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Synergy Jackson Pest Control Bed Bug FAQ’s

What color are bed bugs?

Bed bugs size and color can vary depending on the stage of growth they are in.  Bed bug eggs are tiny(the size of a pinhead), white, and translucent.  Bed bug nymphs, or baby bed bugs, start life as yellowish to white in color.  As bed bugs get closer to their adult stage, they will grow darker in color.

Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish brown in color.  After feeding, adult bed bugs will appear even darker brown in color.  

Best bed bugs spray?

Bed bugs spray that you purchase from the big box stores is rarely effective completely eliminating bed bugs in the home.  Effective eradication of bed bugs often involves a combination of sprays, dusts, and chemicals including synthetic pyrethroids, insecticide dusts, organic dusts, insect growth regulators, and biopesticides.

In addition to chemical application, getting rid of bed bugs completely involves extensive bed bug preparation.  Steps include: washing all bedding and clothing in hot water, taking apart bed frames and furniture, and removal of rugs and carpets from the bedroom.

Bed bugs size? How big are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny but visible to the human eye.  Adult bed bugs grow up to 1/4 inch long and are about the size of an apple seed.  Bed bugs that have recently fed will appear significantly larger.

Earlier stages of bed bugs are more difficult to see.  Bed bug eggs are only about 1/16 inch and white in color.  Bed bug nymph are translucent and start at about 1.5mm in length.

Can bed bugs live in your hair?

Bed bugs do not live in your hair, despite reports to the contrary.  Bed bugs prefer to hide in dark protected spaces.  Only when they detect warmth or exhaled CO2 from a sleeping human do they come out to feed.

It is possible to find bed bugs in your hair if they are in the process of feeding.  Bed bugs, whether on you or in your bedroom, are a serious pest issue that needs to be addressed quickly.  What starts as a small bed bug infestation can quickly grow out of control.

Where do bed bugs bite?

Bed bugs like to feed at night after detecting warmth and exhaled CO2 from sleeping humans.  The most common places where bed bugs bite: arms, legs, face, neck, and hands.  These are the areas most commonly exposed during sleep.

Bed bug bites can appear as raised bumps sometimes in a straight line.  For some, bed bug bites cause no reaction.  But for others, bed bug bites can turn into itchy, red welts.

How long can bed bugs live without food?

Bed bugs will feed frequently if human hosts are available, but how long can bed bugs live without food?  Remarkably, some bed bugs can live over a year without feeding.  A general range for how long bed bugs can live without food is 30-380 days.

Bed bugs only require a few minutes to feed on a host and survive.  Once fed, a bed bug will hide in cracks, crevices, furniture, bedding and mattresses until they are ready for their next meal.  Warmth and exhaled CO2 are the two most common triggers for bed bugs to feed.

Fleas vs bed bugs?

Fleas and bed bugs are both tiny insects that feed on mammals, but with distinct differences.  Both fleas and bed bugs can reproduce rapidly once infesting a home.  Determining the type of infestation you have is critical to selecting the right pest control treatment.

Both fleas and bed bugs are dark brown to reddish brown in color.  Bed bugs will appear darker after a blood meal.  Bed bugs have a distinctive shape as they are oval and flat.  Fleas on the other hand have much longer bodies.

How do bed bugs spread?

Bed bugs don’t have wings and crawl slowly, but bed bugs can spread quickly in homes.  Bed bugs come into homes as hitchhikers on: luggage from a recent vacation or business trip, purses, kids’ backpacks, clothing, bedding, and recently purchased used furniture.  

Once inside a home, bed bugs spread quickly.  A single female bed bug can produce up to 500 eggs in a lifetime.  So what starts out as a small bed bug infestation can quickly grow out of control.  Bed bugs move from room to room in search of hosts and are attracted to warmth and exhaled CO2 from humans.

Synergy² Pest Control Jackson MS

If you’re looking for the right team to handle bed bugs for you, Synergy² is here to help. We provide trusted services throughout the area, so contact us for the best pest control services around.

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