The Secret To Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Baltimore Home

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It is hard to keep a widely known fact secret in our modern day and age, even when it comes to a pest like bed bugs. There is a good chance that what we tell you today, you will already know. Regardless, we will be breaking down one not-so-secret method for getting rid of bed bugs and helping you identify an infestation inside your Baltimore home.

For help dealing with bed bugs inside your home, call ATC Pest Control. We have the most advanced bed bug solutions available. For pest control in Baltimore, contact us today. 

Bed Bug Bites Are Often The First Sign Of An Infestation

Bed bug bites do not hurt. They do, however, often leave behind red marks on the skin. These marks can itch and appear in a straight line or zig-zag pattern and are also one of the first signs of a bed bug infestation. The only problem is that some people do not have a visible reaction to these bites. If this is the case for you, here are some other signs of bed bugs to check for around your home.

  •  Blood stains
  • Fecal droppings
  • Bed bug eggs
  • Shed skin
  • Live and dead bed bugs

Look for these signs on your bed, under your covers, along your bed frame and mattress, and in hard-to-reach areas around your home, like the cracks between baseboards, floorboards, electrical outlets, and furniture. Lastly, you may notice a sweet, musty smell if your infestation is large. If you want more help identifying bed bugs indoors, consider investing in a professional inspection courtesy of ATC Pest Control.

Bed Bug Infestations Get Worse With Time

Although bed bugs do not move quickly, they are rapid reproducers. A single female will lay between one and five eggs per day and up to 500 in her lifetime. This may not seem like much, but since bed bugs are silent pests that often go undetected for months, they could quickly become a big problem.

Young bed bugs, also called nymphs, go through five stages of development before reaching adulthood. They must feed between each of these stages in order to develop. One big question customers ask is, "how do bed bugs travel?" Let's talk about this for a bit.

How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Into Your Home

You could completely seal your home, and bed bugs could still find a way indoors. Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. They invade by riding on items people carry into their homes. They find items by seeking out residual carbon dioxide and heat left behind by humans. Bed bugs can also be picked up at a second-hand store, your friend's house, an airport, a library, a school, or anywhere else people gather.

Bed bugs might also crawl onto your personal belongings while you are traveling. We recommend checking rooms you plan on staying in for signs of bed bugs while traveling and, when you return home, wash and dry all your clothes in the hottest settings to eliminate any traveling bed bugs. Make sure to vacuum your bags as well. If you're wondering how to eliminate bed bugs, your best option is to hire a pest professional. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

Get ATC Pest Control involved if you are waking up with bed bug bites and want to give these pests the boot. We offer comprehensive services to identify and eliminate these annoying and sleep-wrecking insects. Let us visit you to assess your risk and provide some simple solutions for bed bug removal. 

Contact us today or check out our bed bug control page to learn more about our services. We would be happy to discuss your options, provide a free quote, and schedule an appointment for your Baltimore home. Dealing with invasive pests has never been easier. 

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