What Causes Bed Bugs In Oklahoma City Homes?

April 28, 2021

As one of the most enjoyable cities to visit in the Midwest, Oklahoma City gets more than its fair share of visitors. While these travelers may stimulate the economy and add a layer of fun to our beloved OKC, many people don’t understand that the more tourists we get, the higher our chances of incurring bed bug problems in our homes will become. There are a lot of unknowns about what causes bed bugs, but getting to know these tiny home invaders can help you keep them out.

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As one of the most enjoyable cities to visit in the Midwest, Oklahoma City gets more than its fair share of visitors. While these travelers may stimulate the economy and add a layer of fun to our beloved OKC, many people don’t understand that the more tourists we get, the higher our chances of incurring bed bug problems in our homes will become. There are a lot of unknowns about what causes bed bugs, but getting to know these tiny home invaders can help you keep them out.

Hitchhiking Nightmares

Bed bugs in OKC are a lot like ticks. They are tiny and circular and they love to feed on human blood. However, bed bugs are much smaller than ticks (only about five millimeters around). You may think that bed bugs invade your home if you don’t wash the sheets or if you leave too much clutter lying around, but that’s just wishful thinking. If that were the case, all you’d have to do is keep your home tidy and you’d never have to deal with a bed bug infestation.
 
Unfortunately, bed bugs are creatures of opportunity. They’ll look for any way they can to get closer to their next source of food, including hitching a ride on various items you bring into your house all the time. They’ll cling on to shoes, clothing, and even pets to find a way into your house before spreading to any one of your furniture items with a little bit of cushion they can hide in. (Yes, it’s true. They don’t just infest mattresses).
 
You’re most likely to bring bed bugs into your home on luggage, as transportation hubs like airport terminals or bus stations can be high-risk areas for picking up bed bugs. Setting your bag on the ground or next to an infested piece of luggage could allow bed bugs to migrate onto your bag and straight into your house. Before entering your home, be sure to check your luggage (or anyone else’s who may be visiting).
 
Another common way bed bugs enter homes is on secondhand furniture. If you think you’re getting a great deal on any sort of used appliance (from mattresses to refrigerators or even a chair from an office), be aware that it could be carrying bed bugs. Make sure to be very careful about bringing anything into your home without thoroughly inspecting it yourself.

Spotting The Signs

Another common misconception about bed bugs is that they are not a health threat. It’s true that they have never been linked to disease transmission, but a prolonged bed bug infestation can lead to health effects such as skin irritations (from excessive scratching), insomnia, and anemia that will remain even after an infestation is over.
 
It’s important to know how to spot an infestation early to avoid these dangerous health effects. It’s rare to see the actual bed bugs (since they wait until you’ve stopped moving to feed on your blood). However, there are other signs you may notice, like a musty odor on furniture, rust-colored rings left behind on bedding or drapes from their excrement, and red bumps on your skin in a straight line or zig-zagged pattern.
 
If you do spot signs of an infestation, don’t try and deal with bed bugs yourself. Home remedies like vacuuming or spray concoctions only eradicate the surface layer of bed bugs, leaving eggs under the surface of the furniture, unaffected.
 
The most effective way to avoid the health hazards of a prolonged infestation is with treatments from professional bed bug technicians. Call Dandi Guaranty at the first sign of a problem. We can help you get back to being bed bug-free so you can rest easy!

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