How To Keep Bed Bugs Out Of Your Oklahoma City Home

August 17, 2021

A home is supposed to be a safe haven from the outside world and the stressors it provides, but sometimes those stressors hitch a ride on our shoulders and sneak inside with us. Pests like bed bugs can't infest properties on their own, so they depend on larger creatures to carry them off to new and exciting places. It's because of this that bed bugs can and will infest anywhere; whether your Oklahoma City home looks like a palace fit for the queen, or like a trash tornado swept through each room, bed bugs won't discriminate.

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Facts About Bed Bugs And How They Infest Oklahoma City Homes

Bed bugs are small wingless insects, roughly ¼ of an inch in length, with flat, reddish-brown, oval-shaped bodies. These pests are nocturnal, usually only emerging from their hiding spots after nightfall, which means they can go undetected for months while they build their empire and spread throughout your entire Oklahoma City home. Eggs and nymphs are especially difficult to spot since they're much smaller and usually translucent.

Often referred to as the hitchhikers of the pest world, bed bugs only infest when they're brought into a new area. They can't invade on their own, since they're not particularly fast crawlers, and they don't have wings to carry them from place to place. Since they're such expert hiders though, they can often go undetected in more crowded areas:

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes

  • Strip malls

  • Airports

  • Bus stations

  • College dorms

  • Thrift stores

  • Apartments

  • Hotels and motels

How You Can Prevent Bed Bugs From Infesting Your Oklahoma City Home

While it can be tricky to spot a bed bug infestation, it's not impossible. During the day, bed bugs hide in tight crevices and between the seams of furniture. The best areas to look for possible evidence are within couch cushions, in the seams of beds and bedding, and crevices between the wall and carpeting. If an infestation is out of control, they'll even hide in appliances and behind wall sockets, and you might even find them climbing up curtains as well.

Evidence of an infestation looks like excessive reddish-brown grime, molted skin, brown stains, and dead carcasses. Grime, molted skin, and dead carcasses are usually found within the crevices, while brown stains are more often found on bedding linens and furniture upholstery. Keeping all of this in mind, taking precautions is relatively simple:

  • Thoroughly inspect any hotel room you stay in for signs of bed bugs

  • Keep luggage and purses elevated off the floor

  • Never pick up used furniture from the side of the road

  • Thoroughly inspect clothing items and used furniture from second-hand shops before purchasing

  • Have your luggage dry-cleaned after any trips away from home

  • Wash and dry your clothing in the hottest settings when you get home; bed bugs are heat sensitive

What To Do If Your Oklahoma City Home Falls Prey To A Bed Bug Infestation

Unfortunately, preventative measures are never completely foolproof, and bed bugs are super sneaky pests. Trying to get rid of an infestation on your own is nearly impossible as well unless you have $2,000 and two months of your time to invest in deep cleaning and treating your home. Bed bug extermination equipment isn't cheap, and it doesn't make sense to buy the equipment you'll only use once.

Thankfully, you don't have to fight them alone. Dandi Guaranty has been battling pests since 1959, and with that much experience, you'd better believe they know what they're doing! We offer flexible treatment plans for each customer to choose from, we only use the highest quality pest control products on the market, and we pride ourselves in delivering 100% customer satisfaction, but don't take our word for it. Get in contact with us today, and start enjoying restful sleep again.

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