Why You Have Bed Bugs In Your Atlanta Home And What To Do About It
Atlanta, Georgia, has a steadily growing population of more than half a million permanent residents living in the city proper and over six million in the surrounding metro area. The yearly number of tourists that visit this city is more than 50 million. The revenue created by the number of visitors is beneficial to the residents and business owners, but pest control in Atlanta is made more difficult by the number of tourists who visit.
To live in a city with a large population and a significant number of tourists, it may become necessary to learn bed bug control techniques for your Atlanta home. While bed bugs are not dangerous and do not spread diseases, they are not something you want living in your home.
Solstys Environmental has provided effective bed bug control in Atlanta since 2013 so that you can rest easy. In this blog, we will help you to learn more about these insects, where they prefer to live, and how they travel. If you learn to recognize the signs of their presence, you will be able to stop an infestation before it has the chance to grow.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They bite dogs, cats, humans, and even poultry. These insects got their name because they are often found behind headboards or in mattresses. Those locations make feeding on humans easy because bed bugs are primarily nocturnal feeders and their bites are not painful. In fact, people usually do not know they are a living food source. In addition, these pests don't need to feed every day, so you may not consistently notice bites.
Bed bugs are resilient and can withstand temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit, so eradicating them can be difficult. This is part of the reason why professional treatment is essential when bed bugs become a problem.
The Longer A Bed Bug Infestations Lasts, The Worse It Gets
Bed bugs have the habit of eating a meal, then hiding in a safe place to digest their meal, mate, and lay eggs. Females can lay as many as five eggs daily, with each female potentially laying more than 500 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs hatch quickly, usually within ten days.
Because they become adults so quickly, a bed bug infestation can occur in your home in just a few weeks. The best thing that you can do is learn the common bed bug signs for effective bed bug control in Atlanta, including when to call for professional removal services.
How Bed Bugs Found A Ride Into Your Home
A common misconception is that you get bed bugs when you travel or stay in rented rooms. Traveling and spending the night in other places is one of the top ways to bring bed bugs home, but that is not the only way they can come to live with you.
How do bed bugs get in your house if you don't travel? These bugs can hitchhike onto you, your clothes, or your personal belongings in some of the following ways:
- On buses, taxis, and car ride shares
- When you set your pocketbook or jacket on the floor of a public place
- At daycare centers and schools, or hospitals and clinics
- At the public library, in restaurants, and in theaters
- In used pieces of furniture, you might purchase
Learning where and how to find bed bugs will help you stop infestations from growing. These insects are often found behind headboards, in cracks in and around walls, in carpeting or upholstered furniture, in mattresses or box springs, and in your luggage or bags.
You will need an experienced professional pest control service to eliminate the bed bugs. There are no fully effective DIY methods, and the longer you wait to call the pros, the larger the bed bug problem in your home will grow.
Call Us At The First Sign Of Bed Bugs In Your Home
When you see the first set of bites, an actual bed bug, or the reddish-brown fecal smears they leave on walls, sheets, or pillows in your Atlanta home, take immediate action. Call Solstys Environmental today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Atlanta, and let us remove the bugs and prevent them from feeding on your family.