Many people over the years have wondered where vampire lore originated. Many believe it began when Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad the Dragon, released a flock of bats over an enemy army at dawn, giving the impression that Vlad and his soldiers turned into bats themselves.
Now, we know what you are thinking, what do vampires have to do with bed bugs? Well, you see, bed bugs are much like vampires in many ways. Coming out only at night, these blood-suckers wait until you are sound asleep to feed on your blood. The only big difference between vampires and bed bugs is that you won't turn into a blood-thirsty bed bug after being bitten. That said, today we will give you three things you can do here in Las Vegas to avoid bed bugs this Halloween season.
Problems Bed Bugs Cause
Before we get into how you can avoid bed bugs, let's talk a little bit about the problems they cause homeowners. Of course, to start, bed bugs feed on the blood of humans while they sleep. Knowing this, and waking to find bites all over yourself, you'll probably start losing sleep until the problem is solved. For many people, this can turn into insomnia.
On top of this, bed bug bites can be very itchy, and when scratched excessively, can become infected. With large infestations, victims of bed bug bites can suffer from anemia due to the amount of blood loss on a nightly basis.
Finally, recent studies show that bed bugs are capable of carrying and transmitting a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which can cause Chagas disease. Although less common here in the states than south of our border, this discovery raises many concerns about the health risks associated with bed bugs.
Prevention Steps For Bed Bugs
Are you ready to learn how you can avoid bed bugs? We are ready to teach you. Here are our top three suggestions to prevent bed bug infestations this Halloween season.
- Know your enemy. The more you know about bed bugs and the signs they leave behind, the better able you will be to avoid them. We highly recommend spending some time with your family doing research. There are many resources online that will not only show you what bed bugs look like but also the signs they leave behind. The more you know, the better you will be able to keep bed bugs away.
- Keep your eyes open. Once you know what bed bugs look like and how to spot their signs, stay vigilant to catch them before they catch a ride home with you. When out in public, don't set down items in one spot for more than 20 minutes, which is all the time bed bugs need to climb up and hitch a ride. When traveling, check the rooms you are staying in for bed bug activity, and if you find anything suspicious, change rooms immediately. Finally, when buying items such as used clothing or furniture, check them over for bed bugs before bringing them inside.
- Wash your clothes after being out and about. This may sound strange, but one of the most common ways bed bugs get into homes is on dirty clothing. For instance, when you are finished at the gym, do you change before returning home? If so, the sweaty clothes in your bag could be a beacon for bed bugs. The same is true when coming back from vacation if you have dirty laundry in your bags. Either way, we have an easy solution to eliminate any potential bed bug threats. First, store your used clothing in a plastic bag to reduce its chances of attracting bed bugs. Then, when you get home, throw it directly into the wash. The heat will kill off any hitchhiking bed bugs. It's as simple as that.
Why Professional Control For Bed Bugs
If despite your efforts, bed bugs still manage to find their way into your Las Vegas home, your next move should be to contact the professionals here at Ace Pest Control. There is no better solution. Our treatments work fast and are extremely effective at eliminating infestations of all sizes. No extra stress, no wasted money, just results you can count on.
Give us a call today if you are ready to join our growing list of satisfied customers?