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A Handy Bed Bug Prevention Guide For Raleigh, NC Property Owners

a bed bug crawling on human skin

There are a lot of threats to the hard-work and sustenance of Raleigh home and business owners. Financial and operational losses are chief among them. Scheduling conflicts, regional issues, and resource shortages are on the list as well. Those forces are so impactful, that it’s easy to forget about the equally powerful problem that is pests. Insects and creatures can ruin whole buildings, destroy belongings, and make people really sick. Bed bugs are one example of a critter that’s overwhelming to deal with. 

To most people it’s a mystery how bed bugs infiltrate, but there’s no uncertainty about how troublesome they are. The insects quickly multiply in volume, and it’s not easy to eradicate them. Given this, preventative measures are important. Learn how you can fight bed bugs with Go-Forth Home Services.

Why Do Bed Bugs Show Up?

It’s a common belief that bed bugs go where the filth is. The truth is that these insects could care less about dirt. They just want blood, because it’s the only thing that feeds them. Animal areas and public places are their main targets because there’s a constant supply of the fluid they need. For instance, fields,  offices, schools, hotels, and airports are often crawling with bed bugs. These critters will slide into personal bags or onto clothing, and then go home with you. Their next stops will be:

  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Flooring
  • Wallpaper
  • Wood Trim
  • Couches 
  • Upholstery
  • Mattresses
  • Fabrics

Full-blown bed bug infestations are marked by body bites, odors, and stains. Their name comes from the fact that they will munch on sleeping humans and suck their blood. All over your skin will be patches of collected welts; similar to a rash outbreak. Expect to see them on your arms, legs, face, and neck. Things will no doubt be smelly and musty with these insects around. On your fabrics and surfaces will be various blemishes, like reddish-brown smudges and blood drops. Also, look for black and brown fecal blots. The consistency might be powdery.

Everyday bed bugs resemble apple seeds. They are a small 0.25 of an inch long and reddish brown. These pests are oval-shaped, with the exception of their weirdly formed middle part. Their tails are larger than their heads. Two antennas crown them, while six legs bolster their movement. The eggs they lay are pearly white, and their young are translucent.

What Are Ways to Prevent Bed Bugs?

When you’re in public:

  • Avoid sitting your personal items on the floor or ground.
  • If you see bed bugs in your hotel room, alert maintenance, then, be relocated to a unit far away.
  • Use a plastic bag or a protective cover for your luggage.
  • Use hot water and high heat to wash and dry your travel clothes.

When at home:

  • Take a flashlight and examine head and footboards, box springs, and mattress seams.
  • Look beneath beds too and do this routinely. 
  • Regularly inspect clothing piles, purses and bags, furniture, and drawer interiors. 
  • Check second-hand items, like appliances and furniture, prior to buying them, look for infestation signs. 

How Will Go-Forth Home Services Exterminate Bed Bugs?

Professional intervention is a must to defeat bed bugs. Most retail products and “do it yourself” remedies are low in effectiveness. On top of that, they can be expensive and dangerous to utilize. It’s a wiser choice to contact us at Go-Forth Home Services. In order to successfully eliminate these insects, all specimens and eggs have to be located. Our specially trained technicians have the skills and equipment to do this, and will apply potent treatments that are custom designed. Don’t wait another second! Call us at Go-Forth Home Services today for a free quote!