If you buy clothes at a garage sale, or sit in a movie theater, or go to school or church, you may find yourself a few weeks later waking up with strange bites and itches all over your body.
Bed bugs have invaded Muskogee in a big way.
“It’s like something out of the Bible,” Joseph Neves of Patriot Pest Control said. “I have never seen anything like it.”
Neves said he has had to treat some houses three or four times, simply because the bugs can hitchhike back into the residence after it has been treated if residents aren’t careful.
“One family got treated, but the wife had taken a book with her while we were treating the house,” he said. “A few weeks later, they were infested again.”
The house, he said, was in a nice neighborhood and was well-kept. Bed bugs do not discriminate.
“I’ve personally treated houses that were clean enough to eat off the floor,” CB Abel of Vanish Pest Control said. “Bed bugs do not care if you are clean or dirty.”
Bed bugs don’t need a mattress to sneak into your home. They can hide out in any space big enough for them.
“If there is a space as thick as a dime, they can get into it,” Neves said. “They’re sneaky.”
That means even something as innocuous as sitting in church can provide an opportunity for bed bugs to invade your home, Abel and Neves both said. That doesn’t mean stop going to church or the movies. It means, be aware of what may be hitching a ride in your clothing, Abel said.
“Use Off type repellants, and spray your clothing with isopropyl alcohol to kill any bed bugs,” he said. “Have an area not in a bedroom for your kids to leave their backpacks from school. I have personally found a bedbug on my kid’s backpack after he came home from school. That doesn’t mean the school is infested, just someone brought one from home.”
Change and wash your clothing whenever you come home from a place where people congregate, Abel and Neves said. Detecting an infestation can be difficult, and treating one isn’t something you can do yourself. If you wake up with unexplained bites in the morning, especially several in the same area, where your body touches the bed, contact a pest control professional to take a look. Most will not charge for a consultation.
“Learn what bed bugs look like,” Neves said. “If you see one, you need to call.”
Some other tips:
- Never buy used mattresses or bed frames
- Wash all used clothing before you bring it into your house
- Suspect and inspect any used furniture, no matter where it comes from, before you bring it into your home. Have it treated first.
“Bed bugs don’t care whether you’re rich or poor, clean or dirty,” Abel said. If you’re going to rent a place, have it checked by a pest inspector first.”
Bed bugs are in Muskogee in a big way, but they don’t have to infest your home.
You can reach Neves at (918) 351-5200 or Abel at (918) 348-2363.