Bed bugs have become a big problem in the United States, including the Portland area. They spread easily and once you have them, they are very difficult to get rid of. Having the bugs is bad enough, but bed bugs are particularly troublesome because they feed on your blood. This leaves behind welts that itch worse than mosquito bites.
It is usually easy to tell when you have bed bugs because you notice red bites on your skin that itch constantly. You may think they are mosquito bites at first because you notice the itching long before you see the bed bugs. Bed bugs usually come out at night so you don’t see them crawling around during the day. You can look for signs of them such as dark blood spots on your mattress and clothing.
If you think you have bed bugs, inspect your mattress and bed frame first. Look in seams and cracks in wood because the bugs like to hide. They probably won’t be too far from your bed where they get an easy meal at night while you sleep. If you see the bugs hiding in your mattress, you don’t want to run from them and sleep in a different room because the bed bugs will just follow you and then spread throughout your home.
If you have bed bugs, the smart thing to do is call a Bed bug Portland expert. You can waste a lot of time, money, and effort on trying to get rid of bed bugs yourself. Even experts have difficulty dealing with bed bugs, so don’t expect to get rid of them alone, especially if you have a large, well-established colony. Like other kinds of infestations, bed bugs are easier to get rid of when they are few in number.
After a Bed bug Portland expert rids your home of these annoying pests, take steps to prevent their return. You can pick up a bed bug in the theater, restaurant, or shopping mall. It is especially risky staying in motels and other people’s homes.
Always examine your clothing when you get home and be alert when you get an itchy bite. Don’t always assume it was a mosquito because you could have a bed bug infestation beginning to grow. Visit Halt Pest Control for more information.