What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are flat, oval-shaped, and resemble an apple seed in appearance. They are typically a reddish-brown color and are only about ¼ of an inch in size. Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans by waiting in areas that are frequently used by humans, hitching a ride into their homes, and then biting them when they are sleeping. Bed bugs go through three stages of life which include the egg, nymph, and adult stages. Bed bugs are unable to fly or jump, but instead invade by hitching rides on clothing, personal belongings, or luggage in order to get a suitable blood meal. Female bed bugs can lay up to 200 eggs within their lifespan, making them incredibly resilient and difficult-to-eliminate pests.
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
The short answer to this question is, yes, bed bugs are a threat. They aren’t dangerous in terms of fatally harming anyone, but they are dangerous in the sense that once you have them, they will continue to spread on your property and possibly be introduced to new properties to grow and spread there as well. Bed bug bites have been known to cause allergic reactions in some people, though their bites generally result in only minor swelling and irritation at the site of the bite. Bed bugs are nocturnal pests, typically feeding at night when there is minimal movement and activity. However, they are sometimes active during the day as well.
Why Do I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are attracted to warmth, moisture, and the carbon dioxide that is exhaled from warm-blooded hosts. However, bed bugs do not seek to enter our homes from outside on their own. Instead, bed bug infestations are brought to your home or business after you have visited an area or location where bed bugs were already present. If you set your bags down in public areas, stay at a hotel, and travel to and from the homes of friends and family, you could potentially pick up bed bugs and carry them home with you. Additionally, purchasing used furniture or clothing can sometimes bring bed bugs into your home or workplace if these used items are not carefully inspected.
How Can I Prevent Bed Bugs?
The way bed bugs get onto our properties is by hitchhiking from places that were already infested with bed bugs by clinging to our personal belongings. The best way to prevent bed bugs before they get inside is to be mindful of the locations you are in, to avoid setting your bags or other belongings on the floor of public places, and to inspect all used furniture or any bags that might have come into contact with an area infested by bed bugs for any signs of bed bug eggs or live adult bed bugs. However, the best way to prevent bed bugs from invading your property is to get help from a team of licensed pest technicians, like the highly-trained pest control experts here at Insect IQ!
How Insect IQ Can Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
If you're dealing with bed bugs on your property, the best thing you can do is to reach out to a pest control professional for assistance! Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, but at Insect IQ, our team has the tools and experience needed to properly deal with any bed bug infestation. Providing quality pest control solutions is what we do!
To solve bed bug problems, our pest control experts will come perform a thorough inspection of your property to detect bed bug activity and then create a plan to address your specific situation and resolve your problem. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services that include bed bug control, reach out to us today!