What do Bed Bugs look like?
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 clear and 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.
What are the signs of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices between mattress and box springs, headboards, suitcases, sheets, baseboards, furniture, almost anywhere.
Bed bugs are nocturnal so you’re likely to see them at night rather than during the day. Bed bugs like to feed around 4:00 am and are attracted to people by their breathing. When they feed, they’ll leave behind droppings or blood stains that look like red or brown stains on your sheets or pillowcase. You might find shed skins and maybe a musty odor. Bed bugs may leave small red bites on your skin like resemble mosquito or other insect bites.
What Damage do Bed Bugs cause?
Bed bugs don’t cause any damage to your home, but they may stain your bed spread, walls around your bed, or other common hiding places such as the dresser.
How do you prevent Bed Bugs?
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.
How do I get rid of Bed Bugs?
They are difficult to get rid of, they could easily hide in tight areas or areas you might not think to look. They also reproduce rapidly and their nymphs are even smaller and more difficult to find.
Can Bed Bugs hurt me?
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.
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