Bed Bug Control
Bed bugs are typically the size of a pencil eraser. When first hatched, bed bugs tend to be colorless until they “eat”. Hungry adult bed bugs are a mahogany to rusty-brown color, while full-appetite bed bugs are a reddish-brown color. This is after they have had a blood meal.
Bed Bugs Behavior, Diet & Habits
Bed bugs are world travelers, meaning they travel from one spot to the next, such as room-to-room in hotels or in guest’s suitcases, purses, or briefcases. However, don’t be fooled by their name. Bed bugs are not just in beds; they can be found in cracks, crevices, mattress seams, sheets, furniture, baseboards, box springs, headboards, electrical outlets, and picture frames. They can live various places, most often including hotels, hospitals, and public transportation.
Bed bugs’ diets consist of blood, but they can survive up to a year without a meal under cool conditions. Being more active at night, they feed on their host when their host is sleeping. They have a liking for 80% humidity.
Bed Bug Threats
Bed bug bites can sometimes be painless or extremely itchy. The bites appear as small red bumps on the skin and with increased scratching, can become larger red spots.
Bed Bug Prevention & Treatment
Homeowners should contact their pest control professional to complete a thorough inspection for bed bugs. In the meantime, it is necessary homeowners vacuum and clean the bedroom, focusing on cracks and crevices. Using rubbing alcohol and hot water, clean the bed frame, baseboard, and headboard. Store items like shoes, sheets, and clothing in plastic bags and place them in a hot area. For your mattress, pillows, and box spring, use a mattress cover.