Your Questions Answered
Q: How can I tell if I have a bed bug problem?
A: While bed bugs are great at hiding, they still leave plenty of clues. Signs of bedbugs include itchy red bumps on your body, and small fecal spots around your bedding and between your mattress and box spring. You may also see small translucent bed bug eggs under your sheets or mattress.
Q: Which states have bed bug problems?
A: Bed bugs are present from coast to coast in the US. There’s not one state that hasn’t seen a bedbug outbreak in recent years.
Q: What are bed bugs?
A: Bed bugs are very small insects that feed on the blood of mammals, but live in furniture. They get their name for their most commonly chosen habitat -- beds! They like to live in furniture where warm blooded creatures rest and sleep, so that they can come out in the dark to feast. Bed bugs don’t transmit any known diseases, but once you have an infestation, their bites can cause extreme itchiness and redness all over your body.
Q: Can bed bugs move beyond my bed?
A: Bed bugs are happy to make their home in other types of furniture besides beds. They’ll take up residence in any upholstered furniture, such as couches and chairs, and they’ll even hide behind electrical outlets and in cracks in your flooring or walls.
Q: What are my treatment options for bed bugs?
A: The last thing you want to try to do is treat a bed bug problem on your own. If you don’t completely eliminate the infestation, bed bugs can easily begin to reproduce again, and you’ll have to go through the whole process all over. Bed bugs are notoriously challenging to get rid of, so we advise contacting a professional who can perform a proper examination and extermination. When you hire a professional to get rid of your bed big issue, you can trust that they’ve done it before, and they’re up to date on the proven methods for eliminating bed bugs.
Q: How can I make sure that I don’t bring bed bugs home with me from vacation?
A: Always check the reviews before you book a hotel or a rental to make sure that past customers haven’t had bed bug issues. When you get to a new hotel room, always check for signs of bedbugs before you settle down. Pull back the sheets and make sure that there are no eggs or fecal spots, and even check in drawers, behind hanging photos, and around headboards. Rather than storing your clothing in the provided wooden dressers at a hotel room or rental, either leave your clothing in your luggage, or hang it up when possible.