Date Posted: October 11, 2017
Category: Bed Bugs
In South Portland, we have a lot of seasonal invaders. We are used to them dying off or hibernating when the winter months blow in, but bed bugs are a different story. If it is hot or cold outside, inside your home, it is always the perfect weather for bed bugs.
Why You Must Always be on the Lookout
As a homeowner, renter, or business owner, you must always be on the lookout for bed bugs, even if you don’t see any other bugs around. Bed bugs have a unique biology that make them adaptable and resilient in most environments.
Bed bugs like to hitchhike in bags, boxes, purses, and furniture. Unfortunately, bed bugs won’t die off or hibernate when the weather gets colder.
As long as there is a food source, bed bugs will survive, and they don’t need to feed all the time. That is also concerning. Bed bugs can survive without a host for as little as 3 weeks or as long as over a year when living in a controlled area at low temperatures. Whether hot or cold, with food or without, bed bugs will continue to live.
Do You Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs don’t always give away their presence and their location. You can live with bed bugs in your home for weeks or months before you ever notice them. That is why you must always remain vigilant.
Here are a few signs that you have bed bugs in your home:
You see bugs the size of crumbs in your bed or furnishings
Black feces is evident on your sheets, pillows, and cushions
When you wake in the morning, small blood spots appear on your shirt, sheets, or pillows
You see caste or dead bed bugs in your bed
Empty bedrooms have a musty smell
You see bug bites on yourself or your family in the morning
How to Prevent Bed Bugs
Hygiene and cleanliness of your home have nothing to do with the bed bug infestation. Care and attention to bed bug activities will help you prevent them. Here are a few ways you can prevent bed bugs:
Vacuum your floors and furnishing
Unpack luggage and bags outside or in the laundry room, and then throw everything in the washer immediately
When traveling, inspect furnishings first before hanging your clothes or putting them into drawers
Don’t set luggage on the ground; instead, place it on a stool or shelf
Call bed bug experts
Call Big Blue Bug Solutions to prevent and control bed bugs. We will do a thorough inspection of your home and assist you with implementing a plan to get rid of them. Bed bug services are tailored to meet your unique bed bug infestation needs. Schedule your appointment today.