4 Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Tulsa Home
January 6, 2021
When you lay down to sleep at night, you’ll sometimes feel like there could be bugs in your bed. Maybe it’s a nervous itch, or maybe it’s your imagination making you think something just crawled across your foot. The scary part about bed bugs, however, is that you’d probably never notice them until they became a serious problem. Unfortunately, bed bugs thrive in Oklahoma. If you want to protect your Tulsa home from bed bugs, you need to be on the lookout for the warning signs they leave behind so that you can treat an infestation as quickly as possible.
Spotting Bed Bug Activity
Bed bugs are one of the smallest home-invading pests, only measuring about five millimeters in length. These gray, oval-shaped pests move very slowly, so they come out at night, when you’re lying still for a while, in order to feed on your blood through a tube.
Since they’re small and mostly active when you’re asleep, you probably won’t actually see bed bugs if you have an infestation. You’re far more likely to notice other warning signs of bed bug activity before you ever notice the pests themselves. These signs include:
Small, red, itchy bites: bed bug bites are often the first thing you’ll notice in the event of an infestation. They’ll usually be in a straight-lined or zig-zagged pattern on your skin.
Small bloodstains: as bed bugs feed, they’ll actually leave tiny blood droplets on your mattress or furniture.
Dark rings: these rings are bed bug excrement left on your furniture and should be very noticeable on a light backdrop.
Musty odor: in the event of a severe infestation, you might be able to smell these pests before you see blood stains or dark rings.
You're probably thinking that a few itchy red bumps isn’t much to worry about. However, you might be interested to know that homeowners that suffer a prolonged bed bug infestation report skin irritations, insomnia, and anemia. Even worse, these effects last long after the bed bugs have been eradicated. Between these negative effects and the difficulty that comes with eliminating a bed bug infestation, it should come as no surprise that getting them out as quickly as possible is a necessity.
Getting (And Keeping) Bed Bugs Out
Homeowners often make it harder on themselves by trying to handle bed bug problems on their own. The Internet encourages the use of vacuums and sprays, along with washing your linens in hot water. However, these remedies only get rid of the bed bugs on the surface, and do little to eliminate the infestation as a whole. These pests typically burrow deep within your furniture cushions and mattresses to lay eggs, which will make the cycle repeat itself every week or so.
In order to avoid an infestation in the first place, you need to understand how bed bugs get in. By clinging on to various items like clothes, shoes, and luggage, bed bugs will hitchhike right into your house from anywhere in the world. That’s what makes traveling so risky. Bed bugs can migrate from bag to bag if given enough time, so travel hubs like airport terminals and train stations are high-risk bed bug areas.
*Pro-tip: Don’t put your suitcase down on your bed when you enter a hotel room. Always check the bed for signs of bed bugs before you unpack. If you leave your suitcase on the bed only to notice bed bugs later that night, they might wind up traveling back home with you from your trip. *
You could also get bed bugs from buying secondhand furniture. Keep in mind that bed bugs will infest anywhere, even places without mattresses. Buying a chair from an office building is just as risky as buying a used mattress or couch, so be sure to check for signs of bed bugs before bringing these items into your home.
Call Dandi for Help with Bed Bugs
If you do spot signs of bed bugs around your house, don’t waste your time on home remedies that put you at risk for insomnia and anemia. Instead, go with the solution that works the first time. Call the professionals at Dandi Guaranty right away. Contact us today and find out Oklahoma residents trust us for all their bed bug treatment needs.