Bed bug infestations are on the rise. Once thought to be eradicated for good during World War II, they have since returned to annoy homeowners and businesspeople alike. They live on every continent (except Antarctica), which means Richmond is just as likely as anywhere else to have them. Here’s what you need to know about bed bugs in Richmond.

Bed Bugs in Richmond

Bed bugs are reddish-brown, six-legged insects about the size and shape of an apple seed. They do not fly, but they are expert hitchhikers, getting around by crawling onto clothing or into luggage, and from there to new homes. They multiply quickly, as one female bed bug can lay several eggs per day and hundreds of eggs in her lifetime.

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not have a preference for dirty homes or living spaces. They are perfectly willing to settle down wherever humans are, as they are attracted to heat, especially body heat. They will therefore make their homes anywhere from your bed to your living room furniture to the places in your walls behind pictures and TVs. They often come out to feed at night, and then they will hide again to digest and mate. They are expert hiders, too, so it may be difficult to find them in order to get rid of them.

How to Know If You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs do, fortunately, leave evidence of their presence. If you start seeing suspicious looking clusters of raised red welts on your skin, you may be the source of their meals. They often bite several times in one particular area, resulting in “breakfast, lunch and dinner” bite marks. You can also find out if you have them by searching for small bloodstains, carcasses, shed exoskeletons and tiny black dots of fecal matter on your mattress and cushions. Search around tight spots in your home, too, like behind bed frames, in cracks and gaps in walls and behind window shades.

Good prevention methods can keep you from getting bed bugs, such as vacuuming out your luggage and washing all of your clothing after a trip. 

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are resistant to many home remedy treatments. Some of the most common involve high heat levels, chemical traps and spreading diatomaceous earth. And while these treatments may kill some bed bugs, they are highly unlikely to get rid of all of them. Bed bugs will often simply move away from a hazardous area and infest somewhere else.

If you think you have bed bugs, the best thing to do is to call the professionals immediately. Trying to deal with the problem yourself will not completely eradicate them and will only give them more time to multiply and infest. At Dodson Pest Control, we are trained in specialized techniques for locating and eliminating these annoying and worrisome pests, and we have over 75 years of experience exterminating household pests. We can help you get rid of your bed bug problem quickly and safely. Contact us today for a free inspection!