Bed bugs are notoriously secretive pests that are hard to detect and even harder to eliminate. If you suspect you might have bed bugs in your Long Island home, it's important to take action quickly to put a stop to your infestation. Here's what Long Island residents need to know about bed bug bites, their infestations, how they get into homes, and how Long Island pest control experts can help you eliminate them and prevent them from coming back.
Bed Bug Bites Are Often The First Sign Of An Infestation
Many people think bed bugs are too small to be seen, and while this isn't the case, they can be incredibly hard to detect. For many people, bites can be the first sign of a bed bug infestation, which is problematic as bed bug bites resemble those of many other insects. One possible way to identify these bites is that bed bugs tend to bite in lines or clusters. If you begin to notice more and more of these types of bite patterns without another known cause, it's likely there are bed bugs in your home.
Other signs of bed bugs include:
- Dark spots on bedding and upholstery
- Bed bug eggs or molted skins
- A musty odor
- Live or dead bed bugs
If you notice these or other signs of bed bugs, it's important to act quickly before they have a chance to spread further.
Bed Bug Infestations Get Worse With Time
Bed bugs are not the most prolific insects, but slow and steady wins the race. These bugs are hardy pests that are difficult to eliminate, and they steadily reproduce at a rate of one egg each day. They also don't stay in the bedroom. The longer an infestation goes untreated in your home, the further it will spread and the more it will take to get rid of it.
How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Into Your Home
Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. They can't jump or fly; instead, they frequent areas where lots of people come and go and catch rides on our luggage and baggage. Bed bug hotspots are areas where people from different places tend to congregate, like train stations, hotels, schools, and apartment buildings. It's important to keep your belongings off the ground and away from other people's bags in these locations.
Another way that bed bugs can make it into our homes is through secondhand furniture and other belongings. Despite their name and preference for sleeping hosts, bed bugs do not spend all of their time in beds. They can infest all kinds of different furniture, appliances, and even things like picture frames. Anywhere there is a space to squeeze inside could be a potential hiding spot for a bed bug.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home
There are lots of DIY bed bug removal techniques you can find on the internet, but very few of them offer real results. Many of these approaches target adult bed bugs but do nothing for the bed bug eggs, so it may seem as though a DIY strategy has worked, but as soon as eggs begin to hatch, the infestation returns.
The best way to get rid of bed bugs and keep them gone is with professional help from Ultimate Pest Control. We can provide you with top-of-the-line products that target bed bugs at all stages of their life cycle and ensure your infestation is treated and bed bugs won't return. Call us today for immediate pest solutions in Long Island.
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