Chances are you’ve heard the phrase, “don’t let the bed bugs bite!”
Well, most of the time when people say that these days, they mean something more along the lines of “sweet dreams,” or “goodnight sleep tight,” or something much more pleasant than the literal bugs. But bed bugs are still a major nuisance, and they are extremely difficult to get rid of once they’ve take up residence in your furniture.
These bugs are especially heinous because they feed on blood, and the actually prefer human blood over other animals. They are mainly active at night, and thrive in plush furniture like mattresses and upholstered easy chairs and couches. There’s no reason to believe that bed bugs carry disease, but the bites can get infected, and are extremely itchy.
To be rid of these intruders, you’ll have to subject the furniture and affected areas of the home to intense steam for a long period of time. Alternatively, putting the furniture outside in temperatures 20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder for a few weeks will do the trick as well. Since these pests tend to migrate from one room to another, it’s best to call in an exterminator to make sure you’ve reached them all.
Protect your home from these intruders and more by arming yourself with knowledge. Know the preliminary signs of a cancerous infestation, and be ready to tackle it head on immediately.