Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded hosts. They are reddish-brown in color and have a flat, oval-shaped body. Bed bugs are also wingless and the size of an apple seed (3 to 5 millimeters in length). These nocturnal insects feed exclusively on blood. A bed bug must have regular blood meals to survive and grow. They prefer human blood, but they will also feed on other warm-blooded animals, such as dogs and cats.
Why Do I Have Them?
Bed bugs are exceptional hitchhikers, capable of traveling far distances with an unsuspecting host. They can be picked up almost anywhere, including hotels, gyms, stores, and movie theaters. Poor housekeeping is often blamed for bed bug infestation. However, bed bugs are usually brought into your house by accident on suitcases, bags, furniture, or clothing. They are especially a problem for places with high occupancy turnover and mass transit.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Bed bugs do bite, but they are not known to carry or spread diseases to humans. Bed bug bites can leave behind tiny red bumps and cause skin irritation. Serious health problems can occur if the bites become infected. Feces and eggs will also stain and damage bedding and furniture.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Once bed bugs have invaded your home, they are incredibly difficult to eradicate. They are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. A lot of vacuuming and washing is required to rid your home of bed bugs. Over-the-counter pesticides or DIY methods will not work against cockroaches. The most effective way to get rid of a bed bug infestation is to contact a pest control professional.
Unfortunately, Advanced Wildlife & Pest Control does not offer bed bug removal services. It is the only insect we do not handle at this moment. However, we can help direct you to other pest control companies we have connections with for your bed bug problem.
Preventing bed bugs can be a difficult task due to their ability to enter your home in many different ways. The best thing to do is to be proactive. Keep an eye out for tell-tale signs of bed bugs. Inspect luggage, bags, and suitcases before bringing these items indoors.