- Concerned you may have bed bugs?
- What are bed bugs?
- What do bed bugs look like?
- Where do bed bugs live?
- How can I identify bed bugs?
- Bed Bug Tip
- What are some of the habits of bed bugs?
- How can I get rid of bed bugs?
You can rely on Barrier Pest Services for bed bug treatment and extermination services for your home or business. We know bed bugs can be a problem throughout the year, and we can handle bed bug issues anytime and ensure a quick bed bug removal.
We recommend that you hire a professional pest control company at the earliest sign of bed bugs. Bed bugs can spread fast as a female bed bug can lay 200-500 eggs in their short lifetime, and usually 2-5 per day. This makes it vital to carry out bed bug removal as soon as possible.
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flattened brown to reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals and most often, humans. They get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep. Bed bugs live wherever people tend to gather, including homes, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation. While bedbugs aren’t known for transmitting disease or causing other serious medical risks, their bites can become red, itchy welts
Adults are about 6 mm or 1/4 inch long with a flattened, broad, oval shape with two antennae and six legs. Unfed adults can be a mahogany color while fed adults are longer, swollen and reddish-brown in color. Nymphs can range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm and are colorless to a yellowish-white. They do have piercing, straw-like mouth parts and short wings, but they cannot fly.
Where do bed bugs live?
Bed bugs live in dark, hidden locations like small cracks and crevices close to a human environment and behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices. They are also known to survive and travel on clothing, backpacks and under the seats in cars, buses, trains and other shelters.
Along with the physical characteristics listed above, bed bugs will give off an obnoxious, sweet odor like raspberries. They’ll also leave small spots of dried blood on bed sheets, clothing, furniture and walls after feeding.
Bed bugs are elusive, nocturnal insects, hiding during the daytime behind molding, mattress seams, bed frames, wallpaper and floor cracks. They’ll then come out at night to feed for 5-10 minutes on the blood of sleeping hosts. After feeding, they find a nice secluded place and hide for 5-10 days to digest their meal, mate and lay eggs.
Along with feeding, bed bugs like to travel and are very good hitchhikers. They will hide in boxes, suitcases or shoes to be near a food supply.
Knowing what species has infested your home is an important distinction when planning a control strategy. If you do identify bed bugs in your home, contact us. We can inspect your home, confirm the species and recommend a course of bed bug treatment. They can be difficult to exterminate without the need for professional help.
Eliminating bed bugs from the home is often difficult, partly because bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding.
The most important part of pest control is proper identification and inspection as bed bugs are often confused with other similar insects such as bat bugs (Cimex adjunctus Barber) or swallow bugs (Oeciacus vicarius)
While bed bugs can be a stubborn parasite to remove, deep cleaning with a vacuum of floor and carpet, mattresses, bed frames, furniture can help. After vacuuming, collection bags should be disposed of in a plastic bag, sealed and placed in outdoor trash receptacle.
After deep cleaning, an insecticide will be applied paying special attention to the bedding areas. For effective bedbug removal, several additional treatments may be necessary.