The Dreaded Bed Bug

From American Home Shield
“Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!” Many of us grew up smiling at those words, given that waking up with bed bug bites was so unlikely. But since the mid-to-late 1990s, reports of bed bug infestations have been increasing across the country. Below are some tips on how you might avoid, spot, and get rid of bed bugs.

Avoiding bed bugs.
There are some things you can do to help prevent bed bugs:

•Don’t pick up used furniture left on curbs
•If at all possible, don’t store things under your bed
•At hotels, avoid bringing home unwanted “souvenirs” by checking the room for bed bugs, storing suitcases on luggage racks (not the floor or bed), and hanging clothes rather than using the dresser
•After coming home, unpack and clean clothing immediately. Store luggage inside a plastic trash bag and store in a garage or basement, not the bedroom.

Detecting bed bugs.
Here are a few tell-tale signs:
•Itchy welts on the skin (which could resemble mosquito or flea bites)
•Small brown (fecal) spots on bedding
•Blood smears on sheets

Spotting bed bugs.
As small parasitic insects, bed bugs live in or near beds and feed on the blood of people as they sleep. Adult bed bugs are brown with a small head and a larger oval-shaped body. Newly hatched bed bugs are cream-colored.

No more sleeping with the enemy.
Since bed bugs are infamously difficult to eliminate, it’s best to consult a professional like Terminix® has a range of bed bug solutions,including RapidFreeze® – a fast, non-toxic effective way to say goodbye to bed bugs. If you think your home has uninvited overnight guests, ask Terminix® for a free consultation.