Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of humans. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies that are about the size of an apple seed. Their bodies will swell and become reddish in color after they have had a feeding. They do not fly but can move rather quickly. Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs over her lifetime. Each egg is about the size of a speck of dust.
Bed Bug Hitchhikers
Bed bugs are a problem across the United States. A recent study by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reported that 99.6% of pest professionals treated for bed bugs in 2015 and one in five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or know someone that has dealt with bed bugs in their home or in a hotel. Bed bugs are known as the great hitchhikers of the bug world, traveling on personal belongings to get into your home. They are extremely difficult to control without professional help.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs are active at night and will bite when people are sleeping. They have an elongated beak they use to pierce the skin. They will feed for three to ten minutes and then crawl away undetected. These bites will appear on any exposed skin. Unlike flea bites, these bites will not have a red spot in the center of them. Bed bugs aren’t known the spread any human diseases like other pests, but some people may experience a reaction like itchy, red welts and swelling. The bed bug poop left on your bed contains a chemical called histamine, which also causes allergy symptoms.
How to Prevent Bringing Bed Bugs Home from a Hotel & Vacation
Think of the acronym S.L.E.E.P. when traveling.
Survey the hotel room for any signs of an infestation. Look for red or brown spots.
Lift the mattress, box spring, sheets and furniture.
Elevate luggage off the floor and away from the walls.
Examine your luggage before and after the trip.
Place all clothing that is safe for dryer use in the dryer on the hottest temperature advised to kill any bed bugs that may have hitched a ride.
Check for Signs You Have Bed Bugs in Your Home
All 50 states have pest control professional dealing with bed bugs. They are not associated with dirty places either. They can be found in the fanciest hotels, movie theaters, schools and on public transit. At home, you should check for signs of bed bugs regularly. This includes furniture, mattresses, bedding and behind baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames. Look for blood stains on your bedding, dark or rusty spots that are bed bug excrement on bedding, mattresses, and walls. Egg shells or shed skins in areas where bed bugs hide and an offensive, musty odor that is emitted from their scent glands. Keep your home clean so it’s easier to spot an infestation. If you bring used items into your home, thoroughly inspect them and dry any potentially infested items on the hottest temperature permitted for the fabric.
Bed Bug Inspection & Treatment
Bed bug infestations require specialized treatments. It is safest and most effective to hire experienced pest control professionals to exterminate these blood sucking pests. Contact Southeast Florida Pest Control to schedule an inspection and custom treatment plan today!