How To Identify And Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Problem In Your Cleveland Home | Avenger Pest Control

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Bed bugs are small insects that can cause a lot of stress to you and your family if they invade your home. These little bugs may not be able to fly or jump, but they don't let that stop them from taking over almost every inch of your home. 

At Avenger Pest Control, we have been providing superior pest control in Cleveland for over 30 years. Every one of our experienced certified applicators is dedicated to finding a solution to your bed bug problem. We can help you identify and get rid of the pesky bed bugs that have invaded your home.

Clear Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are small bugs that are great at staying out of sight. Obviously, if you see their small, flat, teardrop-shaped bodies crawling around your home, you have a bed bug infestation. However, they are usually no bigger than an apple seed, making them difficult to spot when not out in the open. If you are one of the many people that can easily overlook bed bugs, there are a few other bed bug signs that you can look for instead, which include:

  • Finding bed bugs eggs in the joints of your furniture or under your mattress

  • Seeing dark brownish-red fecal marks that can sometimes look like a marker smudge

  • Eggs shell or discarded bed bug skin casings lying around your home

  • A strong, musty odor that resembles old, wet clothes and gets worse with time

  • Seeing new bed bug bites on your skin when you wake up every morning

Bed bugs can bite you anytime, but they prefer to do it when you aren't moving around too much; usually, this is when you sleep or sit on furniture while watching TV. Because they are so small, you might not feel them when they bite. You will only notice a bed bug bite on your skin once they have stopped biting you. 

A Bed Bug Infestation Only Gets Worse With Time

Bed bugs can go a long time without eating. Most bed bugs will survive if no food source is around for months. The females need a blood meal to lay eggs. But once a female bed bug has fed, she can lay anywhere from one to seven eggs for up to ten days. After the egg hatches, it only takes a few weeks for the bed bug to mature fully, meaning that the number of bed bugs in your home can more than double every few weeks. 

Because they are so resilient and able to reproduce at a fast rate, a bed bug problem is not something that you can ignore. Not caring for the problem as soon as possible will only worsen it. It is unlikely that a bed bug would ever choose to leave your home on its own once they have settled in. The only way to get rid of bed bugs for good is to hire a professional bed bug control specialist. 

How Bed Bug Infestations Start

Bed bugs are usually brought into your home by accident. They can attach to your clothes or crawl into your bag when you are not looking and hitch a ride back to your house. Sometimes, bed bugs will infest second-hand furniture and clothing. When you bring any of those into your home, you will also bring the bed bugs with it. 

What It Takes To Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation

The best and most effective way to permanently get rid of bed bugs is to call in the professionals. At Avenger Pest Control, we can eradicate all bed bug infestations in your Cleveland home and ensure that they don't come back again. Contact us as soon as possible to receive your free quote.