One of the worst things you can come home with after a trip happens to be bed bugs. There are bed bugs found all around the United States. Most people assume that bed bugs are only in certain areas and that they are not very widespread. The problem is that they easily travel by hitching a ride on someone’s clothes, backpack, suitcase, luggage, used furniture and more. You want to make sure you are cautious when you are out and about. Bed bugs have been found in hospitals, hotels, homes, stores and more. You want to make sure that when you are in areas that lots of people are coming and going you are careful. The issue is also that bed bugs are hard to find and hard to get rid of as well. The best thing you can do is to know what signs to look for. A-Tex Pest Management outlines what you can look for when checking for signs of bed bugs.
Do Bed Bugs Need to Feed Every Night?
Some people might think that with the shutdown, bed bugs must be dead by now. They of course need to eat blood that they get from the host that they are living near. They will come out at night when you are sleeping and they will feed on blood. You might think after months of people not traveling they must have died without any blood to feed on. The problem is that bed bugs are able to live for over a year without a single blood meal. This means that they can go in hiding and wait until there is a person to feed on even up to a year. This means that even if you have not traveled in months they can still be alive waiting for you to show back up.
How to Find Bed Bugs During the Day
The first thing you can do is to see if you can find the actual bed bugs. They are a very small bug that is hard to see because of the size and where they hide. They tend to keep hidden away from people around the edges of the mattress and the sheets. You want to make sure that you move the sheets aside and look around the edges of the mattress stitching to see if there are any bed bugs. They also tend to pile up so you need to look at each area to look for them where they might be hiding. If you see any bed bugs when you look you want to make sure that you call out a professional right away to have your home treated.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Another thing that you want to look for happens to be bite marks. When you come home with bed bugs they will hide away during the day. Then at night when you lay down to sleep they will come out and start to feed on the skin that is exposed. When you wake in the morning you are sure to see bites that usually come in a line on your arms, face or legs. The bites are commonly the first sign that people notice that shows they have bed bugs. If you wake up with bites you want to make sure that you call to have your home treated right away.