Bed bugs are tiny (1/4 inch; adults are usually 3/16 inch long), oval, wingless pests with microscopic hairs. They are amber to reddish-brown color in color and have flat bodies. They feed by sucking the blood of warm-blooded animals or people. Their most preferred target is humans because we have a lot of exposed skin for bed bugs to bite easily unlike animals with fur. In the absence of humans, bed bugs feed on poultry, canaries, sparrows, mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and bats. With regular feeding, they can live up to 316 days. Bed bugs never develop wings and so cannot fly. They are easily detected by their obnoxiously sweet or foul “locker room” emitted an odor from their glands. The presence of bed bugs in the North Carolina area has increased exponentially in recent years; many people have reported being bitten by bed bugs.
Bed Bugs Eating and Feeding Habits
Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. Because of their flat bodies, they are transported quickly and can hide in small crevices, especially of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, etc. They are also moved easily as stowaways in luggage, furniture, clothing, and boxes. Bed bugs usually remain concealed until they are hungry. At night, they are active and seek their prey for sucking blood. They do not build nests; instead, they congregate in habitual hiding places and mark them with dark spotting and staining as their dried excreta. Their presence is likely if you find spots of blood on your bed sheets, mattresses, and walls. They can crawl considerable distances for their food. A sign of bed bug bite can be small, red, itchy bumps on the skin.
Fortunately, bed bugs do not carry any diseases; many people may develop an allergic reaction to their saliva injection. A bed bug bite can result in swelling, with or without redness. Swelling can sometimes be very severe and can extend beyond the area bitten.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs in Home
If you find any sign of bedbugs in your home or office, immediately Contact Crown Pest for the best bed bug elimination treatment. Our specialists are adept at recognizing the species involved, the severity of the problem, and any potential threats. Our professionals will visit your premises and take the time to inspect the critical areas and common habitats. Accordingly, they use the most advanced and the most-effective treatment to make your home, office and surroundings pest-free.
- Do not take used mattresses or padded furniture or the ones that have been left at the curb or on the street.
- Cover and wrap suitcases and soiled clothing in plastic bags during your stay in hotel and motel rooms.
- When you return from a vacation, wash all the used and unused items – clothes, any sheets, etc. in hot water to kill any signs of bed bugs.
- When in hotels, examine the beds and surroundings carefully for the presence of bed bugs.
- At home, check your bed sheets for blood spots and other signs of bed bugs presence.
- Carry a small flashlight with you while traveling to help you spot bed bugs.
- Bed bugs can be hard to detect sometimes. If you doubt their presence in your premises, call us for professional pest management services.