What Makes Bed Bugs Infestations So Tough to Eliminate?

Evasive Pests

Evasive Pests

Bed bug infestations have become increasingly common, especially during the summer months. Unfortunately, these pests are both difficult to detect and tough to thoroughly eliminate without the help of a bed bug removal specialist. Read on to discover why these tiny bugs are so tricky to get rid of.

Common Symptoms

Although many people assume that any fine rash or bites on the skin immediately point to bed bugs, bites are often misidentified because they are so easily confused with common skin problems or other insect bites. Bed bug bites may resemble eczema, fungal infections, spider or mosquito bites, or even hives. Because many homeowners initially attribute their bites to another cause, an infestation often has time to spread, making it more difficult to eliminate.

Evasive Pests

These insects are both incredibly small and adept at hiding in hard-to-reach spots. Bed bugs only come out when they are feeding, so they may be difficult to track down during the day. If a room is heavily infested, bed bugs can be found in linens, underneath mattresses, in the box spring, in chair and couch seems, under loose wallpaper—and even in the head of a screw. A good tip to remember is that if a crack in the wall has room for a credit card, it can easily hold a bed bug.

Resilient Bugs

Bed bugs are especially effective hitchhikers, and infestations that go undetected can spread quickly. Unfortunately, females can lay three to seven eggs per day, and these eggs hatch after only about a week. Bed bugs are especially tough to eliminate because they can survive for up to a full year without a blood meal, and only thermal remediation has proven effective to get rid of bed bugs for good.

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