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Common FAQ’s About Bed Bugs and Bed Bugs Bites

What do bed bugs bites look like?

Not all humans develop signs and symptoms from bed bug bites.  For those that do, bed bug bites can be a nightmare.  Signs of bed bug bites include raised, itchy bumps that are red in color.  Sometimes, these bites will appear in a line or row.

Bed bug bites are most often found on exposed areas of skin while sleeping including: arms, neck, face, and shoulders.

Do bed bugs fly?

Bed bugs are excellent travelers but bed bugs do not fly.  Lacking wings, bed bugs aren’t able to fly or even jump.  If you notice signs of an infestation with small insects that jump or fly, considers fleas or other insects.

Bed bugs can move quickly, especially when moving to a hiding spot in your home.  Sometimes the first signs of bed bugs are not live bed bugs, but the blood spots and fecal stains they leave behind.

What do baby bed bugs look like?

Baby bed bugs start life as eggs.  Bed bug eggs are very small, white in color, and difficult to see.  After hatching bed bugs go through 5 stages until they reach adulthood.  During these stages, the bed bug nymphs continue to grow in size and darken in color.

How to check for bed bugs?

Bed bugs don’t just live in beds, but beds are a great place to start when checking for bed bugs.  First examine the mattress seams and mattress zipper looking for live bed bugs, bed bug exoskeletons, and bed bug excrement.  Next check your skin for bed bug bites.  Bed bug bites can appear as raised, itchy welts sometimes in a straight line.

After that check for common bed bug hiding spots.  Bed bugs like to hide under carpets and rugs, behind outlet covers and baseboards, and in curtains and clothing.

How do you get bed bugs?

Bed bugs are excellent travelers and can hitch a ride into your home in a number of ways including:  overnight guests, luggage from a recent vacation or business trip, clothing, backpacks, and purses to name a few.  

Once inside your home bed bugs will hide in mattress seams, bedding, outlet covers, and under carpet and rugs waiting until they detect CO2 from a sleeping human.  Exhaled CO2 and warmth from humans is a bed bug’s cue to feed.

What are black bed bugs?

Adult bed bugs are usually brown to reddish brown in color.  So what are black bed bugs?  The presence of black bed bugs indicates a bed bug that has recently fed.  Bed bugs prefer to feed on the blood of humans.  After a blood meal, bed bugs will darken in color and become dark brown to almost black.

How to kill bed bugs?

There are several effective ways to kill bed bugs with the most common being: bed bug traditional insecticide treatments, heat treatments, and bed bug biologicals.  While all three bed bug treatments can be effective, the most important step is effective bed bug preparation.  Completing extensive bed bug preparation steps prior to treatment significantly improves the chances of getting rid of bed bugs for good.

How big are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny at about the size of an apple seed.  Bed bug size in inches is about 1/4 to 3/16 once they reach adulthood.  Bed bugs eggs are nearly invisible to the human eye, while bed bug nymphs start out as about the size of a pinhead.

Bed bug treatments focused just on adult bed bugs are a mistake.  Bed bugs are prolific breeders, so disrupting the breeding process is critical.  In addition to insecticides, insect growth regulators and/or biologics should be used.

Best bed bugs treatment?

Looking for the best bed bugs treatment?  There are a number of effective options; however, skipping bed bug preparation will significantly reduce the chance of getting rid of bed bugs for good.  Washing bedding, clothing, and rugs in hot water is an important first step.  For additional information on other bed bug preparation steps, google how do you prepare for a bed bug treatment.

Bed bug treatments vary from traditional liquid insecticides, to insect growth regulators, insecticide dusts, and bed bug biological products.  Bed bug treatments are likely to include both an initial service and a follow-up service due to growing bed bug resistance to traditional insecticides.

What are bugs that look like bed bugs?

Bed bug infestations are a growing problem in homes in the U.S.  Before assuming you have a bed bug problem, proper identification is key.  There are a number of bugs that look like bed bugs.

These include: Bat bugs, spider beetles, carpet beetles, ticks, book lice, mites, fleas, and cockroach nymphs.  

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