How To Completely Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your San Diego Home

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Bed bugs in San Diego are common pests, but many people have questions about them. Have you ever had bed bugs before? Do you know what bed bugs look like when they get inside homes? Many myths and misconceptions surround bed bugs, but it's essential to know the truth to prevent them.

This guide will give you all the information about bed bug infestations. The San Diego pest control experts at Habitat Protection put together facts on how to spot bed bugs and remove them effectively.

Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

Bed bugs bite people as they consume our blood. They are parasites that emerge at night to get a blood meal, and they will bite anywhere that your skin is exposed while you sleep. While being bitten doesn't hurt, it's still disgusting.

Bed bugs are also somewhat invasive pests, but despite all this, they are surprisingly tricky to spot at first. You might not see any bed bugs until the infestation has grown out of control. It's a good idea to learn some common signs of bed bugs to detect them early on:

  • Finding small, red bug bites inline or zig-zag patterns on your body
  • Smelling an odd musty odor
  • Seeing blood stains on your bedding from the bite marks
  • Discovering brown smear marks from bed bug excrement

Be careful to check around your property for these signs. While bed bugs like to live on mattresses, they also live on other furniture or even holes in the walls.

Why Bed Bugs Like To Bite Sleeping People

It might seem odd that bed bugs bite us while we sleep, but there is a reason for this. Quite simply, it's easier to bite us while we sleep. Bed bugs need three to ten minutes after piercing our skin to become engorged, so it would be difficult to bite us this long if we were awake. 

However, you might be wondering how bed bugs know when we are sleeping. Bed bugs are primarily nocturnal, and they can also sense us by our body heat and breath. They can even detect how much carbon dioxide we let off, which allows them to track us down and know when we've drifted off to sleep. 

All The Ways Bed Bugs Find Their Way Into Homes

While some pests in the area get inside from the outdoors, bed bugs work differently. These pests are stowaways that grab a ride on items like clothes, purses, luggage, and suitcases. They are only about the size of an apple seed, so you likely won't notice they've attached to your belongings. 

Bed bugs can be picked up almost anywhere, including businesses, hotels, laundromats, other homes, schools, office buildings, and public transportation. Bed bugs don't live on our bodies, but they will still crawl onto anything we carry with us. 

Secondly, bed bugs get inside on secondhand items. If you purchase bedding, furniture, clothing, or appliances, you should check these items for signs of bed bugs. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your House For Good

If you're already dealing with bed bugs, removing them on your own rarely works. Most at-home remedies only get rid of some of the bed bugs.

The only effective and reliable San Diego bed bug control comes from our experts at Habitat Protection. We use cutting-edge bed bug removal techniques to eradicate every bed bug adult, nymph, and egg. Contact our pest control team today to discover more or request a quote.

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