How Did These Bed Bugs Get Into My Tampa Home?
March 20, 2023 - Bed Bugs
Tampa residents are no strangers to invasive pests. The climate and weather is very attractive to a whole host of insects, and bed bugs are no exception. While bed bug infestations are increasing all over the United States, bed bugs are especially fond of warmer climates, and Tampa residents are increasingly having to share their homes and beds with unwanted bed bugs.
Bed bugs bring special problems with them. While some pests will try to nest in your home but largely leave you alone, and try to eat your food without biting you, bed bugs move into your home specifically looking for you, and they feed directly on you.
Bed bugs need blood to reproduce, and they reproduce often. They take a surprising amount of time to complete a feeding, taking up to 20 minutes each time. They also do not like to be disturbed while feeding, which is one of the reasons they like to come out at night and feed on you while you sleep. You go to sleep normally and then wake up with bed bug bites on exposed skin when you get up.
Bed bugs can cause you a lot of grief when they move in. If you need pest control in Tampa, EcoSmart Pest Solutions stands ready to help you. We know how to get rid of bed bugs.
How To Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are easy enough to identify. They are roughly the size of apple seeds once they reach full maturity. They tend to nest between your mattress and box springs, but well-established infestations can see bed bugs moving into almost every room of your house. Bed bugs, viewed from above, have slightly shield-shaped bodies. They are dark brown to black in appearance. They do not fly and are not particularly fast runners. They are mainly nocturnal and tend to hide out of sight during the daytime.
Here are some potential indicators that bed bugs have decided to share your home with you:
- If you wake up with bites on exposed skin that you didn’t have when you went to bed.
- If you find blood spots on your sheets in the morning.
- If you find dark brown to black stains between your mattress and box springs.
- If you find molted bug shells and/or eggs between your mattress and box springs.
These are some signs that you may have bed bugs. You might even see a live bed bug, which would be absolute proof. If you see bed bugs, don’t delay. Call EcoSmart immediately, so that we can help you with bed bug control in Tampa before the infestation grows.
How Bed Bugs Sneak Into Tampa Homes
Unfortunately, bed bugs have many avenues to get into your home. They are exceptional travelers and are constantly on the hunt. Bed bugs can enter your home by riding in on store purchases, especially when they are second-hand purchases. They can ride in on pets. They can ride in on luggage. Finally, they can even ride in on you. Once they get in, they immediately start breeding, and infestations can grow rapidly.
Don’t let bed bugs infest your home and turn into a huge problem. EcoSmart Pest Solutions technicians know how to kill bed bugs, and we want to bring our knowledge and experience to bear with any bed bug problem that you may have.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips Worth Trying
Given that bed bug infestations are so serious, here are some tips you can do to try to decrease your chances of getting bed bugs in your home:
- Check all store purchases carefully when bringing them into your home.
- Check hotels or motels carefully when staying the night. Look under mattresses.
- Check your luggage very carefully for bed bugs when you come home from vacations.
- Vacuum and clean often. This can help either prevent or minimize bed bug infestations.
These tips can help you prevent bed bugs from moving into your home, but if they still do, EcoSmart Pest Solutions stands ready to help you. Call us today. We know how to get rid of bed bugs permanently.
Why Bed Bugs Require Professional Pest Control Options
Bed bugs are a bad problem to have. Infestations grow rapidly, and given time, bed bugs will move all over your home. Unfortunately, they do not respond to DIY pest control techniques, and infestations can not only survive, but thrive as well.
Don’t try to go it alone when it comes to bed bug infestations. Instead, call EcoSmart Pest Solutions. We have the knowledge and experience you need, and we know how to treat bed bugs.