Why Do I Have Bed Bugs In My San Diego House?

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How well would you sleep at night if you knew bugs were crawling into your bed and biting you after you dozed off? Probably not very well. Even if the bites were not painful, just the thought is enough to cause unease. If you are the type of person who doesn’t like your blood to be stolen late at night, you won't like bed bugs. To help you identify and control bed bugs in San Diego, we have broken down some things you should know about these pests today.

What Are Bed Bugs

It is common for people to have questions about bed bugs. Three common questions we regularly receive are: What do bed bugs look like? What do bed bugs eat? and Where do bed bugs hide? To start, bed bugs are 3mm long insects with reddish-brown, oval-shaped bodies. Nymphs are even smaller. To stay well-nourished, bed bugs feed on blood, preferably human blood. To get a meal, bed bugs crawl into beds at night when people are asleep and puncture the skin with their piercing mouthparts. Finally, bed bugs typically hide out of sight when residents are awake. Some common places you might find bed bugs include: in the cracks between floorboards, behind outlet covers, inside electronics, within furniture, and in other secluded areas indoors. If you cannot spot these pests indoors, identify them with the signs they leave behind. What are the signs of bed bugs? We recommend keeping your eyes out for bloodstains, shed skins, eggs, dead bed bugs, and specs of blackish-red fecal droppings. Look for these signs around sleeping areas and around places where bed bugs like to hide.

Is It Dangerous To Have Bed Bugs In My Home? 

Most blood-feeding pests that live in our area are dangerous. The question is: Are bed bugs dangerous too? Interestingly enough, bed bugs are not known to spread any blood-borne diseases. They are, however, responsible for cases of anemia and insomnia. If you didn’t know, anemia is a condition caused by a lack of red blood cells and insomnia is a psychological sleeping condition. Both of these problems usually only occur in moderate to severe bed bug infestations. If you are noticing signs of bed bugs inside your San Diego home, hire the professionals at Habitat Protection before your problem gets out of hand.

How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Houses? 

Bed bugs invade homes by riding on items people carry like backpacks, used furniture, and dirty clothing. How do bed bugs know which items to hop on? By sensing carbon dioxide and feeling for heat. These two residuals indicate to bed bugs which items were recently touched or used by humans, their main food sources. Once aboard an item, bed bugs will stay hidden until they arrive at a new potential home. Sometimes these pests hop off too early and end up in the middle of a train station or movie theater. When this happens, they look for new items nearby to infest. You are most likely to encounter bed bugs while traveling and staying at hotels. 

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs? 

The absolute best way to address a bed bug problem is with professional bed bug control. If you are looking for bed bug control near you, consider hiring the professionals at Habitat Protection. Our team goes above and beyond the call of duty to aid locals in identifying and eliminating these sleep-wrecking pests.

Call now to learn more about pest control in San Diego and find a solution to your home’s bed bug problems.

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