Tulsa, the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma, resides on the Arkansas River between the Osage Hills and the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. A region of the state known as “Green Country”, there are others who enjoy the lush landscape that may not be welcome at your next dinner party. Bed bugs in Tulsa can be particularly rampant due to the warm climate and the high population. Spreading from household to household, they can be a mess to get rid of if you don’t know what to look for, or how to get rid of them.
Bed bugs are nasty insects that place unnecessary stress on people in the areas they live in. The most difficult thing about bed bugs is figuring out if you have pests or not. While they don’t transmit diseases, their bites may be mistaken for a mosquito’s or a flea’s. Luckily, there are a few signs specific to bed bugs that, once found, can help you determine the size and severity of your infestation.
Knowing more about the basics of bed bugs helps you quickly identify their signs. They are tiny insects, similar in shape and size to an apple seed, with brownish, flat, and oval-shaped bodies. They only consume the blood of animals and humans, not insects. When bed bugs eat, their bodies swell up and become a reddish color. Bed bugs do not live in colonies, but in small groups. Bed bugs cannot fly. While they don’t have wings, the adults have the vestiges of wings, known as wing pads, giving them the appearance of flying ability. Instead, they have evolved to jump high and dash fast.
The first place to look for bed bugs is the bed itself. The obvious signs are finding small rusty spots. These reddish stains are the result of the bed bugs swelling up with the blood of their victim. These crimson spots are typically located near the corners and edges of the bed, right before the seams. Nymphs shed oval brown exoskeletons, so watch for them as well. Inside the seams are where the bed bugs hide, particularly during the day time. Small brownish or black specks in the mattress indicate bed bugs.
Immature bed bugs are called nymphs and shed their exoskeletons frequently, which leave yellowish blemishes on the bed. The nymphs will shed at least five times before reaching maturity. They need to feed on blood before each shedding. It takes about a month for the nymphs to become full adults. The females lay hundreds of eggs and are capable of producing three or more generations a year. The eggs look like specks of dust and will similarly be found in the seams/corners of your mattress.
Inspect The Room
Do not stop investigating at the bed. Inspect the rest of the room for bed bugs. Areas to pay particular attention to are upholstered furniture and any loose fabric, such as couches, chairs, ottomans, and curtains. There are other hiding places that you may not expect, like checking the corners of the carpet or behind dressers and desks. If the signs are ignored, the bed bugs can spread over floors, walls, and ceilings, causing an infestation throughout your home. Bed bugs can also hide in ventilation as well. The easiest way to catch them is to wake up early in the morning, around the time the sun rises. If bed bugs are in your vents, you will find them crawling up the wall near your bed. Keep your beds away from the walls to help pinpoint where the infestation is coming from.
You might find yourself smelling a strong musty odor where it doesn’t belong, like on freshly laundered sheets. The nasty scent released is their pheromones, or how they attract a mate. The smell is usually noticeable when large numbers of infesting bed bugs are in the same room. If your bedroom begins to smell like moldy laundry, it’s best to investigate your room for bed bugs before they can spread to other areas of your home. Looking at the seams of furniture, like mattresses or couches, can help you find their colony quickly.
They bite people while they are sleeping and are most active at night. They pierce the skin and drink blood through an elongated beak. Bed bugs take 3 to 10 minutes per feeding. Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but become itchy welts. Scratching their bites can lead to bleeding and infection. Bed bug bites can be found anywhere the skin is exposed while sleeping. Look out for clusters of flat red welts or zigzag lines on your arms, legs and even on your back. People will often blame the itching on mosquitoes and fleas when a bed bug is to blame.
Heat Dry Your Items
Bed bugs are attracted to clothing, which is one way they can travel fast and start an infestation so stealthily. Check closets and meticulously go through each item of clothing. Bag any article of clothing containing bed bugs and properly heat them on a household dryer set at high heat for 30 minutes, killing the bed bugs and their eggs. Other items like bedding, stuffed animals, and cushions can also be heat dried. The primary objective is to heat the object thoroughly so any bed bugs within the item will be destroyed.
Midwest Pest Control
If you find yourself dealing with a bed bug infestation, it may be difficult to completely wipe them out without the help of a professional. Tulsa bed bugs should be handled by a company that knows Tulsa best: Midwest Pest Control. We provide a free and thorough inspection on your home, and with safe products, can effectively terminate all the bed bugs in your home with a pest-free guarantee.