WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?
Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies. They are wingless. Adults do have the vestiges of wings called wing pads, but they do not fully develop into functional wings.
Adults are brown in color, although their bodies redden after feeding. Full-grown bed bugs move relatively slowly and measure between 4 to 5 mm. Homeowners sometimes have the misconception that bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye. The nymphs may be small and difficult to see, but the adults are detectable with the naked eye and may be found in the cracks and crevices they use to hide.
Newly hatched nymphs are approximately the size of the head of a pin and are white or tan until they feed. They often are described as being about the size and shape of an apple seed.
Bed bugs are flat and small in size, allowing them to hide easily from view during the day when they are not active. They hide in mattresses, bed frames, bedding, furniture, carpets, baseboards and bedroom clutter. They are most commonly found in the seams of mattresses or inside box springs. However, it is not necessary to locate a specimen to identify an infestation. Their excrement leaves brown to black stains on mattresses and linens, and bloodstains may be visible where bed bugs have been accidentally crushed.
What are the signs of a BED BUG infestation?
BED BUGS INFESTATION
Bed bugs are commonly transported within luggage, allowing them to spread anywhere humans settle. Infestations have become a problem in domestic households, hotels, dormitories and other places of residence. Because of their small size and propensity to hide within mattresses and furniture, controlling a bed bug infestation can prove difficult.
The presence of only one fertile female bed bug in a friendly environment such as a single or multiple family dwelling is an infestation that is waiting to happen. Since a healthy, blood-fed female bed bug can produce from 200-500 healthy eggs during her lifetime and may lay from 2-5 eggs each day, the likelihood of an infestation of bed bugs is extremely high unless bed bug control efforts by your pest management professional are employed to eliminate the infestation.
How Do Bed Bugs Travel?
Bags & Personal Belongings:
Bed bugs are transported by people, most often in personal belongings such as the following:
Ø Luggage & Suitcases
Ø Gym bags
Ø Items kept close to sleep areas
They can hide in your personal belongings, or even on you, and hitchhike a ride back to your home, condo, townhouse or apartment.
Many people ask if bed bugs can jump, but they can’t and don’t travel that way.
Where do you pick them up?
It’s possible to pick up bed bugs almost any place – they’ve infested offices, stores, hotels, gyms and countless other places.
Prefer people over pets:
The common bed bug prefers to feed on human hosts and does not prefer pets or other furry animals.
Bed bugs are easily transported into previously non-infested dwellings.
Once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist.
If you suspect you may have picked up some of these hitchhikers in your travels, call Expert Fumigation for a comprehensive bed bug inspection and assessment and implementation of a treatment solution.