Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Statistics

Scientific Name: Cimex lectularius
Size
1/32" - 1/4"
Color
Mahogany or Reddish-Brown
Legs
6
Region
Throughout the United States
Shape
Flat, Broad, & Oval

What are Bed Bugs?

You probably have a good idea of how bed bugs got their name. They are notorious for their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. However, they are found in nearly every place where people gather, including homes, hotels, schools, offices, stores, and even on public transportation vehicles.

Bed bugs are effective travelers. They can hide in suitcases or clothing, so long as they're near a food supply. Elusive and nocturnal, like house crickets, they can hide behind baseboards and in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds and other bedding. They are commonly found in mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs can be found in a variety of hiding places. However, they normally only come out at night for a blood meal. That being said, they have been known to be out and about during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas.

Bed bugs are also known to survive in temporary or alternative habitats, such as backpacks and under the seats in cars, buses, or trains.

Are they harmful?

Bed bugs prefer to feed on humans, even though they can feed on almost any warm-blooded animal. They do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.

They usually require 5-10 minutes to fill up on blood. Once finished feeding, they usually move back to their hiding place and hide for 5-10 days. During which time they digest their meal, mate, and even lay eggs.

How can you treat them?

There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent a bed bug infestation from occurring at your home or office.

  • Check sheets for blood spots
  • Bring a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections
  • Consider bringing a large plastic bag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays
  • Vacuum and clean out your suitcases after returning from a vacation
  • Always thoroughly examine and clean second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, before bringing them into your home. You may even consider having a pest control professional inspect the furniture as it can be difficult to detect an infestation.
  • Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.

If you are currently dealing with a bed bug infestation, BioShield can help. We will provide you with a free home inspection from our team of local professionals, and our available green products are healthy for the environment but effectively treat pests. Contact us for a consultation today.

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