While they may not grow much bigger than an apple seed, the small, oval-shaped, reddish-brown body of a bed bug can still breed big problems for Oklahoma City homes. Although you may spot live bed bugs scurrying across your sheets in the middle of the night or even find the physical remains of dead bed bugs in cracks and crevices, there are plenty of other tell-tale signs that you’ve got a bed bug problem.
Here are some of the signs that you have a bed bug problem:
Discarded skin and eggshells: Before you see live bed bugs, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to spot discarded eggshells or even shed skins in areas where bed bugs are most active – like the crack of your mattress or near furniture.
Blood spots on sheets and pillowcases: Since bed bugs prefer to feed at night while you sleep, you may roll over on these pests and crush them in the middle of the night. As a result, you may find bloodstains on sheets and pillowcases.
Excrement stains: Along with the bloodstains from crushing bed bugs in your sleep, you can also find dark excrement stains in other places where they’re more active, including near walls, sheets, mattresses, or bedclothes.
Musty odor: Bed bugs emit a musty odor from their scent glands. Although you may not notice this scent with a small infestation, it can become more noticeable as the infestation grows. If you’re smelling a musty odor around your home or even in specific rooms, like your bedroom, it could be from bed bugs.
If you’re spotting the signs of bed bugs listed above and think you may have an infestation on your hands, the next step is getting them out of your Oklahoma City home permanently. Here’s what homeowners should know about how bed bug infestations start and why they’re difficult to get rid of, how professional bed bug control services work, and what to do if you suspect you’ve got an existing bed bug problem.
How Do Bed Bug Infestations Start & Why Are They So Difficult To Eliminate?
Most bed bug infestations start through traveling. If you visit a hotel, airport, or even a friend’s house where there’s already a bed bug problem, these critters like to hitch a ride on your luggage, clothing, or other personal belongings and come back home with you. In some cases, you could also purchase furniture or other items already infested with bed bugs and accidentally transport them into your home that way.
Because bed bug infestations don’t start like a lot of other pest problems do, they’re more difficult to prevent. Bed bugs aren’t attracted to human food or water like some rodents or cockroaches might be – they’re only interested in feasting on a human host. Not to mention, bed bugs can live almost anywhere that there’s human activity, so places like hotels, airports, or public transportation, can all put you at risk for ending up with a bed bug infestation.
How Professional Bed Bug Control Works
Bed bugs reproduce quickly, hide in the tiniest cracks and crevices, and can go months without eating a single meal – which makes them difficult to get rid of once they’re inside your home. DIY bed bug solutions may deal with some of the infestation, but most of these home remedies aren’t effective for the entire population.
Professional bed bug control, however, takes a different approach. With a professional treatment, you’ll get an initial inspection to determine the extent and severity of the infestation, as well as an individualized treatment plan designed for your home. And, unlike DIY solutions, a professional bed bug control program from Guaranteed Pest Service of Oklahoma also comes with a satisfaction guarantee – our job isn’t done until your home is completely and permanently bed bug-free.
How Guaranteed Pest Service Of Oklahoma Can Get Bed Bugs Out Of Your Home
At Guaranteed Pest Service of Oklahoma, we understand how serious bed bug infestations can be – and our first priority is providing your home with pet-friendly, reliable, and effective treatments that can conquer any bed bug infestation – big or small. If you’re noticing some of the signs of a bed bug problem or even discovered live bed bugs in your home, there’s no reason to wait. Contact us at Guaranteed Pest Control today to get started with pest control in Oklahoma City.