When bed bugs get into Greensboro homes, their presence is secret and unsettling. They don't crawl around on beds and couches, at least not at first. These insects hide in dark voids and tight spaces where they aren't easily seen. What you'll notice is the tickling sensation that causes you to jump out of bed, turn the lights, and rip your covers off your bed. But, even doing this, you may not spot bed bugs. They can quickly go back into hiding. It is more than maddening. If you know exactly what we're talking about, then you've come to the right place. We know what you're going through, and we have some advice that will help you deal with these elusive and disturbing pests. We'll tell you how to find bed bugs and share with you some facts about how bed bugs behave inside your home. Most importantly, we'll tell you how to get rid of bed bugs fast. If you don't have a bed bug problem yet, you can skip to the end and pick up some super helpful tips for preventing bed bugs.
At Go-Forth Pest Control, our mission is to help you stay pest-free: By offering resources like this one and providing expert pest control services. For professional bed bug pest control in Greensboro, contact us. We'll guide you toward an effective solution. We're here to help.
Examining Your Home: Where To Look For Bed Bugs
Where on earth are those bugs hiding? How is it you can search your entire bed and not find a single bug? You know you have them, but where are they? Bed bugs like tight spaces and are able to hide in places that might surprise you. The first place to check are areas you may not consider, including:
- Look under the feet of your bed frame or bed stand. A bed bug nymph is a speck of an insect. It starts its life at only about 1/26 of an inch. It can slip into the smallest space where the foot on a bed frame has a warp or imperfection.
- Probe along the seams of your mattress and box spring. You can have dozens of bed bugs hiding in your seams. When you slide something in that tight space, you can bring evidence of bed bugs to the surface, such as adult bugs, nymphs, tiny white eggs, shed skins, or black feces.
- Check under labels or in the gap around grommets. Two dozen bed bugs can hide inside a tight space the size of your pinky fingernail. They are found in surprisingly tiny areas.
- Use a flashlight to check every tiny gap in your bed frame. If you see something wiggling in response to the light, you've found bed bugs.
- Inspect the area around your bed. Bed bugs don't only hide in beds. They're found in structural hiding places near beds, such as along carpet edges, in the gaps of baseboards, around outlet covers, etc.
As you search for bed bugs in Greensboro, you also need to consider the dark voids they hide inside. You may have bed bugs inside your mattress or box spring if you have a rip. They may get inside your bed frame if there is a hollow space. But, what you might not understand is that they can get into hollow spaces outside of your bed, such as a void within an alarm clock, wall clock, computer, wall painting, lamp, or other items around your bedroom. You may even have bed bugs hiding inside the earphones you use while you're on the computer. They tuck themselves into their hiding places and stay hidden during the day. And, since they're so tiny, they can hide in places you just don't expect.
If you do a thorough search for bed bugs and still don't find them using these tips, remember that your Go-Forth Pest Control team is here for you. We don't only look for the presence of bed bugs but also signs of bed bugs. We'll show you what we find and give you the expert advice you need to solve your pest problem.
Bed Bug Problems: They Aren't Just Going To Go Away
Since bed bugs are elusive, some folks just put up with them at first. Often, the hope that they'll go away drives this decision. If you have bed bug infestation, it is essential that you understand what bed bugs are doing inside your home and why they aren't going to go away.
Why You Have Bed Bugs: These are hitchhiking pests. They travel from location to location passively. If you have them, it is because they hitched a ride into your home. They don't live outdoors. Therefore, they don't return to the outside when you attempt to use repellents.
What Bed Bugs Do In Your Home: Bed bugs don't sit around watching television or playing video games. They sleep during the day and are actively looking for food at night. Their preferred food source is human blood. The bed bugs in your home will seek blood meals as they need them and grow a population. As they grow, the bites will increase by a factor of three as these insects often draw three meals during feeding times on the nights when they come out to feed.
Why Bed Bugs Aren't Going Away: All bed bugs need is food, and your home has an abundant food source. They will grow a population. It is a simple fact. They aren't ever going to return to the outdoors since they didn't come in from your yard.
The only way to stop bed bugs is to apply pest control to eliminate their population entirely. It is a tricky prospect as bed bugs are incredibly elusive and resilient to many control products. If you have bed bugs in your home, we strongly recommend contacting local pest control for bed bugs.
Eliminating Bed Bugs: The Smart Solution For Your Home
What happens when you contact a licensed pest management professional to address a bed bug infestation? What do professionals do that you won't? It all comes down to training and experience. When dealing with a hard-to-control pest, like bed bugs, professionals use their own field experience and leverage the experience of other pest professionals to select an effective control strategy. There is no way to share that information with you effectively, as there are many steps and your control needs are specific to your infestation. We could tell you the specific products we use, and you might still have a hard time eliminating the bed bugs in your home. There is prep work to do, control materials to consider, the selection of bed bug control products (like mattress encasements), an application of monitoring devices, knowledge of inspection techniques to apply, and an experience with bed bug behavior patterns, and more. It is a complex process that your pest control professional is trained to handle.
Do you have questions? Would you like to know some of the specific ways we address bed bug control in Greensboro? We're happy to answer them. You can contact us at any time.
Preventing Bed Bug Infestations: Tips And Techniques
We hope you found this page before bed bugs invaded your home. While bed bug control is best left to the professionals, there are many ways you can prevent a bed bug infestation. As promised, here are our suggestions from our on-staff bed bug experts:
- Always keep watch for bed bugs when away from home, even during the day. Look for black fecal spots accompanied by brown stains. Use your nose to detect the scent of bed bug pheromones, which many people describe as smelling like coriander. Watch for bed bug nymphs that are white or tan and about 1/26 of an inch long.
- When staying somewhere away from home, do a quick inspection. During your inspection, keep your luggage in your vehicle or in the bathroom. Check for black and brown stains on sheets, pillowcases, and upholstery.
- While away from home, manage your clothing. Store luggage off the ground and away from beds. Use a rack when opening your luggage. Store laundry items in a sealed plastic bag. Refrain from hanging clothes over chairs or on your bed.
- When you return home from staying the night somewhere, put your clothing through a hot soapy wash. Soap dries bed bugs out and may eliminate them. For added control, put your clothing in the dryer for more than thirty minutes. Heat eliminates bed bugs in all stages of development.
- When buying used furniture or electronics, always inspect for bed bug activity before bringing them into your home. Look for all the signs mentioned above.
- Perform routine inspections of your home to catch bed bugs early. The earlier you catch them, the easier it is for your pest professional to get control of those bugs – which can add up to savings.
Our hope is that you never get bed bugs. But if you do, remember that your Go-Forth Pest Control team is here to help. Contact us for fast and effective bed bug control in Greensboro and the surrounding area. We have the solution to your pest problem.