There are so many things to keep on top of in life. We don't know what your daily calendar looks like, but we're betting you don't have a whole lot of time for learning about pest control. Fortunately, when it comes to bed bugs, you don't have to spend a lot of time.

We've put together a quick guide to help you stay ahead of bed bug infestations in Garden City. Here, you'll find out how bed bugs get around, learn the warning signs of an infestation, learn how to prevent bed bugs from getting into your home, and find out how to clean bed bugs up in infested areas. Bed bug pest control in Garden City isn't difficult to learn. Let's get started.

The Lifecycle Of A Bed Bug

Bed bugs are tiny insects that live indoors. You won't find these pests in your yard. They travel from one location to another in a passive way. It all starts with a bed bug egg. The bed bug hatches from the egg as a nymph. The nymph searches for a blood meal then grows into an adult and mates with another bed bug. The females lay eggs and the cycle starts all over again.

Bed bugs don't decide where to live. They simply do what they do no matter where they find themselves. If you want to prevent bed bugs from living with you, you need to know how to identify bed bugs in all their stages of development, and in different circumstances.

  • Newly hatched nymphs are about 1mm long. They may appear white with red abdomens or white with black abdomens. The red coloration occurs if they have had a blood meal. The black coloration is feces inside the insect. In this stage, a bed bug is an insect, not a maggot, grub, caterpillar, or some other larval form. That means it has six legs and three body parts, like an adult. It will also be shaped like an apple seed—just like an adult.
  • Maturing nymphs are between 1 and 4.5 mm in length. They will appear tan, black or red. Tan is the true color of the insect. You know what the black and red are. Keep in mind that in certain lighting, you may not see any tan coloration. They'll just look like black or red insects.
  • Adult bed bugs are a rusty brown color. They can appear more red or black.

It is important to know how to identify bed bugs from other insects because finding bed bugs while you're away from home can prevent you from bringing them home with you. You'll also need to know how to check for bed bugs and how to clean bed bugs up in infested areas.

The Symptoms Of A Bed Bug Infestation

You can look for bed bug warning signs when you are away from home or when you are at home. The secret is knowing where bed bugs hide.

  • Look for bed bugs in compressed spaces, such as between mattresses and box springs or underneath the cushions of a couch.
  • When you search, use a probing tool such as a butter knife or debit card. Drag along seams to bring bed bugs, bed bug skins, eggs, or feces to the surface.
  • One location where bed bugs hide quite often is in electronics. You can't inspect the voids of these items easily, but you can look for black streaks on the surface of items. Also check for black streaks on pillowcases, sheets, bedding, baseboards, outlet covers, carpet edges, bed frames, and the seams of furniture.

When you perform an inspection, you may use your nose as well. Bed bugs communicate with pheromones. These can smell like a dirty towel left on a bathroom floor.

Effective Bed Bug Prevention Tips For Homes

Now that you know how to check for bed bugs, let's discuss how to keep bed bugs from coming home with you and how to get rid of bed bugs if you find them in your home.

  • Always start with an inspection when you stay the night somewhere.
  • Put dirty clothes in a sealed plastic bag. Bed bugs are strongly attracted to these items and may hide inside or lay eggs in hidden places.
  • When you get home from a trip, wash all your clothing in hot water and run them through a dryer cycle. This kills bed bugs in all stages of development.
  • Put duffel bags, book bags, pocketbooks, and any other dryer-safe items that may be infested through a 30-minute dryer cycle.
  • If you suspect an item has bed bugs and it is not dryer-safe, you might be able to put it in a plastic bag and store it in your freezer for four days. That will also get the job done.
  • If you discover bed bugs in your home while performing an inspection, the fastest way to deal with them is to suck them up with a vacuum.

Now you know how to get rid of bed bugs and how to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home. But what do you do if they've already taken over?

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

If you can't find the bed bugs in your home, contact Affinity Pest Control. Our licensed professionals use advanced methods and products to locate and remove these insects. We have the bed bug control solution you're looking for.