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Adult bed bugs grow to be ¼ of an inch in length and have a flat oval body. They are amber to reddish brown in color, appearing redder after recently feeding. If bed bugs are present in high numbers there may be a sickly sweet odor in the air. Adults are wingless and cannot jump or fly. Nymphs that are just hatched are about the size of a pinhead and until they have had their first meal they are tannish white in color.
Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals, favoring humans. They often get into homes after hitchhiking their way in on luggage, purses, clothing, used furniture, and other items. Bed bugs can travel large distances by hitchhiking and are most often found in public places where there is a high turn-over of people. Hotels, motels, apartment buildings, airports, libraries, and movie theaters commonly harbor bed bugs. Bed bugs breed very quickly so even just one or two can quickly lead to a large infestation if they are not noticed and controlled.
Bed bugs are not particularly dangerous. They are more of a nuisance pest to have in your home. Even though they do bite and feed on our blood, they are not known to transmit any diseases. Some people have no reaction to the bites, while others may develop small red welts that are bunched together. If the bites are scratched and become infected medical attention may need to be sought. Having bed bugs in your home may cause you stress and lead to loss of sleep.
Bed bugs are very difficult to control and Do-It-Yourself bed bug treatments are not effective. The only way to completely eliminate bed bugs from your home is with the help of a professional. At Russell’s Pest Control we offer bed bug control services that are effective in killing bed bugs you see plus the nymphs and eggs. If you suspect that bed bugs have invaded your home or business, please contact us today.
It can be very difficult to prevent bed bugs because they can be picked up in so many different places, from low budget motels to 5-star resorts. There are however some steps that you can take, especially while traveling, to help prevent bed bugs from being introduced into your home. Bed bug prevention tips include:
Inspecting your hotel room for signs of bed bugs. These signs include small dots of blood on sheets, droppings on bedding, or live adults in the cracks or underneath of mattresses and box springs.
Storing your suitcase up off of the ground while staying at a hotel.
Keeping items you are not using in sealed plastic bags.
Washing all clothing in hot water after returning home from traveling and vacuum and wipe out your suitcase before storing it.
Inspecting and cleaning all used furniture before introducing it into your home. A better solution, don't bring used furniture or mattresses in at all.
Washing all new and second-hand clothing as soon as possible to eliminate and bed bugs that may be on them.