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How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Into St. Louis Homes And How To Keep Them Out

May 08, 2022 - Bed Bugs

Getting into bed and finding tiny bugs crawling under the sheets can ruin a good night's sleep in a hurry. Bed bugs are among the most dreaded household pests across the country. Although they're not known to spread diseases, they can cause other problems, such as anxiety and insomnia, for you and your family.

Bed bugs are also one of the most challenging pests to control. These pesky little insects reproduce at a rapid rate. An adult female can lay up to a dozen eggs per day and several hundred in her lifespan. These bugs are also adept at hiding, making it difficult to detect their presence in your home. When you add these two factors together, it's easy to see how a bed bug infestation can get out of hand quickly.

If you spot bed bugs in your home or have any signs of an infestation, contact your local St. Louis pest control company without delay. Roberts Pest Control has over 15 years of experience in pest control. We use safe and effective bed bug control techniques for your home that put your mind at ease.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny insects that live off warm-blooded animals. They have been a known parasitic pest to humans for over 3000 years. Bed bugs live wherever people congregate, including schools, public transportation, hotels, and shopping centers. Being able to identify these pests ensures quick and successful bed bug control. Here are signs of bed bugs:

  • Bed bugs are approximately ¼ inch in length and a dark brown to a mahogany color. The younger nymphs are paler and smaller than the adults.
  • Bed bugs may leave fecal spots on your sheets, mattresses, furniture, and walls.
  • Bed bugs leave small blood spots on your sheets resulting from bed bug bites.
  • Bed bugs leave behind molted skin, eggs, and eggshells in sheets, mattress creases, or box springs.

It is crucial to identify bed bugs and the signs they leave behind at the earliest possible stage. If you see one bed bug, there is a good chance there are many more you haven't noticed.

Why Bed Bugs Bite People

Bed bugs require the blood of their hosts for their sustenance and reproduction. These bloodthirsty parasites get their food from nearly any warm-blooded animal available. Unfortunately, humans seem to be at the top of their preferred menu items. 

Beds are ideal for bed bugs because they lie in wait until they sense that we've fallen asleep. These pests hide in sheets, box springs, and mattress creases and emerge at night to get a blood meal. Bed bug bites are virtually painless, allowing their hosts to continue sleeping while feeding for up to ten minutes. That short time is all it takes for the bed bug to become engorged and crawl off to its hiding place to digest its meal. People may have an allergic reaction to the bed bug's saliva and develop a red itchy spot. Some people don't have any response and won't notice a bite at first. If the bites become noticeable, they are typically in a pattern of small groups or lines.

How Bed Bugs Hitch Rides Into Our Homes

These creatures are known as some of the best hitchhikers in the pest world. They can latch onto a person's clothes, shoes, purses, and luggage. You can take them home from almost any public gathering place. Luckily, there are some tips that you can follow to help prevent them from catching a ride home with you:

  • When staying in hotels or motels, thoroughly inspect the beds for any signs of bed bugs. Also, check your luggage before leaving.
  • If you utilize laundromats to wash your clothes, look over the washers and dryers before you use them. While you are folding your clothes, inspect them well for bed bugs.
  • When purchasing used furniture, check for signs of bed bugs as these items could be infested already.

As vigilant as you are, bed bugs still find their way into homes. Anyone is susceptible to a bed bug infestation, no matter how careful you are to prevent them.

The Most Effective Bed Bug Control For St. Louis Homes

Bed bug control is not a pest problem that you should tackle on your own. Professional pest control is the smartest way to go. Give Roberts Pest Control a call for your bed bug issues. We use proven, science-backed methods to eradicate and prevent future bed bug infestations. We have plans that will fit your needs as well as your budget. Call us today to get started. 

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