What To Do About Bed Bugs In Your Wilmington Home

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As a homeowner, you know you don't want bed bugs. However, you may not be quite aware of just how much of a nightmare a bed bug infestation can be. Bed bugs get into everything, not just your mattress. That makes them almost impossible to get rid of, and that's not even taking into consideration just how easy they are to get in the first place. That's why you've got to be vigilant against bed bugs when formulating your Wilmington pest control plan.

Clear Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

A bed bug infestation in your home can be pretty subtle, especially in the beginning when there are only one or two bugs in a single spot. Bed bugs don't breed particularly fast. But the fact that they can fly under the radar for so long means that their population has plenty of time to explode before you ever notice they're there. This is why you need to pay attention to the subtle signs of bed bug infestation rather than looking for bed bugs themselves. Signs include:

  • Bed bug bites appear in clusters or lines where your body contacts the bed.
  • Bed bug feces typically look like small, brown stains on sheets or upholstery. 
  • Bed bug eggs and exoskeletons in your bed or on other furniture. 

It's important to note that you may not see bed bug signs in your bed at all. Bed bugs can infest anything, so the first place you notice these signs may be your couch, your chairs, or even your carpet. 

A Bed Bug Infestation Only Gets Worse With Time

As we said above, bed bugs are not the world's fastest breeders. However, slow and steady wins the race. Bed bugs breed at a relatively slow but remarkably steady pace, pumping out offspring that subsequently spread all over your house. Because they hide so well and only come out in the dead of night, it's very easy for a bed bug infestation to grow into a huge problem because homeowners often mistake bed bug bites for flea or other insect bites. 

This is why it's so important to look for the subtle signs of bed bug infestation as soon as you start getting bites you can't explain. You should be immediately suspicious if you wake up with a few new bites. This can help you nip bed bug infestations in the bud before they get out of control. Remember, bed bug fumigation and heat treatments only get more expensive as time goes on. 

Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard To Prevent

Bed bug infestations are so hard to prevent because bed bugs are so good at hitchhiking. They can hitch a ride in your clothes, your luggage, and anywhere else convenient. That means you are typically the unwitting vector of your own bed bug infestation. 

The best way to avoid this is to be careful when you travel and secondhand shop. Check hotel mattresses and other furniture for the signs of bed bugs we talked about above. Wash all clothing on the highest heat setting possible when you come home, and always inspect your luggage for signs of bugs before bringing it into the house. Also, avoid secondhand shopping if you can. If you must secondhand shop, check all your purchases for signs of bugs before bringing them inside. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

If you wind up with a bed bug infestation, don't try to deal with it yourself. Local pest control for bed bugs is much more effective than store-bought products. And here at Delmar Pest Control, we've got the best bed bug control services in Wilmington and surrounding areas in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. So click or call, and let us turn your bed bugs into dead bugs. 

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