Nothing makes homeowners shudder quite like bed bugs! In addition to the ‘ick’ factor and the potential for itchy bites on your skin, bed bugs can leave homeowners with a general feeling of uncleanliness. They’ll also test your peace of mind!

To make matters worse, many people don’t realize that by the time they become aware of a bed bug problem, the infestation may already be serious! That’s why it’s crucial for homeowners to act fast when they see signs of bed bugs in their home.

What are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?

Before you can address a bed bug infestation, you need to know the signs. These can include:

  • Red, itchy bumps or welts on your skin.
  • Tiny bloodstains on your bed sheets, pillowcases, sofa or recliner.
  • Dark or rusty spots of bed bug excrement on sheets and mattresses, clothing, and walls.
  • Egg shells or shed skins of bed bugs in areas where bed bugs hide.
  • An offensive, musty odor in affected areas.

What if a Bed Bug Infestation Goes Untreated?

The longer you put off addressing a bed bug infestation, the greater the risk that the infestation will spread throughout your home, as well as to the homes of your coworkers or friends. And if you live in an apartment building or condominium complex, the infestation can easily spread to other units. This can cause major headaches, as not all tenants may be vigilant about bed bugs. The infestation can continue to proliferate and spread from these units, even if other units have been treated. 

 A single bed bug can lay up to 200 eggs in their short lifetime, so bed bug infestations will not die out on their own. Leaving an infestation untreated will only exacerbate the problem and make it more difficult and expensive for a pest control professional to eliminate the bed bugs. There are some pests that a homeowner has a reasonable chance of abating by themselves.  However, Bed Bugs are one of the pests that usually require professional help!

If you suspect you may have bed bugs, act NOW. Give your local pest control professional a call so they can keep the bed bugs from biting!

As always, if you have any questions or need help dealing with a pest problem, call Graduate Pest Solutions today. Don’t forget to ask about our pest control service plans!

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