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There are many different pests that you might encounter in your Pittsburgh home. While many of these pests can be harmless, there are others that can cause health issues or cause significant property damage. One pest that fills many people with dread is the bed bug. This is because there is something particularly disgusting about these bugs which are able to spread all over a home or apartment. These pests bite humans and suck their blood, causing itchy bites and sleepless nights.

The best way to figure out if you’re dealing with bed bugs is to know the signs they leave behind. Bed bugs are very small, but they can be seen with the naked. While you might not always get a glimpse of them, knowing what they look like is helpful. Bed bugs:

  • Are usually a reddish-brown color,

  • Have oval-shaped bodies,

  • Are about the same size and shape as an apple seed.

  • Can look round or flat depending on if they’ve recently eaten.

Bed bugs can easily spread from place to place as they are great hitchhikers. They might hitch a ride in luggage, purses, second-hand furniture, or second-hand clothes. They also can spread from apartment to apartment or from room to room. There are some places where it’s more likely to pick up bed bugs. Bed bugs have been found infesting every place from hotels and motels to airports, bus terminals, taxi cabs, libraries, nursing homes, and more. They can also spread when using shared laundry facilities.

How To Avoid Picking Up Bed Bugs

These are some things you can do to prevent bed bugs:

  • Avoid setting down luggage and other bags in public areas, especially against bedding or clothing.

  • If you use a shared laundry facility, transport your bedding to and from the laundry in a plastic bag. A dryer on high heat can kill bed bugs.

  • Check hotel room beds and upholstered furniture for signs of bed bugs.

  • Make your home less hospitable for bed bugs by vacuuming regularly and decluttering.

How To Avoid Bed Bugs From Secondhand Items

Saving money by buying used furniture and clothing can be great. While this is a good way to save money and help out the environment, there is some risk of getting bed bugs from these items. There are some things you can look for to avoid having bed bugs hitching a ride into your home. When buying secondhand, be sure to check for these signs:

  • Dark spots on the fabric that appear because of bed bug excrement.

  • Stains on bed sheets or clothing that are reddish-brown. This can occur when bed bugs get squished or they dribble blood after eating.

  • Small, pale yellow stains that can come from the eggs and shells the bed bugs leave behind.

Eliminating A Bed Bug Infestation

Being aware of bed bugs and how to prevent them can go a long way, but it’s not always possible to avoid an infestation. Getting rid of bed bugs on your own can be difficult because they are good at hiding and can spread quickly. The best way to get rid of a bed bug infestation is to contact the pest control professionals at Witt Pest Management. We’ve been in business in Pittsburgh since 1908 so you can trust we know how to get rid of bed bugs safely and efficiently. Reach out to us today to get started in solving your bed bug problem.

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