You’ve just found some odd bumps on your body and you see some spots of what looks like blood on your bed. What kind of a pest would cause such a situation? The answer is a bug that could also be referred to as a “hitchhiking vampire”—the bed bug.
A brief history of bed bugs is as follows:
Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years. During the 1940s, they were believed to be nearly extinct in developed countries. In the mid-1990s, they began to be more common due to a combination of factors—the outlawing of certain chemicals used to treat them and an increase in world travel. “Hitchhiking vampires” seems like a fitting name for them because they hitchhike from one location to another by crawling onto your clothing or into your suitcases and travel from place to place that way. Common bed bugs like to eat human blood and live in warm homes—particularly around beds and bedding.
Bed bugs are hard to detect because they are usually active at night, they hide in cracks and crevices during the day and lay their eggs in places that will be relatively undisturbed but still close to their victim.
Bed bugs like to feast every night and can cause mental and physical problems for their victims. Mentally, they cause things like anxiety and depression. Physically, although it is unknown whether or not bed bugs transmit disease, they can indirectly contribute to MRSA.
Many DIY methods for getting rid of bed bugs can be costly and harmful to your health. There have been reports of unintentional poisonings and fires from DIY bed bug treatments gone wrong. At Sterling Pest Control, we have the experience and the tools needed to help you in your fight against bed bugs. If you’ve found your home invaded by these blood-sucking pests, contact us, and we’ll gladly help you dispose of them.