Bed Bugs

An Invisible Menace

Bed bugs are widely reviled for their tendency to emerge at night and leave behind itchy welts as they feast on blood. These pests are notoriously difficult to identify and even harder to get rid of. Learn how to spot the early signs of bed bugs from the team at Dodson Pest Control and explore treatment options to address an infestation for good.

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Bed Bug FAQs

What do bed bugs look like?

Adult bed bugs are oval-shaped, flat, rusty-red colored insects about 1/4 of an inch long. Immature bed bugs are smaller and lighter in color.

Do bed bugs fly or jump?

No, bed bugs cannot fly or jump. They can only crawl.

How do bed bugs spread?

Bed bugs spread by crawling and can be carried in on luggage, furniture, clothing, and other belongings. They can travel between rooms and apartments.

Where are bed bugs typically found?

Bed bugs are often found in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, cracks/crevices, behind wallpaper, and in clutter.

What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

Signs include rusty-colored stains on bedding, dark spots (bed bug excrement), eggs/eggshells, pale shed skins, musty odors, and the bugs themselves.

Do bed bugs transmit diseases?

No, bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases, but their bites can be uncomfortable, causing itchy welts, rashes, allergic symptoms, and loss of sleep.

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

Getting rid of bed bugs typically requires integrated pest management by a professional exterminator, including heat treatment, vacuuming, sealing cracks/crevices, and possibly pesticide application.

How do you prevent bed bug infestations?

Reduce clutter, vacuum frequently, seal cracks/crevices, inspect secondhand items, and be cautious when traveling to avoid bringing bed bugs home.

How long can bed bugs live without feeding?

Bed bugs can survive for several months without a blood meal, allowing infestations to persist even after homes are vacant for a short period.

What do bed bug bites look like?

Bed bug bites appear as raised, reddish bumps in a line or cluster, often with a darker red center. Bites may not show up for days and can cause severe itching.

Can bed bugs live in cold conditions?

Bed bugs can survive in temperatures as low as 46°F, but they become inactive below 55°F and cannot reproduce below 59°F, slowing but not eliminating infestations.