What are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs are small, brownish, wingless insects with six legs that, like mosquitos, feed on blood from humans or animals. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies, and at maturity are about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs do not fly, but can move quickly about floors, walls, and ceilings.
Where do Bed Bugs Hide? Bed bugs are hitch hikers and may enter your home undetected through luggage, book bags, clothing, used beds and furniture, and other items. With bodies only about the width of a credit card, this pest is able to fit into tiny spaces. Bed bugs do not live in nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in small groups in dark hiding places. Typical hiding places (at least initially) are in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards– all locations giving the bugs easy access to their “host” (people) in the night.
When do Bed Bugs Bite? Bed bugs are nocturnal insects – they are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. Bed bugs can obtain their meal in as little as three minutes, and can exist months, even a year, without feeding. Bed bugs inject a numbing agent into your body, along with an anticoagulant to keep your blood flowing as they suck. Bed bug bites may initially present as itchy red bites on the skin, but may later turn into itchy welts; the bites are often in straight rows. The presentation of a bite varies greatly from person to person. The best way to confirm a bed bug bite is by collecting a sample of a bug or with our professional K9 Bed Bug Detection team.
Where Can Bed Bugs Be Found? Basically anywhere there are people – these bugs don’t discriminate. Locations with high turnover of guests such as hotels, dorms, public places and public transportation. Other ways to pick up bed bugs is buying or acquiring used furniture, bedding, or clothing that may be infested, and don’t forget visitors that may unintentionally bring them into your home. Self-treating is not recommended due to failure even after repeated attempts. The most effective and efficient treatment is with a professional licensed pest control company experienced and trained in “heat” eradication. Action Pest Exterminating has been serving the Charlotte and Surrounding areas for over 33 years. Our Bed Bug “Heat” Technicians are certified and experienced. Stop the bites and get back to your normal life with our one-day treatment plan.
Beating Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs can be picked up most anywhere – remember they are “hitch hikers” – knowing where you may have come in contact with these bugs is critical to prevent re-infesting after treatment. Understand that you can spread the infestation just as easy as it was for you to pick them up. Home treatments rarely work and females can lay 2-5 eggs per day causing rapid growth of the infestation. As the invasion is allowed to develop they will spread from room to room. Early detection and remediation is important in reducing the spread and sharing of this pest. Action Pest Exterminating’s heat treatment plan can get you back to your normal life in as soon as one day.