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All The Ways Bed Bugs Get into Houston Homes

February 05, 2022 - Bed Bugs

You spend your life hearing about things that happen to other people. Turn on the news, and you'll see some crazy stuff happening. "It probably won't happen to me." You can look at social media and see viral videos that are popular because of how rare whatever's happening is, and you think, "That definitely won't happen to me." We use this attitude to get by in life without worrying too much. It's probably not a bad thing in most cases. But when we're talking about bed bugs in Houston, an "It won't happen to me" attitude can backfire in a hurry. Find out about pest control in Houston for bed bugs in this guide. 

Beg Bug Problems

If you think that bed bugs care if your house is small, big, dirty, clean, cluttered, or organized, you're sadly mistaken. Bed bugs don't care what your home looks like - they don't even care if it has beds. (Yes, bed bugs are actually just as likely to infest office buildings as they thrive in all sorts of furniture). All they care about is their next meal. So, no matter what your house looks like and how well you clean it, you need to be on the lookout for signs of infestation.

Spotting bed bugs is difficult because they are very small, usually around 5mm long at the most. They do, however, leave a trail (sometimes literally) of activity behind after their nightly feedings. Bed bugs will leave:

  • Rust-colored excrement on your sheets/mattress,
  • Bloodstains from their feeding tubes,
  • Straight-lined or zig-zagged bite marks on your skin,
  • And a strong, musty odor in cases of severe infection. 

While these pests aren't necessarily dangerous, most infestations will lead to insomnia that will continue even once the infestation is eradicated.

How Bed Bugs Get Into Your Houston Home

In order to protect your sleep, avoiding an infestation is crucial, especially since bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of. Bed bugs will enter your home by hitchhiking a ride on anything they can. This includes you, your clothes, your pets, and even your bags. That's right. Bed bugs love to jump onto bags and luggage and ride their way straight into your house. That's why you have to be especially careful when traveling. If your luggage is next to someone else's or left on the ground, you could pick up bed bugs from anywhere they've been. You might avoid staying in hotels with bed bugs, but who knows about the people you're traveling with?

Another way you're exposing yourself to a potential bed bug infestation is when buying used furniture or appliances. If bed bugs have gained any foothold at all on that furniture, then you're bringing it right into your house. Be sure to carefully check anything you're bringing into the house for signs of bed bugs before walking it through the door.

Do DIY Methods For Bed Bug Control Work?

It's important to check very carefully during these high-risk activities because, once you incur an infestation, getting rid of bed bugs is almost impossible on your own. Home remedies like vacuuming and sprays can be an effective method for the bed bugs on the surface. You might even have a weeklong reprieve from nightly attacks. However, once the eggs hatch that bed bugs have laid under the surface of your mattress or couch, the infestation will come right back. That's why these home remedies lead to wasted time and money, along with putting you at risk for severe insomnia.

Safely Eliminate Bed Bugs With Caraway Pest Control

If you do end up with bed bugs in your home, call the pest control professionals at Caraway Pest Control. We will inspect your home for bed bug activity and come up with a customized plan to eliminate your problem discreetly and completely. Reach out to us today to learn more about our bed bug control options!  

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