What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny insects that live on mattresses, soft furniture, in walls and carpets that hide during the day and come out at night to feed on blood like tiny little vampires. They’re reddish-brown, about the size of an apple seed, and they fear pest control services … their only enemy!
Why bed bugs are downright creepy
Pop quiz – Does the following describe a horror movie monster or bed bugs? Hard to kill, drinks human blood, attacks when you’re at your most vulnerable (asleep), sneaks into your house without you knowing, and can hide in your house for A WHOLE YEAR without coming out to eat (just waiting … watching your every move).
Answer: Bed bugs. Yep, they’re creepy little suckers.
How are bed bugs spread?
These cringe-inducing hitchhikers have become an ever-increasing problem in the low country over the past few years. Savannah is a famous travel destination, and with travelers come bed bugs! Hotel chains keep pest control services on speed dial because of these creepy little critters. But with the constant in-and-out of new guests, there are no guarantees that any hotel will be bed bug free.
Not been on vacation in a while? Don’t think you’re safe. Bed bugs can also hitch rides on furniture, clothing, dog toys, and any soft material that comes in and out of your home.
How can I reduce my risk of getting bedbugs?
First of all, be careful who you invite into your home. Bed bugs can be transported into your home in a variety of ways.
We have found that the old saying is true. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our customers that we treat on a regular maintenance schedule seem to have a much reduced risk for bedbug infestation. While this isn’t a scientific study, this is just our observation.
How do I avoid bed bugs while on vacation?
To avoid becoming a living buffet for bed bugs, follow these tips:
- Check your hotel’s reviews to see of any other guests have reported bed bugs. Bed bugs are found in 5-star luxury resorts with million-dollar pest control services as well as low-dollar motels that use spray cans from the hardware store. So don’t assume you’re safe just because you’re staying at a nice place.
- Don’t put your suitcase on the floor, bed, or chair. Bed bugs can live in any of these upholstered spots, and you don’t want them to climb in your suitcase and be transported back home with you. Use the luggage rack, dresser or tile-floor bathroom to store your suitcase if possible.
- Deep clean your luggage when you get home. Wash everything that was in your suitcase, vacuum the suitcase itself, and take extra special care to inspect everything for signs of bed bugs.
Should I call a pest control services company to find out if I have bed bugs?
Not necessarily. There are ways to tell if you might have bed bugs. If you’re waking up in the morning with unexplained bites, you might have bed bugs. Inspect your mattress for the bugs and their cast-off skins, which they shed like a snake as they grow, paying particular attention to the tufts and seams of the mattress, as well as the bed frame and headboard. Bedbugs love to hide in cracks and crevices. You should also look for their droppings, which look like brown stains or tiny brown specks. Preferred Pest Control services bed bug infestations, so if you’re not sure of what you find, we can come out and inspect your home for you. Nothing beats experience – our technicians are good at what they do, and we can come up with a customized treatment plan for your property.
What do I do if I have bed bugs?
Treating a bedbug infestation requires professional pest control services. Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to eradicate in the low country, and their populations can explode quickly under the right conditions. So if you see evidence of bed bugs in your house, call us right away at 912-236-5135! Don’t wait!