Bed bugs are becoming a significant problem in this country and around the world. Bed bugs are easily spread and can be difficult to treat, resulting in a rapid growth in the number of outbreaks.
Protecting Your Home and Family from Bed Bugs
The key to eradicating bed bugs is being familiar with the signs and knowing how to get rid of bed bugs. While there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of infestation, Mars recommends a professional pest control bed bug service if you discover them in your home.
Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. Despite their blood-feeding nature, bed bugs have not been shown to transmit any diseases. However, the fear of bed bug infestations and bed bug bites can lead to emotional distress. Bed bug bites do not hurt, although bites may result in an itchy welt, which causes discomfort and can lead to secondary infection of the bite wound due to scratching. Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites, which sometimes occur with bed bugs.
Sources of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs usually enter your home carried on clothing, luggage or furniture. The most common source of bed bugs is to stay at a hotel with an infestation. Bed bugs or their eggs get into clothing or suitcases and are then transported home. It is important to check for signs of bed bugs prior to staying in your hotel room. If there are any signs of bed bugs when staying at a hotel, particularly being bitten when sleeping or seeing blood spots on sheets, take great care in bringing your personal belongings home. If you suspect bed bugs, hotel staff should be immediately notified.