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How to Avoid Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a nasty little reality that we need to be cognizant about. Our northern neighbor, Los Angeles, recently ranked 10th in a nationwide list of cities with the most bed bugs, proving that bed bugs are a real problem for Southern California. With the help from pest control expert Sue Fries from Ecola Termite & Pest Control, here are some tips on how to avoid bed bugs.

Bed Bug lifecycle

What are Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of mammals. They live in mattresses, linens, the seams of flooring, and other furniture in areas where you may sleep at home or in a hotel. Bed bugs usually feed at night when people are sleeping, so you may not realize you’ve been bitten or have a bed bug problem. Evidence of a bed bug bite would be itchy, red bumps or welts.

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Bed bugs will most likely be found in the seams of mattresses, furniture or carpet. You may also notice small blood spots, which indicates that the bugs have recently fed.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are often picked up when traveling. They crawl into your bag, suitcase or the hem of your pants, and get transported back to your home, where they will cause a new infestation. To avoid bed bugs, inspect the seams of any mattresses or furniture before using it. Avoid putting bags or luggage directly on the floor. It is difficult for bed bugs to climb up furniture.

Bed Bug Treatments

Take care to completely treat your home for bed bugs; don’t just remove or clean the location of the infestation. Bed bugs can migrate throughout your space, and will re-infest any replacement furniture if the problem is not 100 percent taken care of.

The good news is, bed bugs do not transmit disease. However they are a nuisance and any infestations should be controlled as soon as possible by a licensed pest control operator.

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