Bed bugs could easily be called "surprise pests." They seem to appear out of thin air. Once you finally notice they are inside your Reno home, you might already have a large infestation. These critters waste no time reproducing in mass. Given that they are no larger than an apple seed, the naked eye could miss them very easily. But, they certainly aren't invisible, and they will leave clues that they are present. While bed bugs aren't known to spread diseases or cause building damage, they will make it uncomfortable to be in your own home.
Spotting bed bugs as soon as possible is critical in halting a take-over. That said, it would be wise to get familiar with the key signs of an intrusion. Read on to learn about them, and what Pestmaster® Services can do to help.

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How Do You Know When You Have a Bed Bug Infestation?

If you actually see a bed bug, the most common ones are reddish-brown. Their quarter of an inch long bodies have round heads and tails. The upper half of their figure is smaller than the lower portion. They also have antennae and six legs. These insects release pearly white eggs, from which translucent young hatch.

As bed bugs multiply in your home, you'll encounter the following:

  • Blood drops or reddish-brown stains.

  • Black or brown feces that's powdery.

  • Musty odors.

  • Bites on your body that are red and very itchy.

You'll find the blemishes mentioned above and the waste matter on surfaces and fabrics in various rooms, not just on bedding. As for the welts and bumps on your person, they could be on your face, neck, arms, or legs. They'll likely be bunched together and appear very similar to a rash. Bites are the primary indication of a bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs feast on humans and animals because blood is what keeps them alive. Therefore, public places are a logical target. Hotels, hospitals, schools, and offices are crawling with folks. The insects will creep into someone's clothes or personal bags and follow them home. Then, they'll branch off to upholstered furniture and fabrics. Appliances and electronics are also ideal locations because they're nice and warm. Flooring, wood trim, and wallpaper may have been hiding places too.

How Can You Prevent Bed Bugs?

As previously discussed, early detection is an essential factor in stopping bed bugs. It could take some time and get redundant, but you'll often need to inspect your home's interior. Here are the specifics:

  • Examine box springs, head and footboards, mattress seams, and beneath beds with a flashlight.

  • Search through laundry, drawers, purses, and bags.

  • Look around furniture, fixtures, and electronics.

  • Check second-hand items before buying them.

When traveling:

  • Check hotel rooms and ask to switch rooms if you see bed bugs.

  • Put luggage in a plastic bag or protective cover.

  • Wash trip clothes in hot water and dry them on high for at least 20 minutes.

How Does Pestmaster® Services Handle Bed Bugs?

You shouldn't try to exterminate bed bugs on your own. Many retail products and "at home" tricks have low effectiveness. Every insect and egg must be found and eliminated, which is tough to do. Additionally, options like chemical powders are hazardous to use.

Our treatments at Pestmaster® Services are comprehensive and safe. We have expert technicians that know how to apply solutions in a skilled manner. They have heating and freezing equipment, ULV fogging and dusting systems, and residual sprays. All of our services come with a warranty. Call us today!

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