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How Do Bed Bugs Get in Your Salt Lake City Homes?

Sep 14

Bed bugs are small, flat insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs are often found in mattresses, bed frames, and other furniture where people sleep.


There are several ways that bed bugs can get into your home.

  • Bed bugs can hitch a ride into your home on clothing, luggage, used furniture, or other items that are brought into your house from infested areas. Once they're inside, they can quickly multiply and spread to other parts of the house.


  • They can also be transported from one apartment unit to another through small cracks and crevices in walls and floors. Bed bugs can easily spread from unit to unit if you live in an apartment complex.


  • Bed bugs can also be brought into your home by visitors who are unknowingly carrying them on their clothing or in their luggage.


How To Know When You Have Bed Bugs in Your Home?


One of the most common ways to know if you have bed bugs in your home is by finding bites on your body. Bed bug bites usually appear as small, red, raised bumps on the skin. They can be itchy and sometimes cause swelling.


Another way to tell if you have bed bugs is by finding their eggs, nymphs (baby bed bugs), or adults in your home. Bed bugs typically hide in cracks and crevices during the day and come out at night to feed. Their eggs are white and about the size of a grain of rice. Nymphs are small and hard to see with the naked eye. Adults are brownish red in color and about the size of an apple seed.


How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?


If you think you have bed bugs, the first step is to call a professional exterminator. Bed bugs are difficult to eliminate, and trying to do it yourself can worsen the problem. A professional will be able to properly identify the type of bug, determine how widespread the infestation is, and develop a treatment plan to get rid of the bugs.


In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help control the problem.


-Wash all of your bedding, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry on high heat. This will kill any bed bugs or eggs that are in these items.

-Vacuum your entire home, paying close attention to cracks and crevices where bed bugs like to hide.

-Throw away any infested furniture or items that can't be washed or vacuumed.

-Seal up any cracks and crevices around your home to prevent bed bugs from entering.

-Use a mattress cover or encasement on your mattress and box spring to prevent bed bugs from hiding inside.


Bed bugs are a nuisance and can be difficult to get rid of. But with the help of a professional and by taking some preventative measures, you can get rid of them for good.