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Bed Bugs In Tucson, AZ

Bed bug complaints are up all over the country, but the biggest increases are in densely populated cities or vacation destinations like Tucson.

Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests that move across streets, cities, and states with the help of people. They move with us on our clothing and belongings and into new homes and businesses each and every day. Learning about these insects, as unpleasant as they may be, is the best way to avoid problems with biting bed bugs.

Close up of a bed frame post with bed bugs

What are bed bugs?

A general understanding of what bed bugs look like and their preferred food source is essential so that you can identify their presence and remove them from your home as quickly as possible. A few bed bugs finding their way into your home can lead to a significant problem with these unsavory pests. 

Adult Bed bugs are small, red-brown, flat insects that can reach up to one-quarter of an inch in length and resemble an apple seed. They have six legs, short antennae, and lack wings. After feeding, their body swells and becomes more capsule-like in shape and darker red. 

Bed bugs use a proboscis (elongated piercing mouthpart) to pierce the skin of their host and feed on their blood. Blood is the sole source of nutrition for bed bugs, and people are their preferred hosts! They feed on human blood from sleeping victims, and they can be found anywhere, from homes to hotels, buses and airplanes, theaters, and even restaurant booths. Though sanitation can be a contributing factor in the severity of an infestation, even very clean homes and businesses can become infested.

A small percentage of people may experience a severe reaction to bed bug bites, but for the most part, the bites are painless and carry no risk of disease transfer. Most people are not even aware that these bugs are in around until the population gets so large they just can’t hide anymore.

Signs of a possible infestation:

  • Blood spots on bedding
  • Pockets of insects, especially in mattress creases and seams
  • Sweet, musty smell in the area
  • Bites and associated welts on the skin

Are bed bugs dangerous?

When bed bugs feed, they pierce the skin of their host with their proboscis. Any opening created in the skin of a person or animal can be prone to infection. Bed bug bites can be quite itchy, and scratching at the bite sites can lead to a secondary infection that requires medical attention. 

Unlike most blood-feeding insects, the spread of diseases by bed bugs is not a significant concern. An important consideration is the lack of sleep a bed bug infestation can cause. Knowing you are sharing your home with bed bugs is unsettling and often makes people uncomfortable and stressed in their homes.

Eliminating bed bugs from any home should be done as quickly as possible, and reaching out to a professional is the easiest, safest, and quickest way to get the job done!

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs can’t jump or fly, but they are efficient crawlers. If you find yourself in a home or business where bed bugs are present, there is the potential for them to crawl onto you or your belongings, and then you will introduce them into your home. 

It is a common misconception that dirty homes are more likely to experience problems with bed bugs than clean and tidy homes. The reality is that bed bugs can wind up in any of our homes; they don’t care what it looks like inside; they care that there are hosts inside to provide them with blood meals that will help them complete their life cycle. 

It is important to point out that a cluttered home won’t attract bed bugs, but a cluttered or messy house can conceal an infestation. Bed bugs love to hide within areas of clutter. The longer bed bugs go unnoticed, the large an infestation will become.

How did I get bed bugs?

These bug complaints are up all over the country, but the biggest increases are in densely populated cities or vacation destinations like Tucson. They travel in suitcases, folded clothing, and bedding. College students are also a common method of transporting these insects between homes and dormitories.

A person who was never exposed to bed bugs may pick them up in their suitcases when the bags are stored with other infested bags in the cargo hold of aircraft. Staying in an infested hotel or sitting in an upholstered infested restaurant booth may also result in a bed bug problem.

This helpful video, produced by the National Pest Management Association, demonstrates how you can inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs live and breed in the same spaces where people live and spend their time. Houses, apartments, hotels, schools, airports, hospitals, shopping centers, and dormitories are a few examples of typical hotbeds of bed bug activity. 

Bed bugs live indoors, so they are a pest that remains active throughout the year. You should regularly inspect areas of your home for hiding bed bugs, including cracks in walls, wooden furniture, spaces behind baseboards and wood trim, and seams in mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture. 

At any notice of or signs of bed bugs in your home, like a musty, sweet odor, dark streaks of blood on furniture, walls, and bedding, or piles of shed skins, immediately reach out for assistance. Call today to learn about effective bed bug control in Tucson!

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

For the most effective way to eliminate bed bugs from your Tucson home, contact the professionals at Conquistador Pest & Termite. Established in 1977, we have provided quality, trust-worthy pest control services for decades; we are a company you can trust with your pest control needs. 

Our bed bug control services always begin with a thorough inspection. Next, we will implement treatment, and after treatment, we will place bed bug covers on mattresses and box springs in your home and bed bug traps on the legs of all other furniture. Our professionals will then return routinely to check the traps to ensure the complete elimination of the infestation.

It is notoriously difficult to get rid of these bugs, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control services to address a suspected infestation. Your Conquistador technician has the training to do these inspections. The inspection service can be added to your regularly scheduled service program. Contact Conquistador Pest to help you with bug problems and other Tucson pest control services. We also provide termite control and weed control.

For more information about local pest control for bed bugs, please reach out today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

We want to arm you with some of our most helpful bed bug prevention tips. The following tips will help you to avoid a large-scale bed bug infestation from forming in your Tucson home. 

  • When traveling, always inspect your hotel room for bed bugs before bringing your luggage and other personal belongings inside.
  • Upon returning from travel, immediately wash and dry all clothing and clean and sanitize all luggage taken.
  • Remove as many areas of clutter from your home as possible.
  • Vacuum and clean rugs and upholstered furniture in your home on a regular basis.
  • Avoid purchasing used mattresses for your home.
  • Secondhand furniture, clothing, and like items should be thoroughly inspected for bed bugs and cleaned before bringing them inside. 

The most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to partner with a professional. Here at Conquistador Pest & Termite, we can implement the bed bug control services necessary to get these pests out of your Tucson home. 

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