With bed bug infestations and fears sweeping the nation, homeowners are looking for ways to tell if they have bed bugs and, if they do, are searching for safe ways to get rid of the problem. While no treatment is absolutely foolproof, certain treatments, such as steam cleaning, are highly effective at ridding a home of the pests when used by a licensed commercial provider.
Bed bugs are tiny, microscopic pests that can cause a big problem in a home. It is possible to tell bed bugs are in a home by looking first in two places: the body and the sheets. On bedsheets, bed bugs will show their presence by leaving behind what appears to be a tiny blood splatter, or blood smears. This marking is the feces left behind by bed bugs and is a telltale sign that they are present in a home. A second way to know if a home has the bugs is to look at areas of the body without any hair for small red bite marks. Some marks will swell and others will not, but they will be present on hairless areas since the bugs do not like hair.
Once the signs of bed bugs are found, it is time to seek treatment. Options for treatments at home are viable, but none are as effective as anything performed by a professional. A home- and environmentally-friendly treatment option is steam cleaning.