An Overview of Bed Bugs From A Pest Control Pro


What’s Up with Bed Bugs

One of the most feared parasites, bed bugs are a torment to encounter. They spread quickly, and aren’t picky when it comes to sucking blood. From highway-side motels to five-star, any locale can experience a problem. Here are some facts about bed bugs, as well as how to spot and deal with an infestation.

(Not So Fun) Fun Facts

Cimex lectularius, aka bed bugs, are reddish-brown in color. They are tiny-1 to 7mm in size-and flat, oval-shaped. Drawn out of their hiding areas by carbon dioxide emitted through the breath of human and animals, they live on the blood of sleeping victims. Although they take 5-15 minutes to feed, they can survive for months on a single meal. They’re found all over the world, in every setting. Although they produce annoying bites, they aren’t known to spread any diseases and do not pose any known long-term physical threat to victims. Additionally, unlike many pests that either die or hibernate during colder temperatures, bed bugs are quite hardy, able to survive in temperatures of freezing to 120 degrees.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Bed Bugs?

For the most part, you’ll find bed bugs in and around sleeping accommodations. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed. Although they like to stay within 8 feet of the sleeping area, they are very capable of traveling with a host. They can crawl into the seams of luggage and folded clothes, going along for the journey. This makes diligence when traveling highly important.

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