What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are insects that maintain a close relationship with people, and you may find them anywhere humans spend time or sleep. Blood is the sole source of nutrition for bed bugs, and people are their preferred food source. These blood-feeding insects live in large populations throughout Southern California, and because they live indoors, they actively feed and breed year-round.
Knowing what bed bugs look like is essential to identify an infestation in your home. These wingless insects have reddish-brown, flat, oval bodies, short antennae, and six legs. After feeding, their body elongates, swells, and turns a deep red color.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs are not necessarily dangerous, but they are quite problematic to have in our homes. Some of the biggest reasons these pests are unwelcome in our homes include:
- Their presence and the knowledge that they feed on our blood causes a lack of sound sleep.
- They are prolific breeders, and just a few finding their way into your home unnoticed can lead to a large-scale infestation.
- The streaks of excrement and drops of blood that they leave behind stain walls, bedding, mattresses, and upholstery.
- Those allergic to the bed bug's saliva will experience a red itchy rash at the bite sites.
- Excessive scratching at bite sites can lead to a secondary infection.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Los Angeles is a huge metropolitan area that's home to millions of people and where many other people visit each day. Since bed bugs travel with people and on our belongings, California experiences major problems with hitchhiking bed bugs. Bed bugs are most likely to be introduced into our homes on people or the things we bring inside, especially secondhand items like mattresses, furniture, and electronics.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs live successfully in various places, including family homes, apartment buildings, hotels, schools, airports, resorts, laundry mats, and anywhere else people spend time.
After finding their way into your home, nocturnal bed bugs hide during the day in places that both conceal them and put them near sleeping people.
Below are some of the most common areas to discover bed bugs in our homes:
- The seams of mattresses and box spring
- Inside electrical outlets
- Under rugs
- Behind baseboards
- Within upholstered furniture or wooden furniture
- Under clutter
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Get rid of bed bugs the easiest and fastest way possible; partner with A Step Above Pest Control. We are a local, family-owned and operated pest control company committed to our customers and providing them with quality pest control services. If you need help protecting your Los Angeles-area home or business from blood-feeding pests, do not hesitate to contact us.
A Step Above Pest Control specializes in eliminating bed bugs from structures and preventing them from reinfesting. We know that each customer has unique pest control needs, and we customize our home pest control and commercial pest control services to suit your exact requirements. To learn more about our comprehensive bed bug control solutions and working together to take back your residential or commercial property from these biting pests, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
Avoid experiencing a large-scale bed bug infestation in your Los Angeles area home with the following prevention tips.
- When traveling or spending time in public places, always know that bed bugs could be present in the back of your mind. Keep your belongings up off the ground and away from other people's things.
- Since bed bugs often hitchhike on mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture, avoid purchasing these items secondhand for use in your home.
- Clutter doesn't attract bed bugs, but it will hide them. Get rid of as much clutter from your home as possible. Doing so will help you identify an infestation sooner rather than later.
- Place bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs in your home.
- Regularly vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture.