Bed bugs are tiny, brownish-red bugs that can be so small that they look like specks of dirt. Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long and often hide in the cracks of furniture, floors, and walls. These bugs survive on the blood of mammals, meaning you and your pest are their primary food source when they live in your home. Bed bugs can trigger allergic reactions and cause rashes with their painful, itchy bites. If you notice small, red bumps on your skin in a line, there is a good chance you have bed bugs. The only way to effectively get rid of all the bed bugs in your home is to get help from a professional! Pied Piper Pest Control provides bed bug extermination services in the Greater New Orleans area! Contact us today to learn more!
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are “hitchhikers”. They attach themselves to things like luggage, upholstered chairs, and mattresses. One of the most common ways that bed bugs get into a home is when someone buys used furniture, clothes, or other items that they may be on. Bed bugs can also get on your clothes at hotels or places, then be brought home with you. Sometimes, bed bugs can even travel on people and get into your home by hitching a ride with your visitors!
How To Check For Bed Bugs
It can be hard to spot bed bugs because they are so small. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed when they are fully grown. A surefire way to tell if you have bed bugs is to check your and your pet’s skin. Look for small, round, red bumps that are in a line. If you or your pets have these lines of bites, you likely have bed bugs. You can also check your sheets and mattress for small blood stains. If you lift up the corner of your bed, you may be able to see small, reddish-brown dots, which are bed bugs.
How To Prevent Bed Bugs
Bed bugs multiply quickly, so if you suspect that you have bed bugs, you should take immediate action. Wash any bedding or clothing that might have come into contact with bed bugs in hot water, then dry it in a hot dryer. Buy a protective mattress cover and use it after your mattress has been professionally cleaned.
Don’t buy used upholstered furniture or pick up furniture off the street. Bed bugs can’t jump or fly, so if your luggage isn’t near a surface containing them, it’s much less likely that they will be able to stow away in your suitcase.
Contact Pied Piper Pest Control For Bed Bug Extermination In New Orleans
Pied Piper Pest Control provides extermination services for bed bugs and other pests throughout the Greater New Orleans area! If you have any additional questions about bed bugs or believe that you may have an infestation in your New Orleans area home or building, contact Pied Piper Pest Control right away! Our team has years of experience dealing with these pests and will ensure that they won’t come back once they’re gone! Give us a call today at (504) 366-1333 or fill out the contact form on our website, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!