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What If The Bed Bug Does Bite?

bed bug bites on a child's legs

Did you have parents when growing up who would say "Goodnight, sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite"? Did you ever wonder what bugs they were referring to? It can be easy to think that "bed bugs" is used as a broad term to describe any bug that bites us while we sleep, like spiders or centipedes; in reality, bed bugs are a specific pest all on their own. As an adult, you probably already know this. You may also know that if you are not careful, you may not be sleeping tight, knowing that bed bugs will bite if they've infiltrated your home.

How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs

It's ironic, but the best way to know if you have bed bugs is to look for bed bug bites. The reason for this is that bed bugs are incredibly elusive pests and will often stay hidden when the sun is up, and people are moving about. Unless you plan on setting your alarm for the middle of the night to jump out of your bed with a flashlight to quickly inspect it, checking yourself for bites is an easier indicator of an early bed bug infestation. The good news is that bed bugs bite differently than other pests. Look for rows of small red welts, usually where your skin comes in contact with your mattress.

One thing to note is that not all people react to bed bugs the same. Some may have more extreme reactions, while others might not see any signs of bites at all. Always seek medical attention if you or a family member is having a severe reaction to bed bug bites.

Protective Measures You Can Take To Stop Bed Bugs

The best way to stop bed bugs is to spot them before you bring them home. Researching where bed bugs hide and where you are most likely to find them will help you avoid them and, in turn, an unwanted infestation.

Certain brands of mattress covers can deter bed bugs. Although they are not a perfect solution, they can help keep bed bugs from biting you at night if you have an active infestation.

If you do find yourself with a bed bug infestation, it is wise to know that DIY treatments for bed bugs generally do not work. There are several stages of a bed bug's life, from eggs to larvae to adults, that must be eradicated, or re-infestations will occur. Professional pest control methods are the best idea.

Bed Bug Inspections And Treatments

If you are unsure if you have bed bugs in your home, the professionals at Aiken Pest are here to help. We have the tools and knowledge needed not only to find the smallest bed bug infestations but also to treat the most substantial infestations. Want to know for sure if you have a problem or not? We will send one of our friendly qualified pest technicians your way ASAP with a bed bug control solution to fit your pest control needs.

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