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Bed Bug Facts & More For Ventura County Residents

As the weather heats up, so does the need for bed bug control for Ventura County residents. Here’s what local homeowners should know about why bed bug prevention is so important in June, why bed bugs like to travel, what attracts bed bugs, and how pest control in Ventura County can help you protect your home from these parasites.

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Bed Bug Prevention Is Especially Important In June

June is an important time of year for bed bug prevention. It’s the start of bed bug season when these pests are most active. Even though bed bug prevention is important throughout the entire year, it’s especially crucial in June.

But what do bed bugs look like? How do you get bed bugs? And where do bed bugs come from? These are all important questions, and knowing the answers can help you prepare to defend yourself against the risk of an infestation all the more.

Bed Bugs Like To Travel

Some pests may enter your home on foot, but bed bugs get around by hitchhiking. Bed bug infestations usually happen because you’ve come into contact with bed bugs outside of your home, and these pests latched onto your luggage, personal belongings, or even clothing and traveled with you back into your home.

Staying at a friend’s or allowing a friend whose home is infested to stay at your house could also be the start of a bed bug infestation in your home. Aside from traveling with people and our belongings, bed bugs can also move from house to house on secondhand furniture and appliances.

Some of the most common places to pick up bed bugs include hotels and motels, public transportation, and airports. Bed bugs could be lurking inside a mattress, chair, or another piece of furniture and then hitch a ride on your luggage. Once they’ve made it back into your home, bed bugs will remove themselves from your luggage or the items they traveled on and migrate to areas where they can hide and begin biting and reproducing. Because they are small, it’s easy for bed bugs to travel unnoticed. They prefer to travel in suitcases and backpacks, but may occasionally travel on your clothes if they have to.

Bed Bugs Are Attracted To CO2

Unlike some pests, bed bugs aren’t interested in dirt or grime – they find people to bite because they’re attracted to our CO2 and body heat. For this reason, bed bugs will also settle into areas where they’ve noticed a lot of carbon dioxide emissions. This may include bedrooms, living rooms, or anywhere else with a lot of human activity.

But why does it seem like bed bugs bite some people more than others? If you’ve ever dealt with a bed bug infestation, you may have felt like these bugs only targeted specific people. You may experience constant bites while your spouse or sibling doesn’t have a scratch on them. Is there a reason for this, and do bed bugs only bite certain people?

As odd as it may seem, bed bugs do not target or try to bite certain people more than others. As long as you are human, you’re just as susceptible to a bed bug bite as anyone else. However, some people may seem unaffected because not everyone has the same physical reaction to a bite. When bed bugs bite, the itchy, red welt that gets left behind is actually an allergic reaction.

Someone who lives with bed bugs and doesn’t seem to have any bites may still be getting bitten – their body may just not have the physical reaction to the bite. Depending on the person, reactions to a bed bug bite can vary. While some people seem to have no reaction, others could have large, red welts that last for days or even full-body reactions.

Professional Bed Bug Control Is Effective

Whether you’re worried you’ve got an infestation or you just need more tips to prevent these pests, Ventura Pest Control has got you covered any time of the year. With several years of combined experience in the pest control industry, our specialists are well-equipped to handle bed bug infestations of every size in your Ventura County home. If you suspect you may have bed bugs in your home, there’s only one solution – contact us today at Ventura Pest Control to learn more about how we can help. 

 

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