How Dangerous Are Bed Bugs In Southern California?

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There’s little more unsettling than the idea of a bunch of tiny little insects feeding on your blood while you sleep soundly in bed. Unfortunately, if your home is infested with bed bugs, that’s exactly what could be happening. Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of both mammals and birds. However, their favorite source of blood is humans which is why they often invade our homes. To make matters worse, once they get inside, getting rid of these tenacious pests can be quite a challenging ordeal. As such, it’s important to know what your options are should bed bugs invade your Southern California home.

The Bed Bug Basics

Bed bugs are small insects that resemble apple seeds in both size and shape. They have flat ovular bodies that are reddish-brown in color. However, after they have a blood meal, their bodies will engorge and turn a deep reddish-purple. Bed bugs are nocturnal and will mostly feed at night. As such, they often make their homes inside of mattresses and box springs as these locations provide them with easy access to sleeping humans—their favorite source of food; this is also from where bed bugs get their name.

Bed bugs are often referred to as little blood-sucking hitchhikers due to the manner by which they travel around—on us people and our property. That’s right, we are one of the most common modes of transportation for these little parasites. That’s because we will often pick them up, unknowingly, while we are out in the world, and then introduce them into our homes when we return.

As such, being cognizant of your surroundings while you inhabit areas that could be considered bed bug hotspots can help protect you from picking up bed bugs. Bed bug hotspots include lodging establishments, transportation hubs, and any other location that has a lot of people coming and going on a daily basis such as hospitals and schools.

Health Concerns Associated With Bed Bugs

While there is no concrete evidence that bed bugs spread disease like many other parasitic pests, that doesn’t mean they are completely harmless. In fact, there are several reasons you don’t want bed bugs to infest your home. For starters, bed bug infestations have been known to induce insomnia in people who are afflicted. Furthermore, bites from bed bugs leave itchy red welts that are prone to secondary infections if scratched too much. Finally, if a bed bug infestation grows to be too large, or lasts for too long a time, it can cause anemia.

Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard To Prevent And Control

While you should always be cautious while spending time in bed bug hotspots, it is quite possible that you could still pick up bed bugs unbeknownst to you. As such, preventing bed bug infestations is harder than it seems. To make matters worse, once they get inside, they can spread throughout a home like wildfire. As such, you need to react quickly at the first sign of bed bugs. Moreover, don’t waste your time and money trying to take care of it yourself. Let the trained professionals do what they do best—eliminate pests.

Your #1 Solution For Bed Bug Control

If you find yourself dealing with a bed bug infestation, don’t delay and contact the trained pest experts at Excel Pest Management. Our experienced pest technicians come fully equipped to effectively eliminate any bed bug infestation with which you’re are dealing. Furthermore, we can work with you to better protect your home from future infestations. So, don’t lose any sleep over these blood-sucking parasites. Give us a call today for effective bed bug control!