The reemergence of bed bugs is wreaking havoc across the nation. These unpleasant houseguests can cause a lot of headache if they infiltrate your home and your mattress. Keep reading to learn more about bed bugs and how to get them out of your home for good:
What Are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs, as their name suggests, are insects that are able to find their way into mattresses and other crevices, including inside books and under couches, where they hide until they come out at night to feed. When they feed on blood from a host, they change from a brown color to a dark red. Although bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases, they do leave uncomfortable bite marks that can itch. Some people are even allergic to these bites and might have to seek medical attention for relief.
How Do Bed Bugs Get into Your Home? With more and more people traveling throughout the world, the bed bug epidemic is spreading. They can easily crawl into your suitcases, clothing, backpacks, or packages without your knowledge and travel with you back to your house. Bed bugs can be hard to identify but often leave bite marks in a straight line across an arm or leg. You can sometimes see them along the mattress seam. Examine your mattress to see if you can find any blood stains or dark spots that will alert you to their presence.
How Can Bed Bugs Be Removed? If you do have bed bugs, get rid of any piled or stacked items where they can cluster. If they have infected your mattress, it is a good idea to start fresh with a new mattress. Since bed bugs are so small and hard to see, it is difficult to completely get rid of them unless you throw out the old mattress. You should also vacuum inside any cracks and around wood walls to ensure that these parasites are gone.
If you have bed bugs, come to St. Louis’ Mattress Direct to replace your mattress and get rid of your insect problem. Use this opportunity to upgrade to a Simmons Beautyrest or a Tempur-Pedic mattress. To learn more about our selection, please call (314) 549-8496.