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How To Find Bed Bugs In Your Home Before You Move In

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Moving into a new house or apartment can be one of the most fun and challenging accomplishments a person can do in his or her life.  Nothing feels quite as satisfying as having all of your clothes unpacked and furniture set up to make a comfortable living environment. One thing that goes often goes unlooked for in new homes is that people don’t know how to look for and find bed bugs.  Here are some steps to ensure you are not moving into a bug infested living space.

First, go online and research state law regarding tenant notification of current or past bedbug infections in the home by the previous owner.

Conduct a bedbug inspection or go ahead and order the home or apartment be eradicated of bedbugs prior to moving in.  The inspection is best conducted before moving in, as it saves time, money, and the risk of more items being infected.

Sometimes nosy neighbors can be useful, so don’t be shy and get the inside scoop on your apartment or home.  Often times they know the history of the home better than anyone and may be willing to give a more unbiased opinion of things than the previous home owners.

If full-fledged bedbug eradication is not financially available option, then try to use some over the counter bug sprays to combat the pests.  Also try purchasing mattress and box-spring encasements to prevent bedbugs from making their home where you sleep.  Cut down on the clutter in bedrooms and under the bed, as it allows bedbugs to easily hide.

If you decide to use a moving company, ensure the truck is bedbug free before loading your belongings onto the vehicle.  Hire a bedbug sniffing canine to inspect the truck prior to the company’s moving appointment.

Lastly, done be fooled by freshly painted walls or refinished floors and countertops, they may look nice but they will not rid your home of bedbugs.  Try to also not bring too many secondhand or used items into the new living space.

Do You Have Bed Bugs?

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For many years, people have made up silly stories to tell and scare their friends. There are so many myths out there that many of us aren’t sure about. One of the most commonly spread tales are bed bugs. These bugs supposedly feed on the blood of humans and inhabit our bedding, feeding on us without any disruption. Are these bugs made up or do we really need to worry about where we sleep at night?

Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is a reddish, light brown color, flattened, oval-shaped and has no hind wings. These tiny bugs grow up to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide although their lifespan varies. They are commonly mistaken for small roaches or carpet beetles. These insects will feed on humans only when no other prey is available and are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide. Despite the average bed bugs ability to live without feeding for  2 months, they normally try to eat a few times a week. On average with available food supply, bed bugs can live up to a year, or five months in less fortunate environments.

Bed bugs aren’t highly detrimental to our health although they do cause psychological effects, rashes, and allergic symptoms. These pesky bugs are brought about by visiting guests, attached to their clothing or even by clinging to pets. Sometimes they infest furniture and are contracted by relocation of said furniture.  They generally inhabit close to prey, in beds or couches. Their nests are normally kept close to themselves, attached by a sticky substance.

If you find you have an infestation of bed bugs, the extermination is not very difficult. An exterminator or even a bed bug detecting dog can help retrieve the whereabouts of more bedbugs in your living area.  If you do find any traces of bed bugs or believe you have them, call your exterminator IMMEDIATELY as these bugs multiply quickly. Early detection helps prevent an even bigger infestation.