How To Tell If Your Oklahoma City Home Has Bed Bugs

bed bug on a mattress
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood by piercing the skin, typically while the host is sleeping. These pests can sense a person’s body heat and the presence of carbon dioxide generated when breathing. They have a flat oval body that is roughly 1/5 to 3/8 of an inch long and are wingless. Young bed bugs often appear as tan but soon change to a reddish-brown color once they begin consuming blood. The females can produce eggs each day, which can cause minor intrusions to expand significantly within your home. Travelers are among those most likely to encounter bed bugs. These encounters usually occur in hotel rooms or when using shared modes of transportation. People are encouraged to examine all belongings upon returning home. Wash any affected clothing, then dry it on a heated setting. They may also be brought indoors within second-hand (used) furniture or appliances. 

How Dangerous Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are primarily seen as a nuisance and are unlikely to spread any diseases or otherwise pose risks to human health. Some individuals do have allergic reactions to bites and should avoid scratching these sensitive areas, potentially creating a secondary infection. 

Signs Of A Bed Bug Intrusion

  • People will rarely wake up when bitten by a bed bug; however, the skin will typically have red spots or rashes that are itchy on parts of the body, including the back, arms, legs, and more. 
  • Light or transparent casings or shells composed of skin that they shed are often visible.
  • Look for small blood stains on clothing, bedding, mattresses, etc. 
  • Their fecal matter will also create small black stains that resemble markings from a felt tip marker. 
  • Bed bug eggs are small, sticky, and white.

Best Course Of Action Following A Bed Bug Intrusion

Many property owners fail to realize that bed bugs are among the most resilient types of pests that invade our living space. These pests are mostly nocturnal and will usually retreat to hiding places during the daytime hours in anticipation of nightfall. In many cases, surface treatments will irritate bed bugs; however, they can burrow deep into walls, ceilings, and floorboards and often relocate to adjacent rooms or residential units. 
Local and online retailers advertise various do-it-yourself home treatment options such as foggers, aerosol sprays, and powders announced sensationally.  Many of those who deploy these products at their home soon realize that they are insufficient for completely eradicating bed bugs that have become well-entrenched. To best ensure you resolve these problems, we recommend that you contact a certified local exterminator for assistance.  

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The team of experienced specialists with the Guaranteed Pest Service of Oklahoma is committed to operating according to the industry’s leading safety standards and practices. We have continued to use the latest methods, tools, and products to deliver excellent results for our customers for nearly 30 years. 
You deserve to enjoy a restful night’s sleep that is free from the stress and anxiety of bed bugs! Please remember to ask about our current discount opportunities that are often available for new customers, military members, and seniors. Contact our office today to request a thorough interior and exterior property inspection and estimate. 

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