Auburn's Most Commonly Asked Bed Bug Questions

May 14, 2021

Most people have never seen a live bed bug. Unlike ants, bees, and centipedes, these elusive pests raise a lot of questions. If you don’t know much about bed bugs, but know you don’t want them around your Auburn home, then here is what you should know.

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How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Homes?

Bed bugs are weak insects that are not built to survive outdoors. To stay safe and fill their bellies, these pests must stay indoors and find clever ways to get from home to home. Most often, bed bugs hitchhike rides on items people carry, like backpacks, luggage, or purses. They might also use electronics, furniture, or used clothing. 

Because bed bugs lack mobility and cannot fly or crawl fast, it takes them a little bit to get around. While you are out and about, be careful not to set any item down in one spot for more than 20 minutes, as this is as long as it takes a bed bug to crawl over and hitch a ride.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

Bed bugs are found in indoor spaces that people frequent. They are most common, however, around areas people sleep, such as hotels, motels, hospitals, and residential properties. Other places you might encounter bed bugs include schools, daycare facilities, malls, and movie theaters.

Are Bed Bugs Too Small to See?

It is a common belief that bed bugs are too small to see. This stems from how infrequently bed bugs are seen by humans. There is a good chance you haven’t ever seen one of these pests and never will. This doesn’t mean they are invisible, just that these small bugs are great at hiding. Bed bugs will even go as far as adjusting their sleeping schedules to hide while you are awake. 

Do Bed Bugs Spread Disease?

The short answer to this question is yes, bed bugs do spread a disease. They do not, however, spread diseases. The only known disease these pests carry and transmit is Chagas disease, which is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and is mostly found south of our border in rural areas of Latin America. Some cases have been found here in the states, but not enough to cause serious concern.

What Home Remedies Work for Bed Bugs?

When bed bugs decide to infest a home, they do not play around. They take every precaution available to avoid danger while staying well-fed, which makes eliminating these pests with home remedies difficult. Although there are smells bed bugs dislike and treatments that will kill them on contact, there is no reliable way to get bed bugs out of a home without professional help.

Three Things You Should Be Doing to Avoid Bed Bugs

  1. While traveling, check beds you will be sleeping in for blood stains and reddish-black dots of fecal matter. If you find these signs, change rooms.

  2. Wash used clothing at a high heat immediately after getting home from vacation.

  3. Inspect used items for signs of bed bugs before purchasing them.

Why Choose Prewett Pest Control For Your Pest Problems

Eliminating bed bugs is a process that takes precision, industrial-grade treatments, and extensive knowledge of bed bug behavior. At Prewett Pest Control, we offer detailed services to get rid of bed bugs in all stages of their development. 
Contact our team today to learn more about our comprehensive bed bug control and schedule your Auburn home for a detailed pest inspection.

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