Bed bugs in San Antonio homes can be one of the most frustrating and disgusting things to deal with. These small insects are known for being extremely invasive and for the bite marks they leave behind as they come out at night to get a meal.
While bed bugs are a notorious and rather common pest, there are many misconceptions that the average person has about them. One of the biggest myths about bed bugs is that they only infest dirty homes.
The truth is that bed bugs can happen to anyone. They don’t prefer dirty homes over clean ones, and clutter and filth don’t lead to bed bugs. This is because bed bugs are hitchhikers. They are picked up from general travel, and you can get them almost anywhere. They will grab a ride on things like luggage, backpacks, and purses, and you can bring them into your home without knowing it.
Keep in mind that while bed bugs are quite small that they aren’t invisible to the human eye. However, it’s still unlikely that you’ll see them at first. But, you can identify bed bugs by their reddish-brown coloration and oval-shaped bodies. They are about the size and shape of an apple seed.
Where Can You Pick Up Bed Bugs?
While bed bugs can be picked up in many places, there are certain bed bug hotspots where you’re more likely to find them.
Some of the main bed bug hot spots are laundromats, buses, airplanes, hotels, and schools. While it can be difficult to completely prevent picking up bed bugs, you can do a couple of things reduce the chances of bringing these bugs home:
- Avoid putting luggage, purses, or backpacks on the ground or near upholstered furniture in public areas.
- If sleeping in a hotel, check the bed and for signs of bed bugs such as rust-colored stains.
- Inspect luggage and other bags when you bring them home.
There’s One Other Way You Can Get Bed Bugs
While picking up bed bugs while you’re out and about is the most common way that they get into area homes, there is one other way that these infestations get started.
Bed bugs can be brought in on second-hand furniture that is already infested, and it's not just bedding you have to consider. Bed bugs commonly get into all kinds of furniture including mattresses, couches, and even appliances.
To avoid bringing in bed bug infested items, you should look out for the following signs of bed bugs:
- Rust-colored stains from bed bug excrement on mattresses or upholstery
- Old blood marks left from the bites on beds or other furniture
- Discarded, yellowish bed bug skins that are left behind on appliances and furniture
- Cream-colored eggshell pieces
The Best Way To Protect Your Home From Bed Bugs
Even if you’re doing your best to prevent bed bugs, they can be difficult to keep out. If you do end up with bed bugs in your home, don’t stress out. The experts at Pestmaster® Services are here to help. Instead of trying to eliminate bed bugs on your own, let our team take over. Bed bugs are nearly impossible to remove completely without professional assistance, but we offer affordable and reliable options.