If even the thought of bed bugs makes you cringe, you aren’t alone. Most people live in fear of encountering these pests because they are notoriously hard to get rid of. Many are eager to learn easy ways they can prevent these pests. For example, some people wonder whether bed bugs can climb metal. The thinking here is that a metal bed frame might offer protection if these bugs have a hard time climbing the slick surface of the frame. Although bed bugs do find it easier to climb more textured surfaces like fabric or wood, they can climb metal. Unfortunately, this means beds on metal frames can harbor these pests just as well as any other type of bed. However, by learning the early signs of bed bugs, you can help prevent a full-blown infestation.
Bed bugs can be creative about how they reach you in your bed at night. These bugs are most often found hiding in people’s mattresses, but they can also hide behind picture frames, inside drawers or between floorboards. If your sheets or blankets droop onto the floor at night, and bed bugs are waiting nearby, they’ll take the opportunity to climb up and bite you for a tasty meal.
Bed Bug Identification and Behavior
Bed bug bites often show up in a characteristic “breakfast, lunch and dinner” pattern—lines of bites on people’s skin. This is because these insects “bite” their victims in one spot, suck their blood and then move a short distance away for another bite. Incidentally, bed bugs don’t technically bite people. They have a sharp, straw-shaped mouthpiece that they use to make a tiny slit in their victim’s skin and then suck up the blood.
Bed bug bites can be intensely itchy. They might even turn into small blisters. Since bed bugs are not known to carry diseases, their bites themselves don’t typically cause problems beyond extreme itchiness. Still, some people do have allergic reactions to bed bug bites. Additionally, scratching these bites sometimes leads to more serious secondary infections like staph or MRSA due to the vulnerability of the broken skin.
Dealing With a Bed Bug Infestation
If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, a metal bed might help a bit, but you’ll also need to take other steps to eliminate these pests. For example, you’ll need to vacuum your entire mattress very carefully, paying special attention to the piping and seams that run along the edges of the mattress. These are prime spots for bed bug eggs and adult bed bugs to hide. You can also wrap tape around a credit card, sticky side out, and press it into the seams to pull out any eggs.
You’ll also need to vacuum the entire area around the bed, as well as the floors and baseboards. Move any furniture away from the wall and take down any frames or mirrors so you can make a careful inspection behind them since bed bugs sometimes hide there. Once the entire bed area looks free of bed bugs, encase the mattress in plastic, and make sure the bed is positioned well away from the wall before making it up with clean sheets.
Sometimes, when people find out they have bed bugs in their bed, they bring their sheets with them to a different bed or sleeping area in the house in hopes of getting a bite-free night’s rest. Unfortunately, doing this can introduce bed bugs to other parts of the home. If you find bed bugs in one bed or room, treat that area so you can continue sleeping there and don’t risk spreading them to other parts of the house.
Contacting a professional is the best and most efficient way to get rid of bed bugs in your home. A pro knows exactly where to look for these insects and can determine the full extent of the infestation. Pest control professionals have access to the latest products and techniques to eliminate these pests and can help you regain a sense of peace in your home.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs in the First Place?
If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home, you know that it’s a nerve-wracking experience trying to get rid of them. Bed bugs are notoriously tough to eliminate, and it takes a lot of ongoing effort to successfully get rid of them once they’ve settled in. But how do you get bed bugs in the first place? Knowing the answer to this question will help arm you against unknowingly inviting these nasty pests into your home.
Bringing Bed Bugs Home
Since bed bugs are silent havoc wreakers, it’s best to trust an expert to help you with an infestation. A specialist can determine whether the bed bugs have localized in one bed or room, or if they’ve already spread to other parts of the house. They can also recommend a comprehensive pest treatment plan that is customized to your home.
Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Dealing with a bed bug infestation can be an ongoing, stressful and overwhelming process. Sometimes, people dealing with these pests ask pest control specialists, “Can you get rid of bed bugs?” Fortunately, you can get rid of bed bugs—but it takes effort, vigilance and usually a multi-pronged approach.
Chemical and non-chemical methods work best against bed bugs when they’re used together. A bed bug infestation should always be handled by a pest control professional.
ABC Can Make You and Your Family Members Comfortable
It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you discover you have bed bugs in your home. Homeowners can easily bring these pests home if they enjoy thrift stores or traveling. These insects are incredibly difficult for homeowners to get rid of on their own. Get relief from bed bugs by contacting ABC Home & Commercial Services. We create customized pest treatment plans that will work best for you and your family members, so you can feel comfortable in your home again.