Identifying Bedbugs
in NW Houston and Surrounding Areas

What are Bedbugs?

Most people react in fear and believe that if they wake up with a bite on their body that they didn't go to bed with, then they must have bedbugs. This is an all too common occurence in the hotel industry especially. There are a lot of bugs out there and in most cases, the bites we are responding to are from mosquitos the night before. Coastal properties share these problems with bites from sand fleas. It is best to do an inspection of your bed before determining that you are going to try and fight the hotel for free room and board.

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What are you looking for if you believe that you have bedbugs? There are a few things that the pest professional is looking for when searching for them. First, bugs. It's a dead giveaway if you find a bedbug that you have a bedbug problem.

Second, blood spotting. Bedbugs eat blood every meal and what comes in, must come out. Bedbugs will leave fecal spotting on sheets or the headboard or wherever they are hiding. On fabric the blood will seep into the strands of fabric and look like a sharpie marker touched the fabric and bled down the threading. On harder surfaces, these fecal spots can look like pepper grains.

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Third, skin casts. After every feeding from its nymph stage to adult, the bedbug will shed its skin. These skin casts will be left for you to find. They look an awful lot like a nymph stage bedbug but they are not and are usually a pale yellow in color as there is no blood in them.
Last, eggs. These are harder to find as they are smaller than a grain of rice and look like a clear tiny jelly bean. Often times you can spot these when they are on a headboard corner or hard surface but can be easily missed on linens or boxsprings and mattresses.

If you complete a comprehensive search of your bed, the matress tufts and seams, the boxspring around the folds and the stapled lining on the bottom, as well as the headboard in the corners or all cracks and crevices, you should be able to notice some of these signs. If you have a conviction that you have a potential problem, please call us today. Going at this problem by yourself could cause you to spread the problem. We have a ton of experience with these bugs and will get rid of them for you.

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How To Eliminate Bringing Bedbugs To My Houston Home

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Bedbugs are everywhere and they don't appear to be going away anytime soon. A common theme when in a home where bedbugs have been identified is that nobody has any idea how they got them in their home. Of course, if you're not thinking about bedbugs whenever you leave your home or asking 100 questions to every visitor that comes over, it could be very hard to determine where you or someone in your home picked them up.

Some of the most common places that people get bedbugs and transport them back to their homes is through hotels. Even 5 star hotels can have their share of bedbug issues as people who stay at them are also travellers. So whether you're staying at a dive motel or a top of the line resort, there are quick and easy inspections that you can do to see if there is a problem.

First, check the inside corners of the bed skirt. Often times these skirts don't get washed often and they become a great place for bedbugs to hide. Check the corners of the headboard, especially if there are cracks or crevices or it is a decorated headboard. Lastly, at the head of the bed, peel back the corners of the linens and check the seems of the mattress to see if there are any signs of activity. Signs being, blood spots, skin casts, and the bugs themselves. Going through these steps will not guarantee that there is not a problem but will seriously reduce you running into a major problem.

Other things you can start as best practices, never leave your belongings on the bed. Keep your suitcase off the bed and the pullout bed/sofa. Hang your clothes in a closet or keep them in your suitcase on the table if possible. After getting up in the morning, shower, remove the clothing that you wore to bed and inspect it for any live bugs. To be extra thorough, keep dirty linens in a sealed bag that you can wash in hot water when you get home.

After doing all of these things, you are well on your way to eliminating problems before bringing them to your home. In all my hotel stays, I found one bedbug in a room that I rented. One time. That one time I could have brought them to my house if I didn't do a self inspection. Hopefully this will help you in your travels and keep you from bringing them back to the Houston area. If they do get back to your home, make sure to call the professionals at Guard Pest Control to service your home and eliminate a greater infestation.

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