Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are pests no one wants to even think about in their home! Biting pests whose favorite food source is people’s blood, bed bugs are a common household invader.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, feeding on our blood as we sleep, attracted to our body heat, and the carbon dioxide we create as we breathe. They received their name “bed bug” because they often hide near beds, upholstered furniture, and other areas where people spend a lot of time.

bed bug on skin

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Though being bitten by any insect is never ideal, bed bugs aren’t considered a dangerous pest. In most cases, blood-feeding insects spread a variety of serious diseases to people, but this currently isn’t a threat when it comes to bed bugs. 

Reactions to bed bug bites vary. Although most people do not react to bed bug bites, some will develop a small raised bite mark, and others could experience a serious allergic reaction. Itching at bed bug bites can leave a person open to a secondary infection. 

Another issue with bed bugs living in your home is that they develop very large, hard-to-manage populations quickly. As they feed and breed, bed bugs leave behind piles of shed skins and they stain mattresses, linens, pillows, curtains, and furniture with drops of blood and their excrement. Large infestation may also create a lingering musty sweet odor within your home.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Traveling is one of the most common ways a person can come into contact with bed bugs and introduce them into your home. Hotels, motels, airports, buses, cruise ships, resorts, and amusement parks are common hotbeds for bed bugs. As people move in and out of them each day, so do hitchhiking bed bugs.

Examples of other places people run into bed bugs on a more daily basis include:

  • Schools and dormitories

  • Office buildings

  • Shopping centers

  • Libraries and movie theaters 

  • Laundry mats

Where will I find bed bugs?

Adult bed bugs are wingless insects and are best described as an apple seed with legs. They have reddish-brown bodies and measure about 1/4 inch in length. So while they certainly are small, they are also large enough to be seen by the human eye. 
Knowing where bed bugs like to gather and hide after hitchhiking into a home is important so you can regularly inspect those areas and get immediate help for an infestation that has developed. Favorite hiding spots include:

  • Around the seams and pipes of mattresses and box springs

  • Cracks that develop in wooded furniture like headboards and bed frames

  • The joints of drawers

  • In the seams or underneath or behind cushions of upholstered furniture

  • In curtains or folded bedding

  • Under piles of clutter or dirty clothing 

  • Inside electrical outlets or inside of electronics

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Get rid of bed bugs and other common structural invading pests from your Milwaukee area home or business with the help of Ewert Pest Control. We are leaders in the pest control industry, supplying our customers with effective pest control services, exceptional customer service, and the satisfaction to know your pest problems are solved!

Through our various pet and family-friendly bed bug control options, including the options of K9 inspections, heat treatments, biopesticide treatments, and monthly or bi-monthly preventative bed bug control, we will make sure your home becomes and stays free of bed bugs! For more information about our comprehensive bed bug control solutions in Milwaukee, WI, reach out and speak with one of our friendly professionals today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Keep your Wisconsin property protected from bed bugs with the help of Ewert Pest Control and the following prevention tips.

  • When out in public places, be aware and vigilant of your surroundings and know that bed bugs could be present. 

  • Keep personal belongings away from other people's belongings and up off the ground when at work, school, or in any other public place. 

  • Always inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bugs before bringing luggage inside.

  • Place bed bug-proof covers on all mattresses and box springs in your home.

  • Do not buy or at least be very vigilant when purchasing used mattresses, box springs, or furniture for your home.

  • Regularly vacuum your home and upholstered furniture.

  • Regularly wash your bedding and pet bedding.

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