How Did I Get Bed Bugs In My Oahu Home?
July 15, 2021
In a place like Oahu, you’re not supposed to have any worries or cares. In reality, it should be where you have the best night’s sleep of your life. Unfortunately, if you have bed bug problems, you can lose a lot more than just sleep. And if you think that bed bugs won’t plague your Oahu property, then you can think again. These invasive pests don’t discriminate, and they are some of the most difficult pests to control in the industry and on the island. Check out what brings bed bugs into Oahu homes and find out the best ways to get rid of them before putting your family at risk (and losing any more sleep).
Busting Bed Bug Myths
Bed bugs are very slow-moving pests that will hide within your furniture until you go to sleep. Once they are sure that you are not moving, they will crawl out from undercover and feed on your blood as you sleep. If that’s not the stuff of nightmares, we’re not sure what it is.
You might think that bed bugs are not interested in your home, but this could be a dangerous misconception. While many people think that bed bugs only enter dirty or poorly kept homes, bed bugs will invade any home that they can gain access to. So how do they get in?
Usually, it is in one of two ways. Many bed bugs will hitchhike on luggage after a long trip, traveling from hotels, to travel hubs, and then into your home. That’s why it’s important to be careful about where you put your bag at the train station or the airport. If bed bugs have time to migrate from bag to bag, they may latch onto yours and travel into your home.
Another way that bed bugs might get into your home is by riding in on secondhand furniture. Bed bugs will hitch rides on all sorts of furniture, from couches to mattresses, appliances, and more. That’s why it’s important to check on these items before allowing them into your home.
The best way to spot an infestation in a piece of furniture or within your home include the following:
- Rust-colored rings from bed bug excrement
- Bed bug carcasses in the seams of the furniture
- Blood droplets left behind from feedings
- Musty odors on the furniture
If a bed bug infestation has occurred in your home, you might also wake up to red, itchy bite marks on your skin in a straight line, due to the common feeding pattern of bed bugs.
Proper Prevention & Eradication Methods
While checking any items you bring into your home is the best way to prevent a bed bug infestation, understanding the signs is the best way to avoid the long-term effects of an infestation. If you allow bed bugs to remain in your home, it could lead to insomnia, anemia, and more. That’s why it’s important to get professional help as soon as you witness the signs.
While the Internet might tell you that you can get rid of bed bugs on your own by vacuuming the furniture or spraying DIY solutions, this is a dangerous misconception. These sorts of treatments will allow bed bugs to remain burrowed beneath the surface layer of your furniture with the rest of their eggs, repeating the cycle of nightly attacks after a few days. That’s why relying on professional bed bug solutions is the safest and fastest way to get rid of these pests.
At Pest Tech Hawaii, we have years of experience and innovative bed bug control technology to get rid of your bed bug problems completely. From spot treatments that infiltrate the furniture to fumigation methods that can cover more drastic infestations, we have everything it takes to create a safe property for you and your family. After a thorough inspection to get to the root of the problem, we will put together a customizable game plan to eradicate your bed bug problems. We will also visit a week or two after treatments to ensure that your bed bug problem is gone completely.
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