You may never have seen a bedbug because this insect knows how to remain hidden inside mattresses, beneath carpets and in the crevices of baseboards. In the past, this insect was primarily found in the bedrooms of private residences, but today, that has changed because the vermin has developed a resistance to chemical pesticides that are found in local stores.
If you contact an exterminator about getting rid of a bedbug infestation, then they should not use their industrial-strength pesticides because those chemicals won’t work either.
In fact, chemical applications make a bedbug problem worse, and in addition, you and your family pets are exposed to these pesticides. Exposure to pesticides can lead to health problems such as respiratory distress, skin irritation and watery eyes.
The reality is that no one knows the long-term ramifications for humans who are exposed to pesticides, so it is vital to find a way to eliminate bedbugs that is not dangerous for people.
When bed bugs are suspected, sleeping and resting places should be thoroughly inspected. Check all possible hiding places, mindful that bed bugs, especially the young nymphs and eggs, can fit into very tiny cracks and crevices.
Don’t overlook places where pets rest, and where bats or birds have entered structures. In these instances, bat or bird bugs, not bed bugs, may be present. If bats or birds are a source of infestation, they should be excluded from the premises. Note that bats and most bird species are protected by law and should not be killed
How Do Bedbug Infestations in Homes Occur?
You probably think that because you have a sparkling clean home that is free of clutter that there is no chance of a bedbug infestation. Unfortunately, you are wrong because hundreds of people find bedbugs in their homes despite having excellent home-cleaning habits. This is because bedbugs can enter your home by hitching a ride on your child’s backpack without your knowledge.
When you go on a vacation, your luggage and clothing can become infested with bedbugs from other suitcases and dirty clothes. It is even possible that the seats you sit on in an airplane are infested with this insect.
You might try to look for the bedbugs to avoid contamination, but this won’t work because the infants are too tiny to notice and are almost translucent.
Adult bedbugs are larger, and after ingesting a meal, the insects are darker and easier to see. However, bedbugs avoid sunlight and wait until it is dark to crawl onto your body to begin sucking your blood.
By the next day, you will notice bedbug bites on your body that will begin to itch. As your scratch the bites, your skin becomes more inflamed. You may think that the bite is from a mosquito or that you have severely dry skin, but it is actually a bedbug bite.
The bedbugs in your home might travel from a neighbor’s apartment that is next to, above or below yours.
Alternatively, you might go shopping for clothing at a store that has carpeting in its dressing room and bedbugs infest the shirt that you toss on the floor while trying on garments.
If you travel on a business trip or vacation, then you might stay in a hotel with bedbugs in its mattresses, and these insects remain in the seams of your pajamas, leading to an infestation in your home.