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June 8, 2018
Bed bugs are year-round pests that live indoors and therefore do not die off in the cold winter months like other pests that live outdoors. However, it is important to understand that, while bed bugs may be a threat year-round, they become even more of a threat during the summer season when their population seems to boom. To prevent bed bugs from invading your home this summer, the bed bug professionals at Thomas Pest Services want to provide you with some helpful information about bed bugs including how to rid them from your home!
Reasons why bed bug populations seem to boom in the summer include:
- Bed bugs reproduce and develop much faster when the temperature is warmer than 70 degrees. The warm humid weather of summer provides them with the environment they need to thrive.
- The summer season is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. People go on vacation, visit family, go to theme parks, museums, and more. The increased number of people traveling allows more opportunities for bed bugs to come into contact with people, and as a result, invade more homes.
- During the summer it seems like yard sales and flea markets are everywhere, bed bugs often travel from place to place inside of used items. That used quilt that you thought was such a good deal might not be so great after all.
- Bed bugs could have potentially been living inside of your home for months without you realizing it; their nymphs are very small. The increased heat allows the nymphs to quickly develop and suddenly you are aware that you may not have just brought back Christmas presents from your road trip in the winter.
If bed bugs do find their way into your home, there will be some warning signs, that, if you are aware of, can help you to identify an infestation sooner rather than later. Not all people will react to bed bug bites the same, but if you or family members are waking up with unexplained raised red bug bites, that can be an indication of a possible bed bug infestation. Another warning sign of bed bugs living in your home is finding blood spots or black streaks (excrement) on mattresses, box springs, pillowcases, or bedding. If bed bugs are in your home, you may start seeing apple seed-shaped, rust-colored bugs in the seams of mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture; or in the cracks of wooden furniture or walls. A bed bug infestation can also cause a mildew-like odor to form inside of a home that is otherwise free of moisture issues.
Whether you know for a fact that bed bugs have found their way into your home, or just have a suspicion, contact the bed bug experts at Thomas as quickly as possible. We can provide you with a thorough bed bug inspection to confirm whether or not bed bugs have, in fact, found their way into your home. If bed bugs are discovered, we offer the eco-friendly, effective treatment that is needed to quickly and completely eliminate them from your home. After we have successfully eliminated the infestation, we’ll provide you with helpful services and products that can help to prevent and control future bed bug infestations. To learn more about how we can protect your home from the summer bed bug boom, give Thomas Pest Services a call today!