What Every Kittitas County Homeowner Should Know About Bed Bug Infestations

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In Washington, bed bugs are common in both homes and businesses. While these tiny bugs do not pose serious health risks to humans like some other pests, they can still be extremely problematic. If you are dealing with these invasive bugs, Prosite is here to help. We provide comprehensive pest control in Kittitas County, and we know the proper steps to take to rid your home of these bothersome bugs completely. 

Visible Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs have small round bodies that are usually the size of an apple seed. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, but younger bed bugs have lighter-colored bodies that are usually light brown or yellow. If you see these bugs around your home, it is a good indication that you have a bed bug infestation. However, because they are so small, they are often overlooked. Even if you don't spot these small bugs with your own eyes, there are still a few clues that you can look for to determine whether or not you have bed bugs in your home. Some telltale signs to look for include:

  • Finding small drops of blood or smear bloodstains on your sheets.
  • Waking up to find several bug bites on your skin in a straight line or clustered together.
  • Seeing rust-colored stains on your mattress, box springs, furniture, or any other area of your home.
  • Finding white, oval-shaped bed bug eggs that look like tiny grains of rice.
  • Smelling a strong, musty odor coming from your bed or furniture.

After a bed bug hatches, it will molt around five times before it reaches full maturity. If you have a bed bug infestation, you will likely find several eggshells and skin casings around your home.

All The Ways A Bed Bug Infestation Can Be Problematic

Bed bugs are not known to spread diseases to humans. However, that does not mean that they are completely harmless. For some people, being bitten by a bed bug can cause severe allergic reactions, including a rash, hives, or even anaphylaxis. 

Even if you are not allergic to bed bugs, their bites can still cause extreme itchiness. Some people have reported experiencing such intense irritation from their bites that they are unable to sleep. The bites can also cause a skin infection in some people who scratch excessively. 

How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Into Our Homes

You may find bed bugs in almost any public area. Some of the most common places to find bed bugs includes:

  • Hotels
  • Department stores
  • Second-hand stores
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Public transportation
  • Schools
  • College dorm rooms

Bed bugs are so small that they can easily hide in the cracks and crevices found in common areas. If you unknowingly stand too close to them or place your bag or purse near them, they will crawl onto your clothing or bags and hitch a ride back to your home. 

How Professional Bed Bug Control Eliminates Bed Bug Infestations

It can be extremely difficult to get rid of bed bugs on your own. Unless you eliminate them at every stage of life, including their eggs, the infestation will continue to come back. At Prosite, we can eliminate bed bugs from your Kittitas County home quickly and prevent them from coming back in the future. Early intervention is the key to complete bed bug control, so don't hesitate to give us a call.