Are Bed Bugs Common in Los Angeles?
While you may love living in Los Angeles, unfortunately, bed bugs do too. The city was recently named to the fourth spot on Orkin’s list of 50 top bed bug cities, moving up two spots from last year’s ranking. San Francisco and San Diego also made this less-than-desirable list, marking a resurgence of bed bugs in California. They are known as one of the worst urban pests because they are found in most cities throughout the country.
One reason they’re so pesky and difficult to get rid of is that they can live for several months without feeding. They are also remarkably prolific breeders, with females laying up to seven eggs a day. However, with an understanding of why they appear and a way to prevent them from spreading, you can save yourself from the itchy welts caused by these pests.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
Bed bugs enter your property through “hitchhikers.” This refers to items that you bring into your home from outside, such as a piece of furniture. By hitchhiking, it’s easy for them to spread throughout the entire home, especially any place that’s cozy for them to nest. This includes beds, sofas and anywhere a tasty human might lay or sit. They are so small that you often won’t notice until they have multiplied profusely.
To prevent an infestation, make sure that all clothing and fabric materials you bring into your home are clean. Once you’ve identified that you’re sharing your home with these unwelcome lodgers, you’ll need to thoroughly wash all fabrics in your home to be rid of them for good.
Bed bugs are also spread by bringing them home as unwanted souvenirs after traveling. Before settling into any hotel room, always check the premises for undesired roommates. Don’t set your suitcases on the bed or the floor. Instead, try to utilize luggage racks or even counters. When you arrive back home, make sure that you wash all your clothing immediately so that you dispose of any bed bugs that may have made the return journey with you.
Bed Bug Signs
The sooner you can detect an infestation, the easier time you will have dealing with it. If you see any of the following signs of bed bug activity in your home, you should call an exterminator.
- Adult black watermelon-seed sized bugs in or around your bed
- Brown/beige skins from shedding adolescents
- Stains with a red coloration, resulting from bugs being crushed
- Tiny dark spots of bug excrement
- White eggs or eggshells that are extremely small (1mm)
- Bites or rashes on uncovered parts of the body.
It is important to take any of these signs seriously, but especially seeing live insects or getting bites. Bed bug bites are often misidentified as hives or other insect bites, which lets the problem fester for longer than necessary. These marks also may not show up for several days after the initial bite, so once they do, take action immediately.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a bed bug infestation, there is no need to panic. At-home remedies rarely work because homeowners don’t have the capability to treat the hundreds of bugs involved in an infestation. Bed linen, mattresses, carpets and other upholstery all need to be professionally treated.
We will work on your property until we’ve eradicated the pests throughout your home or apartment. We also focus on preventing new critters from taking up residence. We ensure that no larvae or eggs are hiding in unseen places, waiting to replace their predecessors.
As professional bed bug exterminators in Los Angeles, we have the skills and expertise to help you lead a bed-bug-free life for good.
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If you suspect you may be dealing with bedbugs, then it is time to take back control. With our help, you will be able to live a pest free life once again.
Contact us to learn how we can inspect and treat your home. We will be happy to speak with you and assess your current situation. We always tailor our treatment plans to match the severity of the bed bug issue you’re dealing with.
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