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Bed Bugs Increase in Las Vegas Despite Pandemic

 In Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

Given our current situation, many people are hunkering down, staying indoors, and social distancing, but not bed bugs. No, these tiny blood-sucking pests are still active as ever, especially in the Las Vegas area and they’re a nightmare to have. Bed bugs will not only leave you with itchy bites, but they’re a challenge to get rid of. Continue reading to learn more about this stubborn pest and how you can help prevent an infestation.

What is the Main Cause of Bed Bugs?

The main reason you may have bed bugs is that they came from another infested area. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They’ll travel from room-to-room or location-to-location via clothing, furniture, luggage, backpacks, purses, and more. This is why you should be wary when buying second-hand items and stay vigilant when traveling on planes and buses.

How Can I Tell if We Have Bed Bugs?

Unfortunately, bed bugs are often hard to find. They are nocturnal insects so they hide during the day in close proximity to your bed and come out at night when you’re asleep. Work at night? No problem, bed bugs adjust their feeding cycle to their host’s sleeping patterns.

Because these tiny pests aren’t always seen, there are some other signs to look for when determining if you have bed bugs.

  • Red itchy bites, similar to mosquito bites
  • Blood-stained bedding
  • A strong musty odor
  • Rust-colored smears or stains of excrement

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Bed bugs congregate where you most often sleep. They are attracted to your carbon dioxide so you may find them in:

  • Mattress seams
  • Headboards
  • In personal belongings
  • In wall junctions
  • In bedside tables
  • In electrical receptacles
  • Any other crevice near where you sleep

How Do I Prevent Bed Bugs?

  • Inspect for bed bugs regularly
  • Inspect second-hand items before bringing them into your home
  • Wash and dry your bedding often using the hottest setting
  • Be on the lookout for ink-colored stains on mattresses and furniture when traveling
  • Store your luggage in plastic bags and off the floor when traveling

Although bed bugs don’t pose any serious threats, they can cause you psychological stress and as mentioned previously these pests are very difficult to get rid of and reproduce rapidly. So if you have bed bugs in your home, we recommend you contact a licensed pest control professional who’s experienced and trained in bed bug control, like us at Pest Control Inc. We offer fast, effective, and environmentally-safe treatments for bed bugs. Interested? Contact us for your free estimate and take a look at how you can help prepare your home for a bed bug treatment.

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