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Why Do Bed Bugs Like To Live Inside Houston Homes?

December 15, 2022 - Bed Bugs

We live in a beautiful part of the United States, but admittedly there are things many would like to be different. Houstonians would rather have summers with low humidity, no flooding, hurricanes, or tropical storms; likewise, all people would like bed bugs to be gone. Bed bugs would not exist if we had our way, but they do!

If bed bugs are in your house, or you suspect the itchy red bumps on your body are from bed bugs, you need the Houston pest control team from The Bugstoppers Pest Control. From our humble beginnings to being voted the best of The Woodlands three years in a row, we focus on removing pests from houses and customer satisfaction. Our decades of pest control experience give us the knowledge, ability, and tools for a bed bug-free home.

What Are The Signs That I Have A Bed Bug Infestation?

It is necessary to know the early signs of bed bugs so you can take action to stop the problem before it becomes overwhelming. These are indications of a bed bug problem in your Houston home

  • Stains on the mattress, box springs, and bed linens: These reddish-brown marks are on items' surfaces or creases.
  • Eggs in cracks and dark corners: Use a magnifying glass to search for the cream-colored eggs between the baseboard and wall, in dark corners, behind wallpaper, picture frames or the headboard, and inside electrical outlets.
  • Discarded bed bugs skins: Like all insects, their skeleton is outside the body (exoskeleton). They discard the exoskeleton or skin each time they grow (molt). You will find these pale skins in the locations mentioned above. 
  • Adult bed bugs: Unlike nymphs or eggs, adult bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. Found in the locations as the eggs or skins, they are reddish-brown to mahogany with a 3/16-inch body. 

Take action when you see these bed bug signs in your Houston home.

Bed Bug Infestations Only Get Worse With Time

When we encounter an unexpected problem, we tend to ignore it and hope it disappears, but that will not happen with a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs begin reproducing once they have a host and hiding location in your Houston home. A female bed bug lays one to five eggs upon receiving a blood meal. Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs begin feeding on the host and, within three weeks, become adults, reproducing bed bugs. Each female bed bug produces over 500 eggs in a lifetime, so you can only imagine how quickly a few bed bugs can create an infestation. 

Why Do I Have Bed Bugs In My House?

Unsanitary conditions are not what causes bed bugs, but bed bugs in Houston houses are from exposure to the bugs in public locations. Bed bugs catch rides on people and hide in clothing creases, shoes, luggage, and bags; they also hide in crevices of furniture. Bed bugs are hitchhikers, so when a person who has bed bugs enters a public location or uses public transportation, the bugs may hop off the individual and onto a nearby person. You have bed bugs in your Houston home because you were in a location like a hotel, motel, restaurant, or theatre, or you used a public bus, subway, or cab where bed bugs were present.

The Trick To Permanent Bed Bug Removal

The Bugstoppers Pest Control company provides bed bug control in Houston because these pests are almost impossible to eliminate without the right tools and treatment products. Our technicians will inspect your home to identify infestation areas. We will treat your home using safe and effective products to remove the bugs from your house. Contact us today and schedule your free, no-obligation inspection.

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