What to Do When You Have Bedbugs

The Alvin Pest Control, LLC Blog

Bedbugs are often associated with hotels, but your home isn’t safe from them. Bedbugs and their eggs are usually transferred from place to place via luggage and other fabric-covered items with which people travel. They need only blood to thrive, and they reproduce rapidly, which makes them difficult to exterminate. Here is what to do when you have bedbugs.

Identify the Problem 

The most obvious signs of a bed bug infestation are the bites they leave on you. The bites themselves are painless when they first occur, but they develop into itchy red bumps or welts. Unfortunately, there are a lot of blood-sucking insects out there, and it can be difficult to tell which one has bitten you. Unlike flea bites, which are usually grouped around your ankles, bedbugs will bite any area of exposed skin.  

Further complicating matters, up to 50 percent of people do not react to bedbug bites. You have to see a bedbug to be sure you have them. The bugs are around 3/8s of an inch long and visible without any magnification. They are flat, brown and oval-shaped. If they have fed recently, the abdomen will appear longer and swollen. 

Isolate the Problem

If you notice that you do have bed bugs avoid spreading the infestation. Bed bug infestations can spread rapidly and you should not travel if you have a bed bug infestation at your home. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to get rid of don’t spread the problem to other households or apartments. 

Call a Professional

Bedbugs are extremely difficult to eradicate without professional help. The average female bed bug lays between 200 and 250 eggs throughout her life, and as many as three generations can occur per year. It takes almost no time for an overwhelming infestation to develop, and they can spread from room to room and even from one apartment to another. In addition to reproducing prolifically, bedbugs are also resistant to common insecticides like neonicotinoids.  

Insecticides can have harmful environmental effects when used incorrectly. Improper insecticide use can also contribute to a bedbug population’s resistance, making them even more challenging to kill. It’s best to contact a professional pest control company like Alvin Pest Control to combat bed bug infestations as quickly and effectively as possible. While they don’t tend to spread diseases the way other pests do, they are still unpleasant and will negatively impact your quality of life.

If you are in the Houston, Galveston or Alvin areas of Texas and you think you have bedbugs, contact us today!