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Bed Bugs

What do bed bugs look like?

large adult bed bug in a long island home

Rusty red or mahogany in color, adult bed bugs are approximately 3/16 to 1/4 of an inch and resemble apple seeds.  If they've not fed recently, their bodies will be flat. Nymphs are younger and smaller bed bugs that are translucent in color.  Bed bug eggs are very small, about the size of a pinhead and are pearl-white in color. 

Bed bug behaviors

As the female bed bug lays her eggs, she uses a clear substance to attach them in cracks and on rough surfaces. Under ideal conditions, eggs hatch in about seven days and the nymphs molt five times, taking a blood meal between each molt. Development time from egg to adult is 21 days. The adult can live for almost one year.

Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices between mattress and box springs, headboards, suitcases, sheets, baseboards, furniture, almost anywhere. Bed bugs like to feed around 4:00 am and are attracted to people by their breathing. 

Are bed bug dangerous?

Although bed bugs bite, they are not known to spread disease.  A bed bug bite may look like a raised bump with minor swelling, followed by itching. Commonly, skin reactions to bed bug bites may not show up for 1-2 weeks after the bite.

Can Suburban Exterminating help with a bed bug infestation?

At Suburban, we have the knowledge, tools, and experience to get rid of bed bugs in Long Island homes and businesses.  If you've discovered bed bug bites or have had guests report bed bugs, please contact us today. We'd be happy to provide you with a free estimate and a bed bug control plan tailored specifically for your home or company.

Bed bug prevention tips

Preventing a bed bug infestation starts with inspecting anything that is brought into your home.  When traveling, any suitable hiding place, such as bedding, upholstered furniture, backpacks, or packing materials, should be inspected for bed bugs or signs of these biting insects. A person’s clothing or shoes or backpack can carry a “hitchhiking” bed bug. You should search for feces, eggs, and shed “skins,” as well as for active bed bugs.

 

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