What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic insects; however, they don't live on a host like other common Havertown pests. They are also nocturnal, so you might not see them before you suspect a bed bug problem, but if you do, you may notice they have flat, oval-shaped bodies that are reddish-brown and about 1/4 of an inch long. However, they will become swollen and a noticeably brighter red color after feeding.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

It's easy to assume bed bugs are a dangerous pest because of their need to take blood meals. But they are a nuisance pest compared to other similar critters that spread diseases.

So bed bugs may not spread diseases, but they can still cause problems once they infest. The most apparent issue that comes with bed bugs is the high-stress environment they create.

Living in a home with any pest can cause people to lose sleep or have difficulty eating, but bed bugs are particularly unsettling and stressful. Likely, it's because they are known to come out at night to feed, which means they live around beds.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are unique from many other common home-invading pests because they don't get into a house on their own. These pests hitchhike from public places or other infested homes.

Some places where bed bugs can spread are schools, offices, theaters, and restaurants, to name a few. But they can also infest through secondhand goods or traveling between units in buildings.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Although beds and sleeping areas are their preferred locations, you may find bed bugs in many places in a house once they infest. You may find them in furniture joints, seams of upholstered furniture and curtains, crevices of appliances, outlets, behind baseboards and wallpaper, and just about anywhere else you can imagine.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are a lot more challenging to eliminate than you might think because they can hide in tight cracks and crevices that are difficult to reach.

Luckily, our team at Cunningham Pest Control provides expert bed bug control to help get rid of bed bugs in your home:

  • First, we will perform a visual inspection to identify your bed bug problem.
  • We will then provide a pre-treatment checklist that is essential to achieving successful results.
  • Treatments are available as a single room or whole house option.
  • We implement multiple treatments plus a final inspection to ensure your problem is taken care of.

We also offer monitoring services and bed covers, so contact us at Cunningham Pest Control today to learn about our home pest control and commercial pest control options.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

To prevent bringing bed bugs into your home, here are three simple tips you can use to reduce the likelihood of this happening:

  1. Don't put your belongings on the floor in public places.
  2. Check rooms before you stay when traveling.
  3. Inspect secondhand items before bringing them inside.

We also recommend using protective coverings on all mattresses and box springs to prevent these pests from spreading.

To learn more about bed bug control and prevention, call Cunningham Pest Control.