Unlike other pests, these don't just come in through the window or drain. As such, it can feel like they appeared out of nowhere. The sad truth is that’s not too far off the mark. Bed bugs actually make it inside by hitchhiking on clothes, luggage, or any other material they can latch onto.
Are They Annoying Or Dangerous?
We mentioned briefly they dine on blood in order to grow. However, despite their feeding habits, bed bugs aren’t a direct threat like other pests with similar eating habits (such as mosquitoes). Despite the lack of immediate danger, there are still some concerns, according to the CDC, including:
Allergic reactions. In some cases, bed bug bites can cause allergic reactions. This could be a more severe itch, all the way to anaphylactic shock, depending on the person in question. Immediate medical attention should be sought if your reaction lands on the severe end of the spectrum.
Secondary infections. It’s nearly impossible to ignore bed bug bites due to the constant itching they can cause. Ongoing scratching can result in secondary infections. Some examples of common infections would be impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis among others.
Mental strain. The inability to find bed bugs and waking up with new bites every day can cause extreme stress. This can lead to conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and systemic reactions.
Ultimately, their sheer potential to cause extreme reactions makes bed bugs a real danger to remain wary of when suspecting a possible infestation. That’s why a prompt response from trained pest control experts is recommended when dealing with bed bugs.
Besides their potential to cause dangerous situations, bed bugs really ramp up the concern levels for property owners because it is so difficult to prevent and control them. The combination of small size and rapid reproduction rates is a potent combination that ensures your bed bug concern becomes a bed bug problem. As such, we’ve collected some prevention tips to follow:
Check your luggage. Whether it’s you or someone else that’s been traveling, the number one rule is to check the luggage before letting it get inside. Remember, they hitchhike so make sure you’re not giving them a free ride.
Wash your clothes and bedding. Bed bugs are tough, but they are highly susceptible to high heat. We’re talking about the kind of heat that comes from washing machines and dryers. Regular washing of items can ensure nothing is sticking around.
Immediate response is needed. Since they can become widespread throughout the house, the best prevention and control method is to bring in professional assistance. As soon as you suspect an infestaion, it’s time to make the call. Believe us, it’s worth it to be sure.
No More Bed bugs With Witt Pest Management
Whether it’s a residential property or a commercial property, the end result is the same. Bed bugs are bad news thanks to the risks and challenges they present. That’s why, at Witt Pest Management, we have created a range of Pittsburgh pest and bed bug control services designed to make your bed bug problem a concern of the past. We bring over 100 years of experience to the battle in protecting your health and property.
Do you suspect a bed bug infestation? Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional bed bug control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.