You’ve found small, red marks on your skin and you’re afraid of where they are coming from? After finding even more reddish bumps in a small cluster on your skin which you can’t seem to stop itching, your fears are confirmed. Despite your home being immaculately clean and taking the greatest precautions, bed bugs have found their way there. How have these small insects managed to spread all the way to your home? Ever-present and forever finding a way to increase their unwelcome population, how do bed bugs manage to spread so rapidly?
CAN BED BUGS FLY?
You would be forgiven for thinking that these bed bugs are airborne. How else do they manage to spread so quickly? To find their way onto every available surface? The surprising reality is that bed bugs aren’t can’t fly – they don’t even have wings. The simple fact is that bed bugs are wingless and therefore they cannot fly. This doesn’t stop them from being one of the most popular forms of residential pests around the world, which needs expert care from and control from Truly Nolen to remove.
Typically, bed bugs will transport their colonies to new locations through human beings. Although they can’t fly bed bugs can move quickly over floors, ceilings, and walls. Not known for jumping large distances they are still extremely able in crawling and climbing their way onto various materials. This is how they move so fast, taking any opportunity they can.
Bed bugs are the masters of free rides. Their favorite meal is human, as opposed to furry mammals, and this is how they tend to spread. They can quickly attach themselves to human clothing, wallets, gym bags, and other items which may have been left near sleeping areas. They also hide in beds (particularly around mattress springs), couches and other bedroom furniture, preferring to remain in groups and wait until night time when they become more active.
HOW TO TREAT BED BUGS
One of the most popular misconceptions about bed bugs is that once you spot the infestation, your bed must be disposed of. If you remove their home then you remove the source, right? Thankfully, this is not always the case. First of all, bed bugs will infect far more than just your bed. And, since you and your belongings are the transport medium, you’ll be spreading the pest without knowing it. They’ll take over your floors, walls, sofas, and chairs. That being said, with proper care and removal your bed, furniture, and favourite clothing can be saved.
Bed bugs are normally very small and can be as little as 1mm long. Being so small, there’s every chance that you won’t be able to see them – especially since the symptoms of their bites can sometimes take weeks to develop. They can be as thin as a credit card, squeezing into impossibly small spaces. Female bed bugs can lay 4-5 eggs daily, each of them as small as a speck of dust. For this reason, it is important that you contact residential pest control companies to remove an infestation as quickly as possible.
Once these pests find their way into your home they are extremely difficult to remove and are not easily treated by insecticides. Expert help is required. A bed bug infestation is a serious problem which requires proper care and planning to eliminate. An expert will know exactly where to look, saving you time in identifying the hiding place, and they will also be able to remove the infestation without having to permanently remove your possessions. You’ll be able to sleep tight with no bed bugs around to bite.