Bed Bugs

What do bed bugs look like?

The first step to effective bed bug control is to be sure you are experiencing an actual bed bug problem, rather than an infestation of a similar looking insect. The adult bed bug is approximately 1/5″ long, wingless, oval, flat and rusty-red or mahogany in color (They enlarge after feeding, reducing their flat-like appearance.) Four-segmented antennae are attached to the head between the bed bug’s prominent eyes. It is common for these pests to leave fecal matter on bed linens, mattresses and walls; the brownish-red staining is a tell-tale sign of a bed bug presence. If you suspect that you are experiencing a bed bug infestation, we recommend consulting with a pest control company that specializes in bed bug control. Contact us for pest control service.

How are bed bugs harmful?

Bed bugs predominately reside in rooms where people sleep. Their flat bodies make it easy for them to hide in mattresses, bed frames and couches during the day. At night, bed bugs feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, including people and their pets. Their feeding sessions require three to 10 minutes and usually go unnoticed by the victim. After feeding, the bite site will likely become inflamed and itch severely. Due to their covert behavior, most people are unaware they have bed bugs but will complain of itchy bites upon waking in the morning. It may be necessary to contact a physician if an allergic reaction persists; it is definitely advised to contact a bed bug control company if unidentified biting occurs.

What are some recommended bed bug prevention and control techniques?

It is common for bed bugs to enter a home by hiding in pillows, moving boxes, clothing, luggage and previously used furniture. Bed bugs infestations are often present in homes prior to moving in, or by “hitch hiking” by the above means. Inspect any used furniture, beds, bedding, etc. for signs of bed bugs before bringing them into your home; it is also a good idea to inspect a hotel room’s mattress for signs of bedbug harborage before unpacking. Contact a pest control company as soon as you notice signs of bed bugs. When devising a strategy, a bed bug control company should be very thorough in treating this pest while limiting the quantity of insecticides used. Contact us today to learn about our green approach to bed bug control.