How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Naples, FL Home

10/5/2021

Bed bugs are one of the worst nightmares of the modern traveler. You go on a trip, stay in an infected hotel while you’re none the wiser, and a few weeks after you get home, you start noticing clusters of bites on your body. Bed bugs are easy to get and almost impossible to get rid of on your own. That’s why you’ll need professional help with bed bug control. However, the experienced bed bug control cost is not cheap. That means prevention is your most inexpensive and most convenient solution. Let’s talk about what you need to do. 

up close image of a bed bug crawling in a home

How Do Bed Bugs Look?

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not microscopic. They are tiny – less than five millimeters long – but if you lay eyes on them, you should be able to spot them. Bed bugs are tan to light brown, and they’re oval-shaped when unfed and more cylindrical when fed. They almost look like tiny, segmented ticks. Also, like ticks, they’re not very agile. That means their strategy for getting a meal is usually to lay in wait for it.

The best place for bed bugs to feed on your blood is – you guessed it – the bed. However, bed bugs are opportunistic feeders, and they’ll infest anywhere in your house where they can both hide and grab a bite every once in a while. Couches, chairs, benches, between carpet fibers, and even more unconventional places like underneath keyboard keys all make suitable places for bed bugs to hide. This hiding ability is part of what causes bed bugs so challenging to get rid of – you have to treat everything in your home, not just the bed.

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Bed bugs spread themselves by hitchhiking into your Naples, FL home, either in your clothing or on items you’re carrying. The risks of contracting bed bugs are highest when you’re traveling, using public transportation, or secondhand shopping. Bed bugs are commonly found in hotels, hostels, airports, train stations, and anywhere else that lots of people pass through carrying belongings with them.

Thrift stores, garage sales, and other places are typical locales to pick up bed bugs because it’s easy to sell or donate items without knowing they’re infested. If a seller unknowingly sells an infested antique to an antique shop, and you buy that antique – congratulations – you just bought yourself a bed bug problem.

How Do You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?

Most of the time, on your own, at least, you don’t get rid of bed bugs. Bed bug control is not easy for homeowners to do alone. These bugs are resistant to a lot of common over-the-counter (OTC) foggers and sprays. And since they infest more than just soft furniture, treating your beds, sofas, and chairs won’t do a lot more than temporarily reduce the bed bug population in your home. That’s why prevention is so vital to maintaining a bed bug-free house.

To keep bed bugs away:

  • Avoid secondhand shopping.

  • If you do secondhand shop, inspect all purchases before bringing them inside.

  • Never lay luggage on hotel beds or upholstered furniture. 

  • Inspect your mattress for bugs every time you stay in a hotel. 

  • Wash and dry clothes on the highest possible heat setting after returning from travel. 

  • Look for signs of bugs before bringing your luggage into the house. 

If you wind up contracting bed bugs, there is something you can do about it. Here at Keller’s Pest Control, bed bugs and other pests are no problem for us. So give us a call or visit our contact page if you’re ready to sleep alone in your bed again!

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