Bed Bugs are small, reddish/brownish, flat-like insects that feed solely on the blood of animals. Although the common bed bug [Cimex lectularius] prefers feeding on humans, it will also bite other warm-blooded animals, including dogs, cats, birds and rodents as well.
Mature bed bugs are around 3/16″ in size – long with a reddish-brown tint and an oval-shaped, flattened body. They are a lot of times mistaken for ticks, cockroaches, carpet beetles or other household insects. The immature bed bugs [referred to as nymphs] resemble the adults, but are smaller and lighter in color.
Bed bugs however do not fly nor do they don’t jump like fleas ― but they can crawl rapidly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces.
Adult females lay their eggs in secluded places, depositing several or more eggs per day, potentially hundreds during their lifespan. These eggs are very tiny (about the size of a dust spec), whitish and hard to see without magnification, especially if you do not know what your looking for. More importantly on light-colored surfaces.
When first laid, the eggs are sticky, causing them to adhere to surfaces. While at room temperatures, bed bug eggs hatch in about a week. Newly emerged nymphs are straw-colored and no bigger than a pinhead.
What Does A Bed Bug Look Like?
HOW TO IDENTIFY A BED BUG:
In order to prevent bed bug infestations, it is important to gain a better understanding of what bed bugs are.
Here are some facts to help you better identify bed bugs:
WHERE TO LOOK FOR BED BUGS:
Naturally, they are called bed bugs because they are usually known for making themselves at home in your bedrooms in areas such as their mattresses, bed frames, head frames, and even invading other places throughout your home.
BED BUG BEHAVIORS & WARNING SIGNS:
Not only do bed bugs tend to reside in your mattresses, but they also tend to only feed at night. They like to feed at night because that is when people are usually lying completely still. If any of your skin is showing when you go to sleep, it can make you vulnerable to bed bugs. That is why it is important to take note of where you are being bitten throughout your body. If you notice the bites are showing up on an area of skin that is usually not covered by clothing when you are sleeping, it might be a good idea to seek out a professional bed bug company to receive a bed bug evaluation.
Another warning sign that bed bugs might be present on your mattress would be if you notice any reddish stains or blotches on your sheets. These stains or smears usually show up because bed bugs congregate in one spot of a person’s mattress. This is an easy indicator to look for if you believe you have a bed bug infestation. The reddish stains could also mean that you might have smashed some of the bed bugs while you were sleeping. It is important to keep an eye out for any of these bed bug warning signs to prevent any further infestation to your home.
BED BUG PREVENTION:
Always remember, if you believe that you might have found bed bugs or in threat in your home from using the information above, it is important to get it taken care of right away before the infestation can spread any further. Our team is always ready to take on any bed bug challenges that come our way with our environmentally friendly heat & steam treatment. If you need a professional’s opinion feel free to contact us and give us a call at 571-465-0140.