Even though bed bugs are not known to carry disease, they are still some of the most undesirable pests to have in your home. Unfortunately, bed bugs can also be one of the most difficult infestations to get rid of. Knowing the warning signs of bed bugs can help you address the problem before it gets out of hand. Here are some bed bug tips that every homeowner should be aware of.

1. Know the Signs of Bed Bugs
Red, itchy welts on your skin may be a sign of bed bugs, but fleas, mosquitoes, and other pests can also leave similar marks. The timing and location of the bites are the best ways to determine if bed bugs are to blame. Bed bugs will leave marks across any exposed areas of your skin, and new bites are most likely to appear in the morning after the insects have been active overnight.
After you discover bites that you suspect have been caused by bed bugs, the first thing you should do is inspect your bedding. Even if you don’t see any bugs, you may see dark excrement stains on your mattress, sheets, pillows, or the wall by your bed. Skin husks, blood stains, and eggshells on your bedding are other telltale signs of a bed bug problem.

2. Eliminate Bed Bug Hiding Spots
It is a common myth that a dirty home is more likely to attract bed bugs, but this is not the case. Bed bugs find their way into any home when they are brought by visitors or picked up in another location. However, decluttering your home is a worthwhile task when you are dealing with bed bugs. Cleaning will give you the opportunity to disinfect small items and eliminate hiding spots.
You should take a few extra steps when you clean your home after you’ve discovered bed bugs. Small items that may be hiding bugs should be placed in sealed bags so that the pests cannot crawl back out during the cleaning. You should also seal the vacuum bag when you dispose of it after vacuuming, as bed bugs can survive in the bag and find their way back to your home.

3. Learn to Fight Smaller Infestations
If you are dealing with a small or very new bed bug infestation, you may be able to handle the problem on your own with a comprehensive approach. Naturally, the first step is to wash and dry your bedding on the highest heat. All carpets in your home should be steam cleaned, and you should to line the edges of each room with diatomaceous earth to kill any bugs that have burrowed into the carpet.
Items that cannot be washed and dried will need to be treated with non-toxic bed bug spray. After you spray these items, seal them in a plastic bag and leave them outside. Direct exposure to sunlight for up to a month is often required to remove the last traces of bed bugs.

4. Know When to Hire an Exterminator
Even the most thorough DIY routine cannot eliminate bed bugs in anything but the very beginning stages of an infestation. Professional exterminators have the benefit of experience, training, and specialized equipment and pesticides that can outpace the high reproduction rate of these pests and eliminate them from every corner of your home.

A bed bug infestation is a problem that no homeowner wants to deal with, but it doesn’t have to because for alarm. Contact us at Diam Pest Control for professional bed bug treatment that will have your home comfortable and pest-free again as quickly as possible!