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Protecting Your Inland Empire Home From Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are hitchhikers that can find their way into your home in people’s bags, luggage, clothes, or secondhand furniture. Once inside, these pests find their way to bedrooms to feed on blood while people sleep. Whether you suspect bed bugs in the house or looking for ways to prevent them, this article is for you.

We’ll explain what bed bugs look like to help you determine if they are the pests in your home and review the problems they can cause when they invade. We’ll also provide proven prevention methods you can use to avoid a bed bug problem. Continue reading to learn more about effective bed bug control in Inland Empire with The PEST Group.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Before bed bugs feed, they are brown, flat, and around 1/4 of an inch long, and after feeding, they become redder, swollen, and elongated. If you inspect the seams of your mattress or the box spring carefully, you may be able to see them. But these insects hide in tight cracks and crevices in walls and floors when they aren’t feeding, so it can help to know some other bed bug signs to look for, including:

  • Empty pale white eggshells

  • Shed skins from immature bed bugs molting

  • Reddish-brown fecal spots on the mattress, upholstery, or walls

  • A musty odor in the house

Whether you see signs of bed bugs or the insects themselves, it is time to take action before they spread further in the house. Contact us today at The PEST Group for assistance identifying and eliminating bed bugs.

Why Bed Bugs Are A Major Concern

Bed bug bitesare often the first clue that these pests are in the house. These bites can be incredibly itchy, and excessive scratching can lead to secondary infection. Some people also have a stronger allergic reaction with hives and swelling, while others will have no skin response at all.

Often more troublesome than the bites, these insects can cause significant sleep anxiety, insomnia, and nightmares. Infestations can also cause a lot of stress, and the longer they are in your home, the worse the problem will get. Contact us today at The PEST Group to learn more about our bed bug control services or to schedule an inspection.

Prevention Methods That Work

Avoiding another bed bug infestation is possible, but it takes careful vigilance. The following list provides effective prevention methods you can start using right away:

  • Thoroughly inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before unpacking.

  • Store luggage on tile floors instead of carpets or furniture when you travel.

  • When you return from a trip, wash and dry your clothing on high heat.

  • Vacuum suitcases when you get home from a trip.

  • Carefully inspect antique or secondhand furniture before bringing it into your home.

If, despite your best efforts, bed bugs become a problem, the pest management professionals at The PEST Group are here to help. We offer various bed bug treatments to eliminate an infestation, big or small. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an inspection.

For Complete Bed Bug Control, Call The PEST Group Today!

Bed bug control is never a DIY job; these attempts often prevent the bugs from spreading further into the house. If you suspect you have an infestation, the sooner you can call in the pros, the better. Contact us today at The PEST Group to learn more about our bed bug services or to schedule an inspection and reclaim your home from these problematic pests.