All pests are pretty gross, but some of the nastiest critters to have on your hands are parasitic pests that feed on our blood while you sleep. Bed bugs aren’t the only creatures that do this, but they are some of the most difficult to prevent and control. Learning how you can spot the signs of an infestation, and why it’s important to turn straight to the experts, will help you stay protected from bed bugs and their bites.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny parasites that feed mostly on human blood. They are nocturnal, meaning they nest in areas where they can lie in wait during the day and easily crawl to the skin of sleeping people at night. That’s why they are so known for infesting mattresses and box springs, but bed bugs can be found all over your Honolulu home. They infest furniture, curtains, articles of clothing, and a whole host of other areas. People don’t realize just how bed bugs first get introduced into a home. These parasites are essentially hitchhikers. They cling to skin, hair or garments and catch a ride to wherever will make a suitable nest near people. This travel method is what causes bed bugs to spread and thrive once introduced to your home.
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
Despite being nasty parasites, bed bugs aren’t currently known to spread any diseases. While their itchy welts are similar to other bug bites, bed bugs don’t have potent venom or stingers that can cause allergic reactions. But make no mistake, bed bugs don’t need to be outright dangerous to be taken seriously. Here are some of the negative health effects that bed bugs cause:
- Bites: Usually found in clumps or lines, the itchy bumps left behind from a bed bug feeding can pile up and cause extreme discomfort.
- Infection: Even with small pinpricks, open wounds can get infected. Frequent scratching at the welts can also lead to infection.
- Insomnia: The discomfort of bed bug bites can keep you awake at night, not to mention the knowledge that the second you go to sleep an unseen horde of parasites will emerge to feed.
Can You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own?
The odds are incredibly slim that at-home solutions or prevention measures will be enough to get rid of bed bugs and keep them out. Most unproven methods don’t kill bed bugs in all their forms, from egg to larvae to breeding adults, which means that killing the immediate pests will do nothing to address a future outbreak. Bed bugs aren’t as easily detectable or preventable as other pests either, and their bites are often the first and only sign of their presence. By then, the population is already too big to contain without professional solutions. That’s why it’s important to turn directly to the experts at the first sign of bed bugs.
Call The Pros At The First Sign
Whether you already have bed bugs or simply want to stay on top of proper prevention, only professionals can provide assurances. At Able Pest Management, our friendly and expert technicians can provide you with helpful knowledge about how infestations typically form. Not only can we address early warning signs and take steps to eliminate the problem, but we can also put measures in place that will protect you from future pest outbreaks. When it comes to proper pest protection, there’s truly no substitute for partnering with local professionals.
Don’t risk bed bugs becoming a nightly nuisance, contact Able Pest Management right now.