If you notice itchy, red bug bites on your arms or legs, one of the first thoughts to run through your mind might be “mosquitoes” but, when was I outside? Then you ask, “Do I have bed bugs?” Bed bugs are a dilemma countless home and property owners throughout Western MA have. We all travel and have welcomed traveling guests into our homes and workplaces. Bed bugs are always a possibility. Graduate is here to help you identify the warning signs and the best ways to treat the problem.
Bed bugs can vary in size and color, depending on your environment. Bed bugs found in Western MA are typically less than half an inch in length and are a redish brown color.
So, Do I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs feed on blood from animals or people. They are expert hitchhikers and can hide in small spaces on luggage, clothing, and other traveling essentials. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many people discover they have bed bugs after traveling.
Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures and often go unnoticed living in elusive hiding spaces. Check the folds of your mattresses and box springs along with your bed frame and headboard for these tricky pests. Other common hiding spots include the baseboard around your bed, picture frames, furniture, and stored items under your bed. Make sure to carefully inspect your sheets and mattress for any bloodstains and bed bug digested blood (yuk!).
Another red flag is, of course, those irritating bites. Bed bugs bite the parts of your body that are exposed while sleeping, such as your arms, legs, and neck. Bed bug bites often form linear “rows” as they often bite their host multiple times along blood vessels.
What Do I Do If I Have Bed Bugs?
If you find live bed bugs or these warning signs in your space, do not hesitate to contact a professional. It can be a stressful situation, but it is important to maintain a calm demeanor and contact a pest professional pest control company. Self treating rarely works and can make the problem worse. Hiring a company like Graduate Pest Solutions, with expertise in bed bug abatement and property management experience will insure success. Graduate usually recommends a series of highly-effective treatments that have proven to be successful.
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