Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Bed Bugs

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Dealing with bed bug invaders is never a fun thing to do. Professional bed bug removal is the best thing to invest in if you want to ensure your property is free from bed bugs year-round.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that are typically no different in shape or size than an apple seed. Depending on when they last fed, they appear dark brown to reddish-brown and are notorious for invading our sleeping spaces, though they can invade all areas of a home or business. Bed bugs are prolific, and infestations of these pests may quickly grow out of control and result in serious health and safety issues if you don't employ proper bed bug treatment tactics.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

While bed bugs aren't known for spreading diseases or illnesses to humans, bed bug bites are still a serious issue. Bed bug bites are incredibly itchy and may result in secondary infections due to scratching. Additionally, the presence of bed bugs around your property may result in insomnia or other sleeping issues, anxiety, and stress. It's important to invest in bed bug control before these pests become widespread and difficult to eradicate from your property.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Most bed bug infestations become an issue due to unsuspecting individuals traveling through infested areas and picking up bed bugs in their clothing, bags, or luggage. As you travel to these infested locations and return home, bed bugs move along with you, eventually crawling out to infest areas in your house they deem safe.

Bed bug infestations are also caused by bringing secondhand items into your home or business without first checking them for signs of bed bugs.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Typically, bed bugs gather around sleeping areas, such as bed frames, mattresses, pillows, and bedroom furniture, but they can also infest other areas of your property. The seams of furniture, areas around electrical or utility outlets, stuffed animals, and even lighting fixtures can all host bed bugs waiting for a chance to bite someone and obtain a meal.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to invest in professional assistance from Southeast Termite & Pest Control. Our team will inspect every inch of your property for signs of bed bugs and decide on the best treatment plan. From there, we will help you understand how to prepare your property for bed bug treatment and guide you on your next steps.

Contact us today for your free estimate on Knoxville pest control.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Prevent bed bug problems in the future by following our expert tips to limit your chances of picking up these parasitic pests.

  • Always elevate your bags and luggage when traveling or staying in hotels and motels; this helps keep bed bugs from crawling on these personal belongings unnoticed.

  • Consider vacuum-sealing your clothing when traveling to stop bed bugs from easily hiding in fabrics.

  • Check hotels or other places you travel to for signs of bed bugs, such as reddish staining, unpleasant or musty odors, and live or dead bed bugs.

  • Ensure secondhand furniture or appliances your purchase are free of bed bugs by checking for signs of this pest using gloved hands and a flashlight to investigate crevices.

If you need more advice on preventing bed bugs or require assistance defeating an infestation of these pests, contact Southeast Termite & Pest Control for home pest control today.

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