What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are parasitic, blood-feeding insects that can be found living in close proximity to people all throughout the world. As parasitic pests, bed bugs feed primarily on blood, preferring human blood as their main food source. These pests are common household invaders, hitchhiking their way inside on people or belongings.
Adult bed bugs grow to about ¼ of an inch in length, have oval-shaped bodies that are flattened from top to bottom, six legs, and are wingless; these pests resemble apple seeds in size and shape. Before feeding, bed bugs are a reddish-brown to mahogany in color. After feeding, they turn a deep, reddish-purple color and their bodies swell and elongate in a balloon-like manner. Adult bed bugs and their nymphs feed using specialized mouthparts, which allow them to pierce the skin of their victims and suck out their blood.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs are difficult pests to control and are very tricky to eliminate from homes once they invade. However, they aren't considered dangerous as they aren't known to transmit diseases to people. But that doesn’t mean you should welcome these pests into your home with open arms. Remember, they will bite you and feed on your blood!
Many people show no reaction to bed bug bites, while others may experience an allergic reaction and develop an itchy rash. These rashes may require medical attention, especially if they become infected due to constant scratching. Having a bed bug infestation can also lead to sleepless nights and may create an environment where people no longer want to spend time inside their own homes. At the first sign of a bed bug infestation, professional help should be sought to help eliminate them.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
The simple truth is that bed bugs can become a problem for any homeowner. Due to their feeding habits, these pests want to be where people are and, unfortunately, that can mean our homes as well as out in public areas like shopping malls, airports, movie theaters, hotels, and more. Bed bugs are often introduced into homes accidentally after crawling onto or into a person’s clothing, bag, purse or other personal belongings while spending time in public places. After returning home, they accidentally introduce these sneaky travelers into their homes. In addition, bed bugs can also be introduced into homes inside used furniture, mattresses, box springs, rugs, or clothing.
Where are bed bugs commonly found?
Bed bugs can be found in a wide range of public places, including apartment buildings, hotels, motels, office buildings, nursing homes, schools, daycares, dormitories, hospitals, shopping centers, airports, airplanes, taxis, and bus and train stations. Inside homes, bed bugs like to live near their sleeping food source. They hide out in the seams of mattresses, box springs, head or foot boards, under rugs, or in the cracks of walls. If an infestation is allowed to spread, the bed bugs will move throughout a home to hide.
When living inside our homes, bed bugs especially like to hide in:
Inside upholstered furniture
In the seams of mattresses and box springs
Inside wall voids
Behind outlets, wooden trim, and baseboards
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
The only way to completely eliminate bed bugs and prevent them from re-infesting is to partner with a professional pest control company that is experienced in dealing with bed bugs, like the professionals here at Bug Head Pest Control. At Bug Head, our experienced professionals can provide the comprehensive bed bug control services needed to find and eliminate all the bed bugs hiding throughout your home. Our experienced and highly-trained experts will perform a thorough inspection. They will get rid of the infestation with a combination of heat and chemical treatments. If you are looking for exceptional bed bug control services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
To reduce the chance of bed bugs finding their way into your Texas home, consider the following prevention tips:
Know what bed bugs and the signs of their presence look like.
When traveling, inspect hotel or motel rooms for signs of bed bugs before bringing belongings inside.
After returning home from a trip, immediately wash all clothing that you took with you on a high heat cycle.
Vacuum out and wipe down suitcases prior to storing them.
Keep suitcases, bags, clothing, and other personal belongings up off the floor.
Never purchase used furniture, mattresses, or box springs for use within your home.
Regularly vacuum your home’s floors and the seams of furniture, mattresses, and box springs.
Regularly wash your bedding on a high heat setting to eliminate bed bugs.
Routinely wash all outerwear that you and your family wear on a regular basis.
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