Bed Bugs: A Top Pest Control Issue Causing Harm to Home and Health

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Bed Bugs: A Top Pest Control Issue Causing Harm to Home and Health

One’s home has always had tiny yet formidable enemies, and they could be lurking anywhere in the nooks and crannies of your living room and your bedroom. Bed bugs are pesky critters found within the dark corners and folds of your bedding and furnishings. They have been called “public health pests that need to be addressed seriously” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

San Diego, CA is pretty fortunate in that in a recent ranking by a private company, the sunny city landed the 39th spot on the list of places where the biggest number of treatments for the pests were recorded. However, that doesn’t mean that bed bugs are negligible in this metropolitan area. Residents should still be wary of these minute adversaries.

Health and Home Damage Concerns

Unlike other public health issues, bed bugs do not spread diseases. However, their bites and their droppings can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. When a person develops rashes from the allergy, those lesions can become infected by other microorganisms. Aside from the potential infections, a bedbug infestation can turn out quite vexing to homeowners with the critters’ mere presence causing persistent stress and anxiety.

How to Spot Bed Bugs

Aside from observing where they commonly thrive, and checking for actual colonies, there are other ways to tell if you have a bed bug problem at home. Check dark, warm, and cluttered spaces in your home, as well as your bedding and upholstery. Look for rusty stains (their blood), miniscule dark spots (their droppings), and shed skin or eggs (the remnants of their growth or reproduction).

Trust only a qualified pest control expert to inspect your home to help determine the extent of the problem. Don’t start spraying pesticides right away as these may be ineffective while the toxic fumes remain in the air and on the objects or fabrics. Wait for the professional company’s advice.

Companies experienced in infestation control, such as Antac Pest Control, can be your go-to expert when you think bed bugs or any other pests are lurking in your home. They can diagnose the problem, and its extent, to recommend the most effective and cost-efficient solution for you.

Sources:

Bed Bugs: A Public Health Issue, EPA

Bed Bug Myths, EPA

Top Ten Tips to Prevent or Control Bed Bugs, EPA

How to Find Bed Bugs, EPA

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