While no one likes to think their home has bugs, not every type of insect is harmful. In fact, many types of pests are misidentified out of fear. Small black bugs often fall into this category, being mistaken for the dreaded bed bug. It helps to know exactly what type of infestation you have and how treatment can vary among different species.
Bed bugs get a lot of press because the most common type feeds on human blood. Despite their nasty feeding habits, bed bugs rarely transmit diseases to humans. Although the bites don't initially cause symptoms, a welt will develop over a period of days. Possessing flat, oval bodies, bed bugs are brownish black in color. They are capable of absorbing moisture directly through the air. Since they are nocturnal, their presence can be difficult to uncover.
Fleas are another type of small black bugs that you may find in your home. While there are many different varieties, all of them will feed on humans if another food source is lacking. Fleas are easier to detect than other small black bugs, but difficult to eradicate. The eggs are resistant to chemicals, so multiple treatments are required. In addition to treating your home, pets will need some type of residual protection.
Carpet Beetles are also a common household pest. While their presence is unsightly, these small black bugs are generally harmless. Preferring to feed on carpet fibers and clothing, they have also been known to infest pantry items. Carpet Beetles are approximately 1/8 of an inch long and shiny. While small populations don't cause many problems, a large infestation can become a nuisance.
A variety of over the counter treatments are available, but many of them simply don't work. Chemicals packaged for homeowner use tend to be weaker than professional strength products. A good working knowledge of the different types of small black bugs is needed in order to know how to properly eradicate them.
All small black bugs have different life stages. An insect's susceptibility to treatment differs during each stage. For example, a home fogger may kill the majority of the fleas in your home, but 7 days later the eggs will hatch and you will have a new population to deal with. Larvae can be so well concealed that sprays and foggers are unable to penetrate their hiding places.
It is best to call a professional pest control expert that can address correct treatment and prevention options. Not only will you get a faster kill rate, but they are knowledgeable about where your small black bugs are nesting and can target problem areas within your home. Follow up with any recommended treatment and bugs in your home will be a thing of the past.