The popular warning, “don’t let the bed bugs bite,” might seem innocent enough when said as part of a nursery rhyme, but when that warning rings true, it can make life pretty miserable. That’s because a bed bug infestation is no laughing matter – nor something you can ignore. Bed bugs make themselves apparent through stains on your mattress and bedding, discarded shells littering your space and painful, itchy bites on your skin.
An age-old problem, bed bugs have plagued homes, hotels and even businesses for centuries. And with Americans now more mobile than ever, international travel has made bed bug infestations a more common problem than ever before.
While called “bed bugs,” these parasites aren’t satisfied with beds alone. In fact, bed bugs can be found behind outlet covers, in drapery fabrics, under carpet or virtually anywhere that is dark and obscured. If you have a bed bug infestation, it’s not due to a lack of hygiene or cleanliness; bed bugs are simply an unfortunate problem in areas with a high rate of human turnover (like hotels, department stores, movie theaters, etc.)
You might wonder how carrying just a few bed bugs home from a vacation or movie theater can turn into an infestation. It’s actually no small wonder when you consider the fact that a female bed bug can lay anywhere from one to twelve eggs each day. These eggs hatch within a couple of weeks, and the resulting nymphs begin to feed immediately. As many as three generations of bed bugs can appear in one year, giving you an idea of how quickly a couple bed bugs can become a horrific problem.
If you suspect a bed bug problem, don’t wait; let Bug Emergency get rid of the infestation for good. Your home – and your skin – will thank you.