Bed bugs are very small insects that feed on warm-blooded animals. They are small, flat, and oval-shaped in appearance. They're reddish brown in color, from the blood they ingest. They are also known as Red Coats, Chinches, and Mahogany Flats - but don't get them confused with dust mites. Unlike Dust mites, who feed on dry & dead skin, bed bugs feast on human blood.
Think about this ugly thing when you crawl into bed at night!
Bed bugs are nocturnal, meaning they will feed on you at night. When they bite you, you won't feel it because their mouths are so small. It usually takes them around 10 minutes to feed. Bed Bug bites have a long incubation period as well, sometimes even taking up to a week or more to appear after you've been bitten.
The bites resemble that of flea bites. This is why it is very difficult to tell whether or not you have bed bugs or fleas, or possibly even mosquitoes.
Here are some Bed Bug Symptoms:
Because these kinds of bites are so hard to tell apart, most of the time a Doctor can't even tell the difference by just looking at them. Bed bugs have a very distinct bite pattern, so look for bites in rows/lines of 3 to 5.
Bed bugs like the exposed areas of the skin, this is why most bed bug bites occur around the ankles, legs, and feet. These bites may take a week or two to go away - this can be quite irritating.
What can be worse is if you have not taken care of the problem, and the infestation spreads, you will be in dire straights. Get rid of the problem or you will only continue to get bit.
Bites from bed bugs resemble other insects bites, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the area. Look for a raised rash area of multiple bites.
Note when the bite takes place. For example, write down whether you noticed the bite after a family outing or after you woke up in the morning. You will need to take into effect that every person's reaction time will be different - so it can take an hour for bed bug symptoms to manifest themselves, or it could take 10 days.
My lawyers say this is the first thing you should do:
Bed bugs are tiny and very sneaky, so remember that in infestation can happen to just about anyone. It may even take a while for you to even notice they've set up shop!
They can cause physical, as well as emotional pain. Some people can even have allergic reactions to bed bug bites. If you or your loved ones have an allergic reaction, go see your doctor immediately.
There are also those folks out there that won't have any reaction to being bit. Make sure you realize that just because you don't itch or feel any sort of discomfort that there isn't a problem. They will keep feeding on you until there is nothing left.
Remember to keep and eye out for the tell-tale signs of an infestation. Watch for clues that bed bugs are in your home or on your luggage. Watch where you go and where you sleep when you are traveling. Take care of yourself if you have bed bug bites.
We will come over and inspect your home or property. We check all areas of your home for possible infestations or areas that may be at risk. We then discuss with you, the homeowner, what the process moving forward should be. Together we will develop a treatment plan.
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Because they are small and flat, they have the ability to hide in unique places. The most common place they can be found is in your bed, thus why they are called Bed Bugs. They can also be found in floor cracks, under carpets, behind baseboards and loose wallpaper.
Their ability to hide can make them very hard to detect. One characteristic of Bed Bugs is that they like to bunch together in high feeding zones and this can cause them to have a very bad smell. They can live for up to 12 months in your home and mature in as little as 1 month. This can make bed bug removal difficult due to how quickly they can reproduce.
Bed bugs are so small that not everyone who has a bed bug bite will react the same, sometimes you may not even know it. However, most people who get bit report the bites as being itchy and irritable. They may even cause severe allergic reactions in some people.
Understand that bed bugs have been around for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years. They are found throughout the world and come in a range of different types and species.
They have become very adaptable to human environments and find their way around the globe via human, and other animal, travelers. You may be transporting them in your luggage and not even know it!
You can pick up a hitchhiking bed bug just about anywhere there are humans. Bed bugs have the ability to spread using unknowing people to help transport them. They are trained in hiding in those dark places within your luggage or carry-on and even yourself as well.
The key thing to remember if you do pick up bed bugs, once they are indoors - as in your home - they are very difficult to control and can spread like wildfire.
Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you lower your risk of becoming a bed bug transporter:
Obviously, there is no way to make absolutely sure you won't pick up any travelers, but you can minimize your risk by following these steps.
If you find that you have picked up some new guests, give us a call and we can remove them before they spread.
Bed bugs can hide in just about any part of your home. They are usually found in those dark comfy places like your bed or couch. These are the places that we start looking when doing an inspection.
When searching for these pests here are some of the signs we look for:
These signs alone may not be indicative of bed bugs, so if you think you have a problem give us a call before it turns into and infestation.
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs infestations don't have to do with how clean you or your home is. It's so easy to pick them up and bring them into your home, you could find them in the Pope's Villa or the White House.
It is the opposite of easy, though when trying to get rid of bed bugs. That is why your best case scenario is to find them early.
Remember that they are small, quick, and adaptable, but there are some things you can do:
When it might be important to call us: Just moved, had guests over for the weekend or holiday, had a service call, these are all very opportune times for bed bugs to enter your home.
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