When it comes to insect infestations, bedbugs are often a homeowner’s worst nightmare. They cause itchy, painful bites and are extremely difficult to exterminate, often requiring professional pest control. Here are a few facts you might not know about these pesky critters.
4 Facts About Bedbugs
1. They Don’t Always Nest in Beds
Despite their name, bedbugs don’t nest exclusively in mattresses and box springs. They’re drawn to any hidden crack and crevice, such as in picture frames, between baseboards, and under chairs. They also prefer dark places, which is why they often enter the home via suitcases and moving boxes.
2. Everyone Reacts Differently
Some people are hesitant to call pest control services because only one person in the house is itchy. Those who react to bites often notice red, itchy, and painful welts that appear in a line or zig-zag patterns, and they can be found anywhere on the body. However, not everyone who’s bitten develops noticeable symptoms, and some might not exhibit anything at all.
3. Bedbugs Aren’t Attracted to Dirt
Just because you have a bedbug infestation doesn’t mean your home is dirty or unsanitary. Although clutter gives bedbugs more potential hiding places, these critters are actually attracted to warmth, carbon dioxide, and human blood more than grime or debris.
4. Bites May Last Weeks
After the swelling and itching subside, marks left by bedbug bites may persist for several weeks or months. It’s also possible for symptoms of the same bedbug bites to go away and then flare up again within a few days. Fortunately, most welts heal within about seven to 14 days.
If you think your property has an infestation, contact the pest control experts at Xtermco in Hawaii. These knowledgeable exterminators provide effective treatment to remove rats, ants, and roaches as well as fleas and ticks from residences and businesses across Oahu. View their pest control services online, or call (808) 591-2922 to schedule an inspection or consultation.