Bed Bugs

Appearance: Oval shaped and reddish brown in color
Size: Approximately ¼ inch
Infestation Locations: Bed bugs are parasites however they are only in contact with their hosts only while feeding. Most of the time, they hide in a place close to where they can find a known host. These placing include blankets, toys, electrical outlets, dressers, clothes, and of course beds.
Risks: Skin rashes, painful bites, and allergic symptoms.

About

Bed bugs are hard to find and are nocturnal. When not feeding on their host they tend to hide in a group in a place called an aggregate. They prefer to feed on human hosts a night. Then follow chemical trails back to their aggregate hiding place. Hiding places vary and can include, luggage, inside vehicles, bedside clutter, inside electrical sockets, insides false ceilings, sometimes pets, and of course beds.

For a time, it was thought we had nearly eradicated beg bugs in the developed world. However, since the 1980’s bed bug infestations are on the rise. There are many ways a dwelling can become infested including: bugs and eggs accidentally brought in from and infested area on a visiting persons clothes or luggage, infested luggage, infested items (furniture, clothing backpacks etc.), and bugs traveling in search of a host from nearby infested buildings. Pets usually do not transport bed bugs. Bed bugs usually do not feed on pets nor do they travel in their fur.

Control

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find. Often the only indicator of an infestation is rows of three bite marks on the host. However, it may be possible to find molted exoskeletons, and fecal spots. If you suspect you’re being preyed upon by bed bugs please contact us we will be happy to discuss our control options with you.