The Seven Letter Nightmare – BED BUGS!
Nothing stirs up more internal anxiety in a person’s mind than bed bugs do. It really doesn’t need to be that way.
Here at MassBedBugBusters, we are all about bed bug education first. It sad that most of our clients call us saying, “I wish I had known.”
Sure, people read about bed bug outbreaks in the news, but never think that they would ever be subject to their presence.
We work towards getting people to talk about them openly and honestly. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if you wind up with a bed bug hitchhiker. It’s not your fault, it just is, what it is.
It’s no different then going to a theater, or an airplane and picking up head lice from the previous person.
Who’s at Risk?
Anyone who has blood running through their veins is at risk for bed bugs. Bed bugs are parasites that feed exclusively on blood. Without blood they can’t survive.
Many people haven’t a clue that they have bed bugs because they are not affected by their bites. This is why people must check for signs often. We suggest every time you change your sheets [weekly], to check for signs.
What are the Signs of Bed Bugs?
For those affected by their bites, the first sign of bed bugs may be mysterious, itchy bites.
After feeding, which occurs every 5 to 7 days, you might find blood stains or fecal stains.
When first introduced, bed bugs are so good at hiding that many people can’t find any signs.
At any rate, as they continue to reproduce, you’ll begin to find blood smears, little clusters of shed skins and fecal matter. And if you’re lucky, in some cases, you may find a bug here or there.
Normally, bed bugs congregate towards the head of the bed where you emit CO2 from your breath. If you’re a couch sleeper, or easy chair lounger, they may be there as well.
Bed bugs will follow you if you choose to move from your bed to a couch. The number one-way people spread them is changing sleeping or resting areas.
Suppose you can’t find any blood stains, fecal stains (bed bug poop), eggs, cast skins or bugs, but the bites continue.
We bring in our trained bed bug detections dogs to target the area where a bed bug(s) may be hiding.
Our dogs are specially trained on the *live* scent of bed bugs, much like dogs that are used for police.
Treatments are easier once our dogs pinpoint the area where the bugs are hiding. Often, professional services can be eliminated if they haven’t spread to other parts of your home.
Self-Treating for Bed Bugs?
One or two bed bugs are not an infestation. Infestations take months to build-up.
Eliminating bed bug infestations isn’t always easy and can be a challenge. They are much easier to eliminate if they are found close to when they were introduced.
Be careful of grabbing up anything that says bed bugs on the label. Not all products work as promised. Chemicals don’t kill the egg stage and in some cases, bed bugs are resistant to them.
Watch out for product claims. Slathering copious amounts of Diatomaceous Earth can cause a toxic respiratory environment no matter how “natural” the product claims. Equally important if you have small children, elderly, pets or someone with a suppressed immune system.
We can point you in the right direction for safe, chemical free methods for bed bug self-treatment. In the same way, we’ve worked with many of those who have gotten rid of bed bugs before they had a chance to build into an infestation.
You don’t have to wonder if you got all the bed bugs. Our dogs are great for post treatment inspections. Eliminating all bed bugs brings relief and peace of mind.
If your struggling with not knowing whether you have bed bugs or not, please reach out. In addition, we are always here to help in both education and detection.
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