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Think You Have Bed Bugs? What To Know

Have you been dealing with red itchy bite marks that look like a rash and you've come to the conclusion you have a bed bug problem? If so, the sooner you act, the better your chances will be of getting control of the problem and getting rid of the bugs. There are a lot of things you'll want to consider when dealing with bed bugs, since they are difficult to see and only come out at night.

Often, bed bugs are picked up during vacations or traveling, but they can also be passed from household to household. Here are a few things you want to do fast.

Professional Extermination

Bed bugs can hide in small crevices in your couch cushions, mattresses, closets, drawers and more. You'll want the experts to come in and treat the house entirely from top to bottom, since the bed bugs could have easily escaped the bedrooms. The experts have the chemicals that are most effective and can get inside the areas where regular over-the-counter supplies aren't effective.

Dry Cleaning

 All of your suitcases, backpacks, winter coats, and items that can't be washed in your home washing machine need to go to the drycleaners for professional cleaning. If you can wash and dry the items on the hottest setting, this may be able to kill the bed bugs, but the other items need to be attended to as well. Any luggage that was on a plane, in a taxi or on a train needs to be cleaned right away.

Professional Car Detailing

If you take your coat into the car, luggage has been transported, or your kids have had any pillows or blankets in the car, you want to have it detailed. The car could easily have bed bugs living in the seats and trunk. Let the experts know you want to have the car steamed for  bed bugs.

Bed bugs can go an entire year without feeding if they have to and still survive, so don't neglect treating areas of the house where no one sleeps. Although these bugs don't usually cause severe health problems, if you scratch the bites and the wound gets opened, the area can become infected. Treat the bed bugs as soon as you think you have a problem and notify anyone that has been at your house with blankets or pillows, or in other places you could have transferred the bugs to. 

For more information, contact a local pest control company like Environmental Services Pest Control