Statistics say that 20 percent of people in the south have either had or encountered a bed bug infestation. Assuming that a bed bug can withstand temperatures from freezing to 122 degrees fahrenheit and can go months without feeding bed bugs are an ongoing problem. This is not just an issue for people in the south but bed bugs are found in all 50 states. Not just that but they have been proven and continue to be the most difficult pest to treat.
Bed bugs can be found anywhere, such as houses, apartments, group living situations, hospitals, hotels, and public transportation vehicles. These places have areas where people sleep or spend significant amounts of time. Their usual hiding places are in seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and along and/or directly behind headboards. Once a bed bug population multiplies, they can be found: behind baseboards; in cracks and crevices in furniture, floors, or even walls; under cluttered areas; and in electronic appliances.
A bed bug infestation can be indicated by many signs. The first and most apparent being if you wake up with itchy areas or notice welts you didn’t have when you went to sleep. Other signs may include, blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases, dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrements on sheets and mattresses, bedbug fecal spots, or an offensive musty odor from the bugs scent glands.
Bed bugs have not been proven to transmit diseases but are annoying pests that draw blood and leave itchy red marks on the skin. If there are signs of a bed bug infestation consult a pest control consultant as soon as possible as it is proven that this issue cannot be ridden of easily. If you have reason to believe of an infestation in your home call Western Exterminating at 817-834-3121 to set up an appointment for an estimate and evaluation.