Prevent Bed Bugs from Spreading in Florida

If you see a single bed bug in your home or even your business or commercial property, there’s a good chance there are more. These tiny and distinct-looking bugs can quickly enter your home on the clothes of a human carrier, a suitcase full of infected clothes, or within used furniture.

Facts About Florida’s Bed Bugs

Since bed bugs are expert hitch hikers and Florida is a year-round vacation destination, the state is a prominent hot spot for bed bugs. Bed bugs are known to travel effortlessly from host to host on clothes, in suitcases, and in the seams of the cushions of airplanes, cars, and trains. The person that sat on the chair or slept in a hotel room before you may have unknowingly carried bed bugs to that location.

While Not Large Enough to Easily Notice; There Are Tale-Tail Signs

Young bed bugs (also called nymphs) range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm. Fully mature bed bugs are oval-shaped and grow to about 3/16th of an inch in length. They are brown and flat before feeding, and after feeding, their color reddens and their bodies swell and elongate. Adult bed bugs have six legs, two antennae, wing pads but are wingless and cannot fly.

Some signs of lurking bed bugs include:

  • Discarded bed bug shells (exoskeletons)
  • Empty insect eggshells
  • Small red, oval, flat bugs, or pale-colored larvae
  • Reddish-brown fecal spots on mattress, bedding, and upholstery
  • Bloodstains on bed sheets and sleepwear
  • Small bites on arms and legs – it can take two to three days for bites to appear

Although bed bugs are commonly found in sleeping areas, they can be found in many other places like nightstands, dressers, and picture frames. When it’s time for bed, this is the prime time for these pests to feed on the blood of humans and indoor pets.

If you develop red itchy welts on your arms and legs, check within your bed’s linen, mattress seams, bedroom furniture, behind baseboards, clothes, upholstered pillows, and cushions.

While bed bugs aren’t always easy to spot, there are things you can do to avoid bringing bed bugs into your home.

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Come Home With You

While you shouldn’t let the fear of bed bugs deter you from travelling, there are ways to prevent bed bugs from hitching a ride home with you. Start by checking the seams between your mattress, box spring, and cushioned furniture with your cell phone’s flashlight. Look for blood spots, fecal matter, and bed bugs themselves. If you suspect bed bugs are present, contact the front desk right away.

When you return home, wash all your clothes in hot water—even those you haven’t worn. Take the extra step to vacuum your suitcase and check carefully for any signs.

Before you bring any used couches, chairs, or mattresses indoors, give it a close inspection of any possible signs of bed bugs. Contact a Florida pest control professional if you suspect bed bugs are present.

If you think you may have bed bugs, rely on Hometown Pest Control’s professionals to halt the problem and quickly start the removal process. Call 561-907-8643 or contact us online to get started.