Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

Bed Bugs In Chicago, IL

Bed bug crawling through human hair and biting into skin

Living in a city like Chicago, bed bugs are a common concern for people. But you can better protect your home from an infestation by understanding how and why they get inside and who can help with reliable bed bug control.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about bed bugs and how to prevent them from infesting your home!

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, about 1/4 an inch long. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies that will become swollen after feeding.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, so people with infestations don't usually realize they have a problem for some time, making bed bugs frustrating and challenging to deal with.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Although bed bugs leave bites on hosts, they don't spread diseases, but excess scratching at the bite sites can lead to a secondary infection. While it may not be considered dangerous, the stress of living with a bed bug infestation can affect the way people sleep, eat, and go about daily life.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are unique pests in how they get inside structures. Whereas most home-invading pests get in on their own through cracks in the property's exterior, bed bugs hitchhike their way in from public places.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Surprisingly, you can find bed bugs just about anywhere in a home once they have hitchhiked their way inside. As mentioned above, bed bugs are nocturnal, so they are often not seen right away, giving them time to reproduce.

Some places where you may find bed bugs include mattresses and bed frames, behind baseboards and wallpaper, in the seams of curtains and upholstered furniture, and inside electrical receptacles and appliances.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs aren't pests you can use DIY home pest control to eliminate; trying to do so often results in a reinfestation. But Sleep Tight Extermination can provide the proper bed bug control techniques needed to get rid of bed bugs the first time.

We start with a free inspection to look for signs and bed bug activity. Because all bed bug infestations are unique, we develop a customizable service plan.

Our treatments may include using home pest control products like liquid treatments applied to baseboards, windowsills, headboards, box springs, mattresses, furniture, drawers, cracks, and crevices. We may also use heat treatments on mattresses, sleeping areas, and furniture. If needed, we can vacuum and apply mattress encasements upon request.

After treatments are complete, you have our guarantee, and we will monitor for 14 days; if bed bugs are still present, we will re-treat.

Contact Sleep Tight Extermination for residential pest control in Chicago that will eliminate bed bugs in your home.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Once you experience a bed bug infestation, you won't want to deal with them again, so it's essential to do what you can to prevent a reinfestation. Here are several expert recommended prevention tips:

  • Keep bags, jackets, and other personal belongings off the floor in public places.
  • Inspect and clean secondhand goods before bringing them into your home.
  • Look over hotel and motel rooms before your stay, inspecting the mattress, sheets, bed frame, curtains, upholstered furniture, drawers, and luggage racks.
  • Always use the luggage rack and don't put your bags on the floor.
  • Use protective coverings on mattresses and box springs.
  • Keep dirty clothes away from clean clothes.

Don't let bed bugs keep you awake at night, contact us at Sleep Tight Extermination for the best local pest control for bed bugs.

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