How to Identify Bed Bugs
Beg bugs are oval and flat in shape with a reddish-brown color. They measure 4 to 5 mm or approximately the size of an apple seed. They become swollen and reddish after feeding. For more information, see What do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Behavior, Diet & Habits
The only source of nutrition for bed bugs is the blood. They can live as long as a year without food in a cool condition. They are mostly more active at night when everyone is fast asleep.
Bed bugs usually inhabit furniture, crevices, cracks, sheets, picture frames, electrical outlet plates and behind baseboards. They can also be found in hotels, visitors’ luggage or any other places conducive for them.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
- Seeing the bugs. The shape and the size of a mature bed bug are similar to an apple seed.
- Case skins. The younger ones shed their skin as they grow, indicating their presence where ever it is found.
- This insect goes back to its hideout after feeding and its feces looks brownish on a porous surface or brownish black on a nonporous surface.
- This as well indicate the presence of the insect, but to be really sure of their presence better signs need to be gotten since they are the only cause of red marks on the body.
How do you get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs can get attached to you just anywhere such as gyms for starters, stores, offices and hotels. They can stay perfectly hidden in luggage your personal belongings or you as well. A professional pest specialist would be needed to get rid of the insect once it gets into the house. You can prevent bed bug infestation if you discover them early.
- Inspect your house after service calls, mowing, overnight guest or trips.
- Finding the bed bug would be easier if clutters are taken out.
- Apply the hottest temperature allowed on your bed linens after washing.
- Inspect the second-hand furniture you purchase before taking it in.
How serious are Bed Bugs?
The mature female can lay as much as five eggs per day and 200 to 500 in her life time. They can live for up to 300 days under a cool temperature and good food supply.
Bed Bugs and Disease
They have not been known to transfer any disease to humans although they might carry diseases in them.
Bed Bud Bites
Bed buds solely depend on blood for nutrition and their bite causes a different reaction in people. See Bed Bug Bites to learn more about identification, symptom and so on.