Characteristics of Bed Bugs
These tiny pests have a taste for human blood that draws them into dwellings such as homes, apartments, and hotels.
Fortunately, the risk of illness and disease from bed bugs to humans is minimal. Simple skin irritations appear to be the worst they can inflict on people, even when they draw blood. Yet that doesn’t mean an infestation should be taken lightly. If you encounter a number of what appear to be bed bugs, it’s helpful to know exactly what you’re seeing.
Bed bugs are not known to travel large distances on their own. However, they will attach themselves to movable objects such as bedding, boxes, clothing, and furniture. Besides residences, bed bugs are known to inhabit a variety of interior settings like offices, stores, hotels, and gyms.
- About 3/16 – ¼ inch long (nearly the size of an apple seed)
- Brown coloration with a flat, oval body (unfed); balloon-like and longer after feeding
- Found throughout the U.S.
- Mainly active at night – but will seek a host during daytime, if hungry
- Produces a musty, yet sweet, odor — especially when found in large groups
- Prefers to feed on the blood of humans
- Susceptible to temperature extremes; will die when heat reaches 113 degrees
Most bed bugs are found within eight feet of a place where a human is resting. But as their population grows, so does their footprint in your home. That’s why it’s important to check the following areas:
- Mattresses, box springs, and bedding
- In curtains and behind peeling wallpaper
- Under carpet
- Cracks in furniture and in hardwood floors
- Piles of clothing
With your flashlight and credit card, search and probe crevices to check for bed bugs. If you see these pests moving, capture them with adhesive tape. Wipe the area with soapy water to clean away any dead bed bugs, droppings, eggs, and shed skins. Also consider vacuuming the area for an even deeper cleaning.
If you have one or more rooms with substantial clutter or items strewn about, you’re providing bed bugs with a haven. The simple act of reducing clutter deprives these pests of breeding areas. But if you can see bed bugs, black or brown stains that indicate droppings, or if you experience bites, you’re likely dealing with an infestation.
What To Do If You Have A Bed Bug Infestation
Bed Bugs are difficult to control, it is best to leave this to the pros.
An expert pest control company can help you rid your home of bed bugs once and for all, and they are trained in the use of insecticides, repellents, sprays, heat, and other methods. They can also offer you specific tips that will help you keep your home bed bug free now and in the future.
Bed bugs are more a nuisance to you and your family than anything else. They’re nevertheless some of the most unwelcome guests you can have in your home. Call on the bed bug professionals at Beebe’s Pest & Termite Control.
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