December Pest of the Month: Bedbugs
If you've ever had bed bugs in your home, you know just how frustrating they can be. These little critters are unfortunately common, especially in big cities, and they are very difficult to get rid of. Here's everything you need to know about these frustrating pests.
How to Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small, brown bugs roughly the size and shape of an apple seed. Although they like to hide, they are typically fairly easy to spot if you are paying attention. As their name suggests, they typically live in beds but can live in other items like luggage or clothing. They survive by biting humans and animals and feeding on their blood. Your first indication that you have bedbugs will likely be a series of itchy red bumps on areas that are exposed while you are sleeping. Many people confuse these bites for mosquito bites or flea bites.
Why Bed Bugs Are A Problem
The biggest reason you'll want to eliminate bed bugs is just that they are annoying. The bites can get very itchy and uncomfortable, particularly if you have a lot of them. They also multiply quickly, so it's important to take steps to eliminate them as soon as you identify them to prevent them from spreading even further. Although they don't spread diseases, they can lead to skin rashes in the worst cases.
How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are notoriously hard to kill, so if you think you have them, you need to get a pest control specialist involved as soon as possible. They will confirm the infestation and determine the best way to get rid of them. When the bed bugs are exterminated, you will need to wash all of your clothes and blankets thoroughly and replace anything that can't be washed, like pillows, mattresses, and luggage. Your pest control company will give you more guidance depending on the specifics of the situation.
If you're living in south Louisiana and you have bed bugs, don't panic. Call Bayou Cajun Termite and Pest Control today to make an appointment. We provide comprehensive bed bug extermination and other pest control services.