Bed bugs are notorious little pests. Although they don’t cause any real harm, they sure make our skin crawl. Once they’ve invaded your home, they’ll infest your bed, your pet’s bed, your sofa, and more. Even worse, they’re incredibly difficult to get rid of!
Bed Bugs Don’t Need to Eat Constantly
When some people have bed bug infestations, they’ll try sleeping somewhere else in an effort to starve bed bugs. Not only may bed bugs hitch a ride with you to your new location, but they can also go a long time without eating–over a year in some cases. So relocating won’t make your bed bug problem go away.
Bed Bugs Are Great at Hiding
Bed bugs are tiny and flat–about the size of an apple seed. Because bed bugs are so small, they can easily fit into the smallest of spaces such as baseboards, mattress seams, and floorboards with cracks in them. When getting rid of bed bugs, it’s important to eliminate every last one, which can be hard since they hide in spots you cannot always access.
Bed Bugs Are Great at Hitchhiking
Bed bugs are known for their hitchhiking tendencies–or stowaway capabilities since no one really offers them a ride. They’ll cling on to luggage, clothing, purses, and other personal belongings. This is why it’s important to inspect second-hand items and use prevention methods when traveling.
Bed Bugs Reproduce Quickly
A single bed bug can turn into hundreds pretty quickly. Female bed bugs can lay as many as 12 eggs a day. These tiny pests will deposit their eggs in bed frames, baseboards, and carpet lining in a sticky layer to ensure they’re secure. Then, once the bed bugs hatch a week or two later, they’ll immediately start searching for food.
Bed Bugs are Pesticide-Resistant
Bed bugs evolve and adapt to their surroundings, and have been doing so for thousands of years. Over time, they’ve become immune to some common bed bug treatments, including pesticides.
Need Help with Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are real nuisance pests. They can leave you with red, itchy bites and affect your peace of mind. If you’re dealing with bed bugs in the Portland and Vancouver area, contact Pioneer Pest Management. We will treat your bed bug problem and use preventative measures to ensure they don’t return!