugs in apartment buildings or other multi-unit buildings will crawl from one unit to another. Bed bugs move through hallways, wall voids, and ceilings.

Where will I find bed bugs?

You will find bed bugs living wherever there are people. The more people regularly move in and out of a structure, the more likely bed bugs will end up there.

Some of the most common public places to come into contact with bed bugs include hotels, cruise ships, airports, laundry mats, movie theaters, libraries, hospitals, shopping centers, and dormitories.

After bed bugs find their way into our homes, they quickly find dark, tight spaces to squeeze their bodies into to remain out of sight. Some places in your home you should regularly inspect for bed bugs are the seams of mattresses, the cracks of walls and wooden furniture, behind the cushions of upholstered furniture, and under piles of clutter.

Bed bugs like to live close to their hosts and infest areas of our homes where we spend most of our time, like bedrooms and living rooms.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The removal of bed bugs from your structure is not a do-it-yourself job. Eliminating a bed bug infestation takes the experience and quality treatments that professionals offer. At Combat Pest Control, we offer guaranteed bed bug control solutions that are not only effective but affordable. Our professionals will get to the root of your bed bug infestation, find and eliminate all the bed bugs present, and provide you with the support necessary to keep these and other pests away in the future. To learn more about bed bug control in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the surrounding areas, please call today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Bed bugs are pests that can find their way into any of our Massachusetts homes. Implementing the following bed bug prevention tips will help lower the chances of these pests finding their way into your home.

  • If possible, never purchase used mattresses for your home.
  • Take care when buying secondhand items. Always thoroughly inspect and clean the items before bringing them into your home.
  • Keep luggage off the ground and away from other people's belongings when traveling.
  • After returning from travel, use the highest heat setting possible to wash and dry all clothing.
  • Place bed bug-proof covers on all mattresses and box springs in your home to prevent bed bugs from infesting them.
  • Vacuum and deep clean carpets and upholstered furniture in your house on a regular basis.

At your first thought that bed bugs are in your Plymouth home, call Combat Pest Control for local home pest control.

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