Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown in color, oval shaped and up to 4 to 5 millimeters long; about the size of an apple seed. After they have had a blood meal, they become swollen and red.
Behavior, Diet and Habits
Bed bugs have no other diet, but blood. If the weather is cool, they have been known to survive up to 1 year without a meal. They are more active at night---when their host is asleep.
They can be found in cracks and crevices; including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, outlets, and even picture frames. Bed bugs are often found in hotels—they can travel from room to room, catching a ride on any visitors’ luggage or personal belongings like purses and briefcases.
Signs of Bed Bug Infestation
Seeing them: The Adult bed bug is about the shape and size of an apple seed. Best Pest Control by Me Mesa AZ
Case Skins: When the juvenile bugs grown, they will shed their skin. If their skin is discovered, this will indicate their presence.
Defecation: After they feed, the bugs will return to their harborage to hide. They will defecate black or brown stains on porous surfaces. If the surface in nonporous, then black to brown mounds can be spotted.
Bites: If a bite is discovered, this can indicate bed bug activity. Further signs need to be found to make sure it is a bed bug bite.
So the big questions? How do you get Bed Bugs! There is a myth that your living conditions have to be horrid. This is simply not true. You can pick up a bed bug almost anywhere! An office, storage area, hotel, gyms, or a neighbors home! They are great at hiding and love to hitchhike in luggage, personal belongings…..or even you! Once a bed bug is indoors, controlling them can become very difficult unless you have an experienced pest specialist. Catching them early can greatly reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation. Best Pest Control by Me Mesa AZ
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