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How To Control Bed Bugs

How To Control Bed Bugs

This spring there was a lot of press coverage about bed bugs. While the focus was on hotels (there is even a registry for hotels that ranks for bed bugs), they are also prevalent in local homes. What Are Bed Bugs? These are small, brown in color, oval insects that actually live on the blood of humans and animals. An adult bed bug will have a flat body and will be about the size of an apple seed. However, after they have fed, their bodies will swell and become a reddish color. Contrary to popular believe, bed bugs do not fly, but they can move very quickly over walls and floors. Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs which are the size of a speck of dust. Myrtle Beach bed bugs are a nuisance, but keep in mind they do not transmit any diseases. How do you know if you have a bed bug problem? Check your mattress in the folds or cracks for stains or egg cases. You will also want to look in the carpeting, wallpaper and other furniture in the room. Even a small amount of evidence can be an indicator of a bigger problem. These little bugs can hide in the smallest of places including inside electrical outlets and beneath baseboards. How do you treat bed bugs? Start by thoroughly washing where the bed bugs exists. This should include bedding and linens, curtains and clothing in very hot water and then dry them at the highest setting possible on your dryer. For items such as shoes, stuffed animals and items that can’t be washed,...