“Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.”

What was once a cute phrase whispered to us as kids is not a nightmare for many. Did you know that Cincinnati and Columbus are among the top cities in the US with bed bug problems? Dayton, OH isn’t far behind on that list. Big cities are common problem areas for bed bugs, which are small pests that move around by clinging to fabric surfaces such as clothes, furniture, and luggage. They feed on human blood, causing little red, itchy bite marks along the skin.

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Common Sources of Bed Bugs

It’s common to pick up bed bugs from highly populated areas such as:

  • Public transportation

  • Movie theaters

  • Public furniture

  • Hotels

Anywhere that many people could have been sitting with fabric is prone to bed bugs. Hotels and apartments can be common breeding grounds due to the multitude of people living in shared spaces with frequent interaction. Bed bugs frequently hide in mattresses and furniture. When traveling, it’s important to inspect any area you are staying for bed bugs before you settle in.

Dealing with Bed Bugs

If you do happen to pick up this little traveler along the way, it’s important to clean all clothing or laundry immediately. When drying, use heat to kill the bugs and any possible eggs. Clean your entire home or area – vacuuming is particularly helpful, as long as you dispose of the content immediately. There are other home remedies you can follow as well, but if you notice that the situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better, consider professional help before the situation becomes uncontrollable. 

Dealing with bed bugs can be a challenging and frustrating experience, but with diligence and persistence, you can effectively manage and eliminate them from your home or business. By understanding their behavior, knowing where they hide, and taking preventive measures, you can minimize the risk of a bed bug infestation.

Need help? Call EcoPro Termite & Pest now to resolve your bed bug problem and sleep tight without the bites!