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Bed Bugs

bed bugs
Color: Mahogany to red-brown
Shape: Flat, broad oval when unfed; swollen and elongated when fed
Size: 1/4 inch long
Region: Found throughout the U.S. and the world
Habits

Being excellent hitchhikers, bed bugs hide in purses, luggage and other personal belongings in an effort to find a human food supply. Bed bugs can also hide nearly anywhere inside a car, bus, home, etc. that you can think of and in many places you would not expect.

Threats

While not being known to transmit diseases, bed bug bites can become red, itchy welts. Those with infestations may experience sleeplessness, anxiety and social isolation.

Prevention

Inspect bedding for shed bed bug skins and change your bed linens often. Before settling into hotel rooms, inspect the bed and furniture. Set your luggage away from walls and furniture. Examine any secondhand furniture or clothing before bringing it home. When returning home from traveling, inspect your suitcase and store any clothes in a sealed plastic bag until they can be washed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What do bed bugs look like?

Adult bed bugs are typically 4 to 5 millimeters long and 1.5 to 3 millimeters wide. They are usually about the size and shape of an apple seed with a small head and an oval-shaped body. Bed bug nymphs are cream colored and around 1 millimeter long, which is approximately the size of the letters on a penny. Bed bug eggs are pearl white in color and marked by an eye spot if more than five days old. The eggs are very tiny— roughly the size of a pinhead.

 

What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

Common signs of bed bugs include:

  • Unexplained bites
  • Small brown fecal spots on bedding and mattresses
  • Small blood smears on sheets
  • Molted bug skins
  • Bug carcasses

Bed bug eggs may be found in the seams and folds of a mattress and box spring, behind headboards, and even along baseboards.

 

Where are bed bugs commonly found?

Bed bugs are found where people tend to rest or sleep. Most often, they are found in the bedroom. Around 70% of any bed bug infestation can be found in and around a bed. Additionally, bed bugs have been found in baseboards, picture frames, night stands, and cracks in a wall. The second most common place to find bed bugs is in upholstered furniture.

 

Why are bed bugs becoming more common?

When modern pesticides were introduced after World War II, bed bugs were nearly eradicated in the United States. However, since the late 1990s, bed bug. infestations have been on the rise across the country though the cause remains unknown. Some experts have suggested that the increase in international travel is partially to blame.

 

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bug removal is not a Do-It-Yourself job because bed bugs are resistant to many pesticides and treatments. Effectively removing them requires a professional technician who has been trained in the identification and treatment of bed bugs. At Dodson Pest Control, we will analyze your bed bug situation, exterminate the pests, and offer helpful precautions for preventing future outbreaks.

 

How can I successfully avoid bed bugs?

When traveling, you want to avoid bringing bugs back into your house upon returning. Here are some tips for preventing an infestation:

  • When booking a hotel, check the online reviews first.
  • When you first arrive at a hotel, inspect along the seams of the mattress for any signs of bed bug activity; a bright flashlight will help with your inspection.
  • Store your suitcase on a luggage rack rather than under the bed or on the floor.
  • Hang clothes when possible and avoid using dresser drawers.
  • Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully. Simply washing clothing will generally not kill bed bugs, but time in a dryer at high temperatures does kill bed bugs.

 

Do bed bugs spread disease?

Bed bugs are not considered a medical or public health hazard. Many people equate bed bugs with unsanitary conditions, but the reality is that even world-class hotels have suffered infestations. While bed bugs are not disease-carrying pests, some people have been known to be allergic to their bites. Signs of an allergic reaction to bed bugs include enlarged bug bites and painful swelling around the bitten area. High stress levels may make your body more likely to react to a bite.

 

Do bed bugs jump?

Bed bugs cannot jump; but they can move very quickly  on their six tiny legs. Bed bugs are mainly transported by humans and their belongings.

 

Do bed bugs fly?

Bed bugs do not have wings and therefore cannot fly.