05 Nov Bed Bug Prevention: Basics and Signs of SLC Bed Bugs
There’s one common pest type that’s virtually synonymous with bedrooms and sleeping areas, and it’s the aptly-named bed bug. Bed bugs are a fast-multiplying pest that bite humans and leave itchy marks on the skin, and they’re known to often occupy areas like mattresses, bed frames and other parts of the bedroom (though they can also be present in other areas as well).
At 2 Brothers Mattress, while we would never claim to be pest control experts, our years of experience in the mattress world has taught us quite a few things about bed bugs. Not only do we offer a wide range of mattresses to our Salt Lake City clients, including memory foam and numerous other options, but we also provide clients who need them with basic tips on various areas of mattress maintenance, including prevention of bed bugs if they’ve been an issue for you in the past. This two-part blog series will go over some basics on what bed bugs are, the signs they may be present in or around your mattress, and how to get rid of them if they’re indeed present.
Bed Bug Basics
As we touched on above, bed bugs are a serious and irritating type of pest that can become a big headache for any household. Bed bugs are the result of an infestation by tiny pests known as Cimex lectularius, which latch onto sleepers at night when they’re in their beds or other sleeping areas.
Bed bug bites often occur near blood vessels, making them especially itchy and irritating, often resulting in large welts that can be uncomfortable for days. Bed bugs are known to carry a number of diseases, but fortunately there are many ways you can get rid of them naturally without using chemicals or pesticides — or prevent them from showing up entirely.
Although they’re tiny, bed bugs are incredibly good at hiding and making themselves difficult to spot. This nesting is why they’re often found in hard-to-find places like mattress seams, pillow cases, bed frames and box springs.
Signs of Bed Bugs
Here are some basic signs you may be dealing with bed bugs in some part of your home or bedroom:
- Bite marks around the area of your bed or on your body when you sleep
- A sweet, musty scent in the room where they’re nesting, which can indicate an infestation has occurred
- Dark spots (which are actually their fecal matter) that may resemble rust or dried blood on the bed frame, mattress, sheets or other furniture
- Actual bed bugs themselves, which appear as small, flat, rust-colored bugs that are about the size of an apple seed when they’re unfed
If you believe you may have a bed bug infestation, it’s important to act quickly to stop it before it grows. Part two of our series will go over some methods for checking whether it’s your mattress that’s the source of the problem, plus how to remove bed bugs from any location in your home if they’re present.
For more on how to prevent common pests in the mattress area, or to learn about any of our quality mattress options throughout SLC, speak to the pros at 2 Brothers Mattress today.