What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep. These pests have been a nuisance to homeowners and travelers for centuries, but they’re making a resurgence these days as travel becomes more frequent again. Additionally, their tiny size makes them difficult to see, which means they may live and reproduce for a while before a homeowner is aware of them.
Characteristics of Bed Bugs:
- Size: Bed bugs are small, typically about the size of an apple seed.
- Color: They are reddish-brown, but their color can vary.
- Shape: Oval, flat bodies with a distinct segmented appearance.
- Nocturnal: Bed bugs are primarily active at night, making it challenging to spot them during the day.
How To Spot and Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are incredibly adaptable and can thrive in various environments. They tend to hide in cracks and crevices near sleeping areas, such as mattresses, headboards, and even luggage. They can infest homes, hotels, and other places where people sleep. Since they can be so difficult to see, or to catch “in action,” often the simplest way to diagnose a bed bug infestation is by identifying the bumps and bites they leave behind on their hosts.
Bed bugs feed on blood, and their bites can cause itching and discomfort. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide and body heat that humans emit, making beds an ideal feeding ground. While the bites are harmless, some people experience an allergic reaction which can exacerbate the discomfort.
Signs of Bed Bug Infestation
- Red, itchy welts on skin.
- Small bloodstains on bedsheets.
- Tiny, dark excrement spots on mattresses and furniture.
Bed Bug Prevention
There are some steps you can take to try to safeguard yourself and your family against bed bug infestations.
- Regularly inspect and clean sleeping areas.
- Use mattress encasements to prevent infestations.
- Be cautious when traveling and inspect hotel rooms.
- Avoid second-hand furniture without a careful examination.
Dealing with a Bed Bug Infestation
If you suspect a bed bug infestation, it’s essential to act promptly. Professional extermination is often required to fully eradicate these pests. Additionally, thorough cleaning and removal of infested items may be necessary.
Hiring a professional exterminator like Home Run Pest means that you’re doing all you can to rid your home of the bed bug infestation. Our professional technicians are skilled in identifying infested locations (even the ones you may not think of), and eradicating them in a thorough and safe manner. Plus, unlike DIY bed bug treatments, our services are guaranteed. Bed bug infestations are notoriously difficult for homeowners to treat on their own; Home Run Pest will stand by our work until the bugs are gone.
Bed bugs can be a persistent and troublesome issue, but with vigilance, prevention, and professional assistance, you can keep your living spaces free from these unwelcome guests. If you suspect a bed bug problem, don’t hesitate to CONTACT US, to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.