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Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. Unlike many other parasitic insects and arachnids, which feed on a wide variety of hosts, bed bugs feed mostly on humans, although they will feed on your dogs or cats if necessary. These pests specialize in invading areas that humans frequent. Reach out to us today for help with pest control in Elk Grove, CA.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not all that dangerous. They're more of a nuisance pest because they do not spread diseases and cannot bite or sting. However, bed bugs can disrupt your sleep and cause anxiety surrounding bedtime. It's hard to settle into bed when you know a bunch of sneaky bugs will be feeding on you all night. Bed bug control is important, even if these external parasites are not considered dangerous.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Unfortunately, ending up with a bed bug problem is as easy as going outside. Some of the most common places you will pick up bed bugs include:

  • Hotels and hostels
  • Public transportation
  • Thrift stores
  • Flea markets
  • Garage sales
  • Airports and airplanes

Picking up bed bugs can happen to anyone. If you travel, visit secondhand shops, use public transportation, or go just about anywhere where a large number of people come and go, bed bugs can end up going home with you, and an infestation will begin.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Because of their name, you'd think that bed bugs only infest beds. Indeed, this is the most common place you will find them; however, bed bugs can hide just about anywhere. They can squeeze under keyboard keys and behind light switch covers. They can sneak into the stuffing in your couch cushions and even slide between your carpet fibers or into electronics. For this reason, getting rid of bed bugs is tough. They're not just in your bed; they can be in your whole house.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bug removal is one of the toughest jobs because of their extraordinary ability to hide. Dumping a little baking soda on your mattress will not cut it. You need professional help if you have a bed bug infestation.

The good news is that the best home pest control in Elk Grove and beyond is right at your fingertips. Bed bugs are one of our many specialties at Bell Pest Control. We offer a wide variety of treatment options that can do everything from stopping a fledgling infestation in its tracks to clearing a whole house of these disgusting parasites.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Aside from contacting local pest control for bed bugs, the best thing you can do to keep these bugs out of your bed is to take precautions to avoid getting them. Be careful when you travel. Always check hotel mattresses and furniture before using these items, and inspect your luggage before bringing it inside your home after travel.

Also, take great care when you secondhand shop. If you can, avoid secondhand shopping at all. If you just can't give up your thrift store habit, thoroughly inspect your purchases before bringing them into your house. Wash and dry all secondhand clothing using the highest heat setting possible. It's a good idea to do this for clothes you've brought home from travel as well before putting them back in their places.

Remember, if you find bed bugs in your home, don't panic. Contact the experts here at Bell Pest Control for a bed bug consultation.

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