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Longview Homeowners' Complete Bed Bug Control Guide

A bed bug on a sheet

Bed bugs have been around for centuries, and unfortunately, it doesn't look like they are going anywhere anytime soon. These tiny bugs are able to live in the smallest crevices of your home and go unnoticed for an extended period of time. 

If you think you have bed bugs in your East Texas home, you will need the help of a professional Longview pest control specialist to completely eliminate the bed bugs at every stage of life. At Gecko Pest Control, we can help you get rid of your bed bug infestation for good. 

Bed Bug Warning Signs Everyone Ought To Know

If you have a severe bed bug infestation, you will probably see these tiny, reddish-brown bugs hiding under your mattress or tucked away in the creases of your furniture. However, even if you overlook these small insects, there are still a few ways to determine if bed bugs are in your home. Some of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation include the following:

  • Small, off-white bed bug eggs 
  • Egg shells and discarded skin casings
  • A strong, musty odor
  • Rust-colored fecal spots found on your mattress, bedding, and other areas of your home

When bed bugs bite, they tend to bite multiple times in one setting. If you wake up to find a cluster of itchy bug bites on your skin, you may have a bed bug infestation. 

How And Why Bed Bugs Infestations Get Worse With Time

A female bed bug in Longview can lay between one and seven eggs every day. She will need to take a blood meal in order to produce eggs, but once she is fed, the female bug can continue laying eggs for ten days. While their reproduction rate is not as high as other insects, a few bed bugs can still develop into a full-blown infestation in just a couple of weeks or months.

Bed bugs are also resilient creatures that can withstand a variety of rough conditions. They can handle both hot and cold temperatures well. They can stay active in 90-degree temperatures and continue to thrive when the temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Five Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Bed bugs are usually accidentally brought into the home. If you want to keep bed bugs out of your house, some of the things that you can try include:

  1. Thoroughly inspect any furniture or clothing that comes from a second-hand store before bringing it inside. 
  2. Don't put your luggage, purse, or other bags on the floor in a public place.
  3. Wash and dry your clothes on high heat when returning home from vacation.
  4. Make sure to thoroughly inspect the room and bed when staying overnight in a different location.
  5. Vacuum your home frequently.

Another way to ensure that bed bugs are not living in your home is to remove any clutter from your home. While bed bugs are not attracted to dirty homes, having a cluttered home will give these bugs more places to hide. 

Bed Bug Control Made Easy For Longview Homeowners

Bed bugs are some of the most difficult types of pests to eradicate. At Gecko Pest Control, we are an award-winning bed bug control company with great attention to detail. We will thoroughly inspect and treat your home to ensure the bed bugs are eliminated. Don't let bed bugs take over your Longview home, give us a call today to schedule your free inspection and receive a free quote!