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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are biting pests that invade homes and businesses to be near their favorite food source: human blood. Adult bed bugs are wingless, reddish-brown, and grow to about 1/4 of an inch long. As bed bugs feed, their bodies swell and elongate in a balloon-like manner. They also turn a deeper, purplish-red color after feeding. Immature bed bugs look like the adults, but are smaller and a transparent until feeding, after which they turn bright red.

bed bug on skin

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are prolific breeders, and once they hitchhike their way into your home, they are tough to eliminate. Just a couple of bed bugs can lead to a large-scale infestation in only a few weeks. Each female lays about 200 eggs throughout its lifetime.

Bed bugs become a problem inside homes and businesses in several different ways. After coming into contact with you, bed bugs will crawl onto your clothing or belongings and into your home. They hitchhike inside on things like used furniture, mattresses, box springs, and electronics. Additionally, bed bugs will move into different rooms, apartments, or office units by traveling through walls and floors.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs live and hide wherever there are people. Any home or public place can be a place where bed bugs live successfully. Common areas you may encounter bed bugs include airports, libraries, movie theaters, hotels, shopping centers, schools, and hospitals. After they get into our homes, they hide in a variety of places, including the cracks of walls, cracks in wooden furniture, mattress and box spring seams, behind wood trim, in wall voids behind outlets, or inside electronics.

Where will I find bed bugs?

The best solution to your problem with bed bugs is a professional solution. At TNT Home and Commercial Services, we take our time and provide the thorough services needed to solve pest problems once and for all. Our central focus is to ensure that our customers are satisfied, and their property is free of pests! For more information about protecting your Greater Houston home or business from bed bugs and our area’s other common pests, reach out to TNT Home and Commercial Services today!

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The best solution to your problem with bed bugs is a professional solution. At TNT Home & Commercial Services, we take our time and provide the thorough services needed to solve pest problems once and for all. Our central focus is to ensure that our customers are satisfied, and their property is free of pests! For more information about protecting your Greater Houston Area home or business from bed bugs and our area’s other common pests, reach out to TNT Home & Commercial Services today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

More than an inconvenience, pests can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage. In addition to our professional pest control services, use the following tips to keep bed bugs out of your home:

  • Keep your home free of clutter where bed bugs can hide.

  • Place bed bug proof covers on all mattresses and box springs in your home.

  • Do not purchase used mattresses, box springs, and furniture for your home.

  • Inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bugs before bringing luggage inside.

  • In public places, keep your personal belongings up off of the ground.

  • After returning home from travel, wash and dry all clothing on the highest heat setting the fabrics can handle.

  • When doing laundry at a laundry mat, bring your own baskets. Immediately remove laundry from the dryer into your basket and take it home to fold.

  • Vacuum your floors and the seams of upholstered furniture, mattresses, and box springs regularly.

 

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