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Bed bugs are small, flat, reddish-brown insects that are found in people’s bedrooms. They can be found along mattress seams, box springs, headboards, and baseboards, where they hide during the day. Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.
During the night they will bite which usually leaves small itchy red marks, like that of a mosquito bite. The level of reaction varies from person to person. Often these bites are found in rows, on the arms, legs and torso.
It is important to note that bed bugs (unlike some other insects) are NOT an indicator of poor cleanliness, lack of sanitation or bad housekeeping. Bed bugs only need to have a person living in a home, regardless of the conditions.
Bite marks are the usual indicator that bedbugs are present. Most people have reactions of itchy red marks, but some people don’t react to their bite. Aside from bite marks, an indication that you may have bedbugs are the droppings and blood stains they leave on sheets, pillows, and blankets. These look like small black drops of blood.
The best indicator of bedbug activity is the bed bug itself.
Bed bugs, in the past, were thought to be eradicated. Recently, due to increasing travel through the world, as well as a decrease in pesticide use in general (hotels), there has been a dramatic rise in bedbugs. People who travel can pick them up in their suitcases and clothing and bring them back into their homes.
If you think you may have a problem with bed bugs, you would need to thoroughly inspect the bedroom. Check the mattress seams, box springs, spaces or cracks in headboards, along the baseboards, and any small gaps that the bed bugs could hide in that are close to your bed, between the cushions of couches and chairs, under area rugs and the edges of carpets
If you find bed bugs or are noticing symptoms, please give a professional a call so the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated. By doing this, you can help keep your home well maintained.
Other Signs of an Infestation
- Distinct Smell : Emits a sweet odor described as obnoxiously sweet
- Spots: Blood spots on bedding
- Welts on occupants
- Live insects