What Do Bed Bugs Look Like? What Does A Bed Bug Look Like?
- A Bed Bug in the earlier stages can almost look clear or cream. As it gets older, it looks more reddish-brown colored.
- The body is an oval shape (shape and size similar to an apple seed).
- Not only are they very small, they can be flat. This allows them to be very good at hiding as they can fit into very small cracks and crevasses.
What Are Bed Bug Signs?
- Cast/shed of bed bug skin, exoskeleton, or shells
- Blood spots on sheets or pajamas
- Fecal stains (dark black areas) on wood surfaces or mattress/box spring or bedding
- Bed bug bites will generally be in groups of three, they are generally not a single bite
(Bites may or may not be a sign that you have bed bugs; fleas and mosquitoes have similar looking bites and can easily be mistaken for bed bug bites)
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
- Everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites
- Some people do not even know they are being bitten by bed bugs and have no reaction to them at all
- Some people have a significant reaction that causes a huge blister like area
- Most people have a small raised red spot that looks similar to a flea or mosquito bite
- Bed bug bites will generally be in groups of three, they are generally not one single bite
Where Do You Find Bed Bugs? Where Do I Look For Bed Bugs?
- They often hide/live within 5 feet of where they are getting their blood meals
- Best places to look for signs of bed bugs:
- Corner of your mattress/box spring
- Couch crevasses
- Night stands close to the bed
- Base boards
- Elastic band of sheets
How Do Bed Bug Spread?
- Bed Bugs are hitch hikers; they will crawl into bags, purses, or other belongings and hitch a ride to other areas of your home or any other place that you may go
- They can be on your clothing, blankets or other personal items and also be transported to other areas of your home or any other place you go.
- They can also travel on their own to locations within your home. They are attracted to heat and carbon monoxide. This means if you vacate a room you know is infested, moving to another room will only work for a short period of time. They will start to migrate towards the heat and carbon monoxide your body naturally gives off.
- Using over the counter products will also cause bed bugs to flee their current nesting areas and move to other areas of your home. Over the counter products may kill a bed bug when directly applied. However; it generally does not kill anything inside the walls, beds, chairs, mattresses, etc.
- In long term infestations, bed bugs can even be found in areas of the house or rooms that no one uses. Bed Bugs need to spread out as their numbers increase. Moving away from a food source is not ideal, but can become necessary to their survival when an infestation has gotten out of hand.
How Do Bed Bugs Reproduce?
- They reproduce very quickly
- A pregnant female can lay 8-12 eggs a day and 200-300 eggs in its lifetime
- The eggs hatch in 3 to 10 days from the day they were laid
- They reach the adult phase/breeding age in about 21-35 days
(Based on the statistics above, at the 120 day mark there would be approximately 29,040 eggs, 19,440 in the nymph stage, and 10,081 adult)
Can Bed Bugs Jump? Do Bed Bugs Climb?
- They can climb
- Bed bugs usually spread via hitchhiking on your clothes and on your personal items (purses, backpacks, boxes, toys, etc)
- Bed bugs move swiftly in horizontal and vertical positions; they don’t fly and they don’t jump
Do Bed Bugs Feed On Animals?
- They prefer a human host but will occasionally be found feeding on animals or hiding in pet beds
- They are not designed to navigate well through hair
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs? How Do You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Fast?
- DO NOT Self-Treatment with over the counter products! It will not be effective; it will spread the issue more quickly and also makes professional treatment harder
- The FASTEST and most effective way to rid of bed bugs is with a Heat Treatment. It is a one-time treatment that will kill the egg, nymph and bug all in one treatment. Treatments will take between 8-12 hrs and have you bed bug free in just one day
- Chemical or Pesticide treatments can be just as effective when they are done by a licensed and trained professional. Chemical or Pesticide treatments should not be done with over the counter products. Pesticides are not a one-time treatment. It generally takes 2-3 applications for a pesticide to be effective (about 30 days before you are bed bug free)
How Can I Avoid Getting Bed Bugs Again? How To Prevent Bed Bugs?
- Change your sheets and inspect for bed bugs on a regular basis
- Vacuum all base boards, ceiling molding, and around outlets on a regular basis
- When traveling, inspect your hotel room and bed for signs of bed bugs
- Travel with bags that are able to be put in the dryer
- Ensure all clothes, travel bags and all fabric material objects are placed in the dryer for 20 minutes on high, prior to being put away
- Have an outfit for outside the house and an outfit for inside the house
- Change into your house clothes as soon as you enter the house
- Place outside clothing directly into the dryer or in a plastic container without holes and with a lid until they can be washed
- Ensure all material type objects or clothes that are purchased go into the dryer for 20 minutes on high prior to putting the item with your other personal items
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