There’s nothing more disruptive to a home or business in Coral Springs than a bad case of bed bugs. You may think that bed bugs are unique to hotels and motels, but they can be found in residences as well. And if you don’t take fast action, they can quickly get out of hand.

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ during some point of your childhood. For many people, bed bugs are a made up creature to make sure children stay in bed at night. However, bed bugs are a real insect that can infest anyone’s home at any time, and considering how frequently they multiply, it can be hard to get rid of them.

These little pests are brownish-red in color, about the size of an apple seed. They can be identified by their oval, flat bodies. Bed bugs live off the blood of animals and humans, and when they feed on blood, their bodies swell and gain a red hue, much like a mosquito. They are fast insects that can move over most surfaces, though they cannot fly. Females can lay hundreds of eggs the size of dust specks over their entire lifetime.

A sign that you may have an infestation is waking up itchy. Bug bites are little red, swollen dots that, if the infestation is particularly large, can appear all over your body. They usually bite around tender skin, like fingertips and toenails. But if there are a large amount of them, the bites could appear anywhere.

And since these pests feed off blood, you may wake up with little blood stains on the sheets, pillows, or bedding, especially around the edges of the mattress where they gather.

In addition, their diet of blood will cause them to produce a rusty colored excrement that can be found anywhere the bugs have been, e.g., furniture, bed, sheets, and walls.

If you locate where the bed bugs most likely are, you will probably find shed skins, fecal matter, and eggs. Lastly, the bugs can emit a musty odor from their bodies, which can be an unpleasant smell.

If you have found that there are bed bugs infesting your home, the first step is to cleanse all infected areas. Throw out the bed their droppings are on, rid yourself of the sheets and pillow cases they’ve infected, and trash any furniture with signs of infestation. If you want to keep your items, wash all linens and infested toys in hot water and dry on a hot cycle. Scrub your bed’s edges thoroughly with a stiff-bristled broom or brush before vacuuming away remains of where the bedbugs have been.

You can also cover your mattress with a sealed or zippered cover for at least a year before you can be sure that the bed bugs are dead. Clutter in your home can also be a home for them. So make sure all areas of clutter are cleaned and washed. If the infestation is out of control and you can’t fix it, then an exterminator can be called and they can clean the infestation for you.

The problem with bed bugs is that the infestation can occur rapidly. This is why it’s usually wise to get a professional exterminator into your home or business as quickly as possible. It’s an annoying problem that you don’t want to linger.

So if you think that you may have a bed bug issue or need an evaluation, please contact our Coral Springs pest control service at 954-906-9118.