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6 Common Questions About Bed Bugs

Are bed bugs a health hazard? Can you really get them from public transportation? Should you invest in DIY treatments or contact a professional pest control company if you have them?

At Anchor Pest Services, we’ve received plenty of questions about bed bugs from concerned homeowners over the years. In this post, we’re going to answer a few of the most common ones we’ve been asked over the years. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, or if you would like to learn more about bed bug treatment in Manchester and other areas around New Hampshire, please get in touch with our team!

Bed Bug FAQs

#1. What’s the most common sign of bed bugs I should look for?

Unfortunately, there’s no one sign that clearly indicates a bed bug infestation. Many people begin to suspect that they have bed bugs when they wake up with itchy red welts, but there are a number of signs you should look for that are not related to bites:

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#2. Do bed bugs pose a serious threat to my health?

Bed bugs aren’t known to cause serious health issues, although their bites can cause serious itching and discomfort. There have been some instances of bites becoming infected due to serious itching, but this is an indirect effect of an infestation. Some people also find it difficult to sleep knowing that they have bed bugs, which is all the more reason to contact a pest control company like Anchor Pest Services that can provide you with fast and affordable bed bug treatment!

#3. I didn’t stay in a hotel. Where could I have gotten bed bugs?

Unfortunately, bed bugs are some of nature’s most efficient hitchhikers. Public transportation, college campuses, and second-hand furniture are just a few of the most common ways you can pick bed bugs up without traveling.

#4. Do DIY bed bug treatments work?

DIY bed bug treatments are attractive because they’re affordable and claim to offer easy, hassle-free solutions to a problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible. However, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to treat due to their small size and ability to lay eggs quickly. They can attach to clothing, wall junctions, baseboards, and other areas around a bed and make a resurgence after being treated. The best way to ensure that they don’t come back is to work with a local pest control company that can provide you with peace of mind.

#5. I’m about to leave for a trip. How can I avoid bed bugs while traveling?

Before we provide you with tips, it’s important to remember that you could bring home bed bugs from a five-star hotel, so don’t decide to pay more for a stay believing that you’re less likely to encounter them.

No matter where you’re staying, start by examining the room and looking for the signs in the graphic above. If everything looks clear, don’t be too quick to let your guard down. It’s recommended that you keep your luggage on a tiled surface or on a metal luggage rack, just in case there are any bed bugs on the floor. When you get home, it’s a good idea to keep your luggage in the laundry room, wash all of your clothing on the hottest setting the garments allow, and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly.

#6. Will I need to throw my mattress away?

No, it’s unlikely that you will need to throw your mattress away if you have bed bugs. Wash the sheets, vacuum your mattress, and ask our team about cleaning any residual spots. We’ll provide you with specific guidance about how you can get blood, droppings, and the other unfortunate effects of a bed bug infestation off of your mattress.

Contact Anchor Pest Services for a Free Inspection

We hope that today’s post has answered some of your questions about bed bugs. We plan to continue this discussion in future posts, so be sure to come back to our blog in the coming weeks for even more resources.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, call our team to schedule a free inspection. If you do have an infestation on your hands, you can count on Anchor Pest Services to provide you with fast, affordable, and effective treatment.