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A Guide To Effective Bed Bug Removal In Tampa

April 05, 2023 - Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs may be one of the most feared pests while traveling, but what about when they’re in your home? These pests can be tricky to manage on your own, so your best option is to contact a professional pest management team. EcoSmart Pest Solutions offers a wide range of Tampa pest control options, including thorough and effective bed bug treatments. Contact us today to get these bugs out of your bed. 

How Big Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are many things, but big is not one of them. These pests are only about a quarter of an inch long. They’re also dark brown and flat, which means they are very good at staying hidden. Technically, bed bugs are large enough to be seen with the naked eye, but they’re still easy to overlook. 

Bed bugs will find any place they can to hide, not just in beds. Mattress seams, bedding, furniture, and even cracks in the floor and walls can be lurking spots for bed bugs. These pests bite humans to drink our blood, so they mostly seek out places where they can easily find a host. This is why beds are common places for bed bugs to be found; they can feed during the night while still staying hidden. 

Bed bug bites can be easily confused with bites from other pests. They often appear as small, itchy red welts on the skin. Bed bug bites are often found in small lines or clusters. 

Bed Bug Infestations Only Get Worse With Time

Because bed bugs are so difficult to find, infestations can grow before you even know they’re in your home. And since they tend to stay hidden, do-it-yourself bed bug treatments are ineffective. These pests are durable; it takes a lot to kill them. Full bed bug control treatments are necessary to ensure that the whole infestation is gone. If even a couple of bed bugs are left behind, the infestation will just grow again. 

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Bed bugs are often brought into the home from public spaces. These pests are great hitchhikers; they’ll climb onto a bag or a jacket and hold on until they’re in a new location. Secondhand items, including furniture and clothing, can also carry bed bugs into your home. Preventing bed bug infestations usually means preventing bed bugs from coming into contact with your belongings.

  • Avoid placing luggage and other items on public or shared carpets.
  • Carefully inspect any secondhand furniture or clothing for signs of bed bugs before bringing it home.
  • Wash and dry all clothing on high heat after traveling.
  • Vacuum out your luggage after returning from a trip.

Bed bugs can hide in the carpets and furniture of public spaces, including hotels, shared coatrooms, and public transit. Additionally, shared closets and public transportation may put you in direct contact with other people’s belongings. Do your best to avoid this kind of contact as much as possible; keep your luggage on hard surfaces and limit contact between your belongings and others’ belongings. This is, of course, not always possible, which is why it’s important to know how to inspect for bed bugs.

Bed bugs are very difficult to see, but there can be other signs of their presence. They often leave behind reddish-brown fecal spots or even bloodstains. Bed bug eggs are incredibly small, but these whiteish eggshells can sometimes be found in infested items. 

A good round with a vacuum can help clear your luggage of any bed bugs that might have hitched a ride while you were traveling. High temperatures will kill bed bugs, which is why a hot laundry cycle can remove them from your clothing. 

The goal with all of these tips is to avoid bringing bed bugs into your home in the first place. Once they’re inside, the best way to get rid of bed bugs is with a professional pest control company. 

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In My House?

With bed bug treatment, it’s essential that the methods used are effective and efficient. You don’t want these pests sticking around in your house longer than necessary. That’s why EcoSmart Pest Solutions offers in-depth bed bug control. We’ll inspect your home thoroughly, looking for every possible hiding place. Then we use multiple treatment methods to ensure every bed bug is gone. Bed bug treatments often require us to get up close and personal with your home, which is why we always communicate our process with you and provide a prep sheet, so you know what to expect. When it comes to bed bug extermination in Tampa, call EcoSmart Pest Solutions. We’ve got you covered.