Who doesn't like sharing their bed with bed bugs? Everyone of course. It would be safe to assume that there isn't a sane person alive that would choose to live with a bed bug infestation. Unfortunately, many people do and do not know it. Bed bugs are becoming more and more of an issue here in Portland, and many people don't know what to do about them. If you are uninformed about bed bugs and looking for a quick guide to get the information you need, you are in luck. We have five facts you probably didn't know about bed bugs, and we'd like to share them with you.
Fact #1: Bed Bugs Aren't Invisible
Just because bed bugs are hard to spot does not mean they are too small to see. The truth is that bed bugs are the size of an apple seed, easily visible to the naked eye — they are just good at hiding. The only time bed bugs come out of hiding is after you have gone to sleep. Unlike many other pests, bed bugs are not nocturnal. Their sleeping schedule changes with yours. If you work nights and sleep during the day, bed bugs will hide at night and only come out in the daytime to catch a meal. When you are awake, bed bugs do everything they can to stay out of sight. Sometimes they will even hide in electronics, behind outlets, and in deep cracks throughout the rooms in your home.
Fact #2: Bed Bugs Can Be Found All Over The House
Just because bed bugs are called bed bugs does not mean they exclusively stay in bedrooms. When inside homes, bed bugs can be found in any room. They will always try to get back to a sleeping area to feed but will, in fact, travel around.
Fact #3: Clean Homes Get Bed Bugs Too
For years bed bugs have been associated with dirty homes. The truth is, the cleanliness of your home has nothing to do with the likelihood of bed bugs residing there. Bed bugs only really need one thing, and that is a blood meal every once in a while. As long as your home has people who sleep, bed bugs will have everything they need to survive and thrive.
Fact #4: Bed Bugs Are Bad At Moving But Great At Traveling
Bed bugs are not the most mobile of pests. They cannot jump, they have no wings, and their crawl speed isn't anything super notable. These handicaps, however, do not affect a bed bug's ability to get around. Instead of moving themselves to get from place to place, bed bugs will use items we carry to get around. Anything from a backpack to a piece of furniture can be a taxi for bed bugs looking for a new home. When out and about, be careful not to leave any item stationary for more than 20 minutes as this is all the time a bed bug needs to crawl over and hitch a ride.
Fact #5: Bed Bugs Are Impossible To Deal With Alone
The worst part about bed bugs is how difficult they can be to get out of homes. Because of their ability to hide and many resistances to chemical pest control, bed bugs are nearly impossible to get rid of without professional help. Fortunately, the experts here at Kanga Pest Control have the treatments you need to kick bed bugs to the curb.
If you suspect your home has a bed bug infestation, let the professionals here at Kanga know. We will be happy to perform a quality inspection and deal with any troublesome bed bugs ruining your good night's sleep.
Give us a call today to schedule a services visit or with any questions. Your pest-free home awaits.