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Bed Bugs in Pennsylvania: What You Need to Know 

December 16, 20223 min read

Introduction:

If you live in Pennsylvania, the chances are you’ve heard of bed bugs. Although many people don’t talk about them, it’s important to be aware of the risks that bed bugs present and how to protect yourself from infestation. In this blog post, we’ll cover where bed bugs come from, what a bed bug bite looks like, and how quickly they reproduce. We’ll also provide some tips on how to prevent an infestation and what to do if you have a problem with bed bugs in your home.

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How to get rid of bed bugs

The first step in getting rid of bed bugs is to identify the source. This can be done by looking for signs of bed bug activity such as small black spots on sheets or mattress seams, or by using a flashlight to check for tiny red spots that may indicate bed bug feces. Once you have identified the source, you should vacuum your mattress and furniture thoroughly. Be sure to remove any loose items that may be harboring bed bugs, such as clothes or books.

The next step is to treat the infested area with an insecticide dust or spray specifically designed for killing bed bugs. Some products contain natural pyrethrins which are derived from chrysanthemums and are effective against bed bugs at all stages of their life cycle. It is important to read the label carefully and follow instructions when applying these products. After treatment, it is important to seal up any cracks or crevices where the bugs might hide such as baseboards, wall cracks, mattresses seams and other furniture joints so they cannot escape from one area into another.

Finally, it is important to monitor the area for any new signs of infestation so you can take action quickly if needed. Regular vacuuming can help prevent future infestations since it removes eggs and larvae that may have been missed during treatment. You should also regularly inspect your mattress seams, furniture joints and other potential hiding places for any new signs of activity. If you find evidence that indicates a re-infestation has occurred then additional treatments will be necessary to get rid of the remaining bugs.

Where do Bed Bugs Come From?

Bed bugs can travel into your home from anywhere - hotels, second-hand furniture stores, public transportation - they’re even carried by wild animals like squirrels and raccoons! The most common way for them to gain access is through clothing or bags that have been exposed to an infested area. Once inside your home, they hide in cracks and crevices in walls or floors, as well as behind baseboards and wallpaper.

What Does a Bed Bug Bite Look Like?

Bed bug bites appear as raised red bumps on the skin which may be accompanied by itching or swelling. They tend to be concentrated around areas of exposed skin such as arms or legs but can occur anywhere on the body. It is important not to scratch the bites because this can worsen irritation and lead to infection.

How Quickly Do Bed Bugs Reproduce?

Bed bugs reproduce incredibly quickly - one female can lay up to 500 eggs during her lifetime! The eggs are very small (less than one millimeter) so they are difficult to spot with the naked eye. Once hatched, it takes only five molts for the baby bed bugs (nymphs) before they become adults capable of reproducing themselves! This means that an infestation can quickly become out of control if left unchecked.

Knowlege is power!

We hope this blog post has provided some insight into why bed bugs are so dangerous and how you can protect yourself from an infestation. Remember that prevention is always better than cure when it comes to dealing with pests like these! If you suspect there may be bedbugs in your home then contact a professional exterminator who will be able to advise on treatment options. Don't wait until it's too late - take action now!

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Ted Hantwerker

Owner of Environmental Pest Solutions

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