How To Tell If It's Bed Bugs In Your Tulsa Home
September 17, 2021
Do you share your bed at night? Many people share their sleeping space with their significant other. This is normal and often aids in better more peaceful rest. What doesn’t help people sleep better is sharing their beds with bugs. Every day, bed bugs invade homes here in Tulsa. These invasive pests wreck sleep and cause a tremendous amount of trouble. They are also incredibly difficult to identify, that is unless you know what to look for. That is why we are here today. Here is everything you need to know to identify bed bugs and what to do if you find them inside your Tulsa home.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Have you heard the bedtime rhyme: “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.”? Many think that the term “bed bugs” in this rhyme refers to a general group of bugs that invade beds. This isn’t the case. Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown, oval-shaped insects with a hunger for blood. One common misconception about these pests is that they exclusively live in and around beds. The truth is bed bugs spread out when they invade homes, hiding inside wall voids, inside electronics, and in other secluded areas.
Signs Bed Bugs Leave Behind
Because bed bugs themselves are elusive, it is important that you know what signs these pests leave around the areas they infest. To break things down, here are a few clues every homeowner should know.
Blood Stains: Bed bugs are gluttonous insects. After feeding, it is not uncommon for these pests to have trouble holding in their meal. This usually results in blood dribbling. After waking up in the morning, check your bed coverings for the spots of blood their dribbling leaves behind.
Fecal Droppings: After a bed bug finishes a blood meal and has fully processed it, they excrete out what is left over. These secretions are reddish-black and are most commonly found around cracks and crevices around homes, along baseboards, near headrests, and around outlets.
Shed Skin: Bed bugs go through several stages of development before reaching adulthood. Between each stage, they shed their skin. This shed skin is light-colored and flaky often to the point where it looks more like dust than skin.
Hot Spots For Bed Bug Activity
Bed bugs do not just live inside homes. These pests are found anywhere people gather. Some hotspots where you are most likely to pick up a bed bug infestation include hotels, motels, airports, bus stations, and unkempt hospitals. You may also come in contact with these pests when shopping at supermarkets, or hanging out at entertainment centers. To avoid bed bugs when you are out, check rooms you will be staying in for the signs they leave behind, don’t leave items on the ground in public for more than 20 minutes at a time, and store used clothing inside tightly-sealed plastic bags.
What To Do If Your Home Has Bed Bugs
When bed bugs invade a home, they are a pain to eliminate. To help you with your home’s bed bug problems, let the experts at Dandi Guaranty lend you a helping hand. Our team of friendly and experienced technicians has been dealing with pests for years and would be happy to assist you with any pest problems you are up against. Call us today to find out more about our bed bug control methods and schedule your Tulsa home for a detailed pest inspection.