Yes, bed bugs have come to Houston. These annoying, biting pests have been making a big comeback across the country in the past few years, and now they've hit Houston. Bed bugs can make your life pretty miserable, robbing you of a good night's sleep and leaving you with itchy red bites all over your body.
Bed bugs also don't stay in just the bed. They like to hide in all kinds of soft fabrics and upholstery, and can spread into furniture and clothing and can spread beyond your bed across the whole house.
Bed bugs are also notoriously hard to get rid of. They can burrow deep into mattresses and fabrics where they lay their eggs. If you think you have bed bugs in your home, it's you should call a pest control expert before the infestation gets too widespread and dug in.
Bed bugs are tiny and difficult to see with the naked eye. Unfortunately, usually the first sign you'll have of a bed bug infestation is when you start see symptoms. While bed bugs don't spread disease, a bed bug infestation can still be highly unpleasant and make life pretty miserable.
Bed bugs feed on blood, and their bites are very irritating to human skin. Bed bug bites can appear as blotchy, red patches of skin, sometimes spreading into a rash. Bed bug bites are usually found in lines or clusters across the body, particularly on the arms and legs, or on the face and neck.
Some people's have more severe reactions to the bites than others. While for some the bites can be only mildly irritating, others will experience severe itching around the bites, and maybe even develop blisters or hives.
Bed bugs can also leave small, red dots on bedsheets, linens, or upholstery. These marks are bed bug droppings, the red color comes from their feeding on blood. A large infestation of bed bugs will also a produce a distinct, sweetly musty odor.
Bed bugs are great at hiding and are expert hitchhikers. They are often spread to homes by travelers, when they hitch a ride in luggage that's been set down in infected hotel rooms. If you've been on a trip recently and now find that you're itching when you get out of bed, it may be time to have your home inspected for bed bugs.
Bed bugs on the scale we're seeing them are a new thing for Houston. We hadn't seen a case of bed bugs in Houston until just a few years ago, when an outbreak of bed bug infestations that started in New York City began spreading across the country. People traveling back and forth from New York have spread bed bugs across the entire country, and it seems that bed bugs are once again becoming a major problem everywhere in the US, including here in Houston.
Bed bugs are notoriously hard to get rid of. Cleaning out a bed bug infestation almost always requires professional treatment. While pesticides can be used to treat bed bugs, spraying pesticides strong enough to kill bed bugs where you sleep isn't such a great idea.
At Bulls Eye, we use heat treatments to get rid of bed bugs. We have specialized equipment that allows us to heat infected mattresses and linens to temperatures high enough to kill the bugs and destroy their eggs, but without damaging the mattress and linens. We can rid your home of bed bugs in a way that's safe for people and pets, and let you get a good night's sleep again.
Bulls Eye Pest and Termite Control can help rid your Houston home of bed bugs, no matter where you are in the city or its many surrounding areas. We offer safe, effective bed bug heat treatments to let you get a good night's sleep again. If you're scratching from bed bugs, give Bulls Eye a call at 713-222-PEST.