What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that depend on the blood of humans or animals to survive. Unfortunately for us, bed bugs seem to prefer the blood of humans over that of other animals. These pests are commonly found invading homes and businesses and are making a comeback here in the United States.
Bed bugs are flat, oval insects that resemble an apple seed in size and coloring. Unlike many other pests that infest homes and businesses, bed bugs are only able to travel from place to place with your help or the help of someone you know. Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests, which means they won’t be entering your home through cracks in your exterior walls or through your foundation the way many other pests would. Bed bug eggs are the size of a pinhead and are typically tannish-white in color.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Other than causing minor skin irritation and a lot of frustration, bed bugs are not known to cause any real threats to properties or humans. However, just because bed bugs may not be able to harm you with more than itchy, red bite marks don’t mean you want them on your property. The itchy red bites bed bugs leave after feeding can become irritated and infected if scratched excessively. Bed bugs are capable of laying up to 500 eggs during their life cycle. This means that only two or three-bed bugs to start with can multiply to over a thousand within a short time period. Once a bed bug infestation grows this large, it becomes impossible to handle alone.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
The only way bed bugs will ever enter your property is if you or someone you know happens to bring one into your home. Bed bugs travel from existing infested locations to new locations by crawling onto clothing, bags, or personal belongings, and hitching a ride into your home or business. Traveling increases your risk of bringing home bed bugs because public spaces such as airports, hotels, and public transportation have a higher likelihood of being infested with these pests. After all, more people are traveling back and forth through those areas, often bringing bed bugs with them if they have an infestation in their home.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Most bed bugs prefer to live within range of a proper blood meal at any given moment, but they are capable of surviving for days, or even weeks, without feeding. Areas where you may be more likely to find bed bugs in your home include in your bedsheets, in the couch cushions, under piles of clothing, and in blankets. However, bed bugs are experts at hiding. They are sometimes found behind wallpaper, under flooring, embedded in carpets, and inside electrical outlets.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Bed bugs are some of the most difficult pests to get rid of. These small pesticide-resistant insects infest properties quickly, becoming a problem before you even realize they are there. When it comes to keeping bed bugs off your property, professional bed bug control is your best option. It’s Bugs Or Us® provides comprehensive pest control plans for pests of all sorts, including bed bugs. Our team of bed bug specialists will walk you through our inspection and treatment plans to make sure your home gets just exactly what it needs. Let the pest technicians here at It’s Bugs Or Us® handle your pest infestation, so you don’t have to!
It’s easy to miss bed bugs when you have other things on your mind, but one of the best ways to make sure your home doesn’t become infested is to find and inspect the most common ways they invade. To avoid bringing bed bugs onto your property by mistake, consider the following preventative methods:
- When buying used furniture, inspect each item thoroughly before bringing it into your home.
- Don’t set your personal items, luggage, or belongings on the floor of public spaces.
- Always inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bugs (blood spots on sheets, tiny white eggs, dead bed bugs).
- When traveling, consider placing any extra clothing in plastic bags.
- If you see signs of bed bugs on your clothing or bags, put those items in your washer and dryer on the highest heat setting.
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