A Helpful Bed Bug Prevention Guide For San Diego Homeowners

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Long before you have to contact San Diego pest control for a bed bug treatment, there are ways you can prevent an infestation. The secret to bed bug control is knowledge. These insects don't pass through the perimeter next to your home. They are indoor pests that hitch rides from one location to another. Therefore, there is no product or pest maintenance you can apply to the perimeter of your house to stop bed bugs from getting into your home. Today, we're going to get into the fine details of how to detect bed bugs and their warning signs, and how you can use this information to keep them out of your San Diego home.

How To Identify A Bed Bug 

If you're away from home and you see a bed bug, it is important that you recognize it as a bed bug. Doing so will help you prevent bed bugs from coming home with you. But, you might think, "I know how to identify bed bugs. I've seen lots of pictures of them on the news and on the internet." Okay. What color are bed bugs? If you say rusty brown, you're right. But you're only partially right. They can have other colorations. Here are a few facts to consider.

  • Newly hatched nymphs: In this stage, bed bugs are less than 1/16 of an inch long. They appear milky white, and have six legs.
  • Developing nymphs: Bed bugs slowly turn tan and eventually rusty brown. If you see a tan insect, it could be a bed bug.
  • Bed bugs that have fed on blood: If a newly hatched nymph has had a blood meal, it will look like a white and red bug. Developing nymphs look noticeably more red than normal. Adults look slightly more red than normal.
  • Bed bugs that haven't had a recent blood meal: You may see black feces inside the body of a bed bug. Under certain lighting conditions, this can make bed bugs look like black insects.

Keep these facts in mind as you keep a wary eye out for bed bug activity. Bed bugs aren't always rusty brown.

The Symptoms Of A Bed Bug Infestation 

When bed bugs infest a location, they often leave warning signs. If you know what these signs are, you can detect bed bugs, even if you don't see the insects themselves. Look for:

  • Black fecal spotting
  • Black specks
  • Black streaks
  • Shed skins
  • Tiny white eggs
  • The scent of bed bug pheromones.

Look for these signs in the places where bed bugs hide. Check compressed spaces, seams, cracks, crevices, and dark voids. Be sure to look under the labels on mattresses or box springs.

Now that you know what bed bugs look like and how to check for bed bugs, the next step is to consider how to apply this information along with a few other important preventative measures.

Easy Ways To Prevent Bringing Bed Bugs Into Your Home

When you're away from home, no matter where you are, it is important to consider any of the following steps that apply. You can come in contact with bed bugs in many places. They're not just found in hotels and motels. They're also not isolated to dirty locations.

  • Perform an inspection and use the information provided above.
  • During your inspection, store your luggage, bags, and other items on a tiled floor or in the bathtub of your rental accommodations.
  • During your time away, keep all laundry items inside a sealed plastic bag.
  • Consider putting luggage and other bags inside a sealed plastic bag or protect them with a lavender spray.
  • When you return home, put all your clothing through a hot wash and a dryer cycle.
  • When out and about, be careful to not store your items next to the items of other people, particularly in dark spaces.

If you take these steps, your chances of an infestation will be much lower. Now, let's discuss what you should do if you find bed bugs in your home. 

Contact The Professionals At The First Sign Of Bed Bugs In Your House 

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to control. It is best to get professional bed bug pest control in San Diego to deal with these pests. Contact Habitat Protection for assistance. We have many options for controlling infestations, no matter how small or how large. We are the right choice for local pest control for bed bugs.

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