Bed Bugs: Risks, Symptoms, Prevention and Extermination


In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on bed bugs and how they can be identified. These invasive pests, which bite and feed on human blood, are also known for their versatility and ability to spread between locations, and preventing them involves understand how they behave.

At A-1 Exterminators, we’re happy to offer a wide range of bed bug prevention and extermination services along with our other pest control solutions. Why are bed bugs a harmful risk to humans that needs to be removed in the first place, even beyond the annoyance of their presence? Beyond this, how can they be prevented or removed from a given location? This part two of our series will go over all the details.

Bed Bug Risks and Symptoms

As we noted in part one, bed bugs feed on blood – they actually require it to both breed and survive. They do this through a series of tiny bites, which will often give off red and itchy marks. These marks will typically have a darker red spot right at their center, though this isn’t always the case.

In many situations, bed bug bites will show up in a line or cluster on a similar area of the body. The most common body areas here are the face, neck, arms and hands. In certain cases, some people have allergic reactions to bed bug bites that also lead to severe itching, plus blisters or hives on the skin. If these allergic reactions take place, you should seek medical attention.

Bed Bug Prevention

Here are some general tips on preventing a bed bug infestation:

  • Transportation elements: Any item that sits on the ground, seats or other similar areas, including briefcases, laptops or others, could be a carrier for bed bugs. Take great care with where these items are stored.
  • Bedding and upholstery: Any bedding or upholstery products entering the home, especially used ones, should be inspected and potentially run through the wash first.
  • Hotels: Check the bed and mattress area for any signs of bed bugs, plus keep luggage on tables or dressers rather than the floor.

In addition, if you’ve had bed bug issues in your home before or are worried you’re dealing with an infestation, wear clothing that covers your skin while you sleep to avoid bites. You may also consider bug spray and mosquito netting as temporary prevention techniques.

Extermination Services

For any kind of bed bug infestation, however, extermination will be required. Call our team about the best methods for removing your bed bug infestation permanently.

For more on bed bugs and how to get rid of them, or to learn about any of our pest control services, speak to the staff at A-1 Exterminators today.

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