Everything You Really Don't Want To Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bug found on Springfield resident.

Let's face it. Who wants to learn about bed bugs? These are truly nasty bugs that have many undesirable attributes. But, if you want to avoid going through the nightmare of having a bed bug infestation, there are a few things you should definitely know about these bugs.

  1. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and stowaways. While you may already know this, you might not know how much of an issue this really is. It is common knowledge that bed bugs can get into our belongings when we stay the night at a hotel or motel but are you aware that you can pick these pests up when you take a ride on a bus, or in a taxi? Do you know that they can hitch a ride when you go the movies or do some studying at the library? Are you aware that bed bugs can come home on your kids, from elementary school children all the way up to college-age adult kids? Do you know that you don't have to go on vacation to pick up bed bugs? They can get on you when you go to work. You can even get bed bugs shipped to you in the mail! You can't assume those clothes you bought online will arrive at your door bed bug-free.
  2. Bed bugs are small. Seriously small. When bed bugs first hatch, they are only about the size of the tip on a pen. Not only are they small, they're mostly transparent. You're not likely to see baby bed bugs unless they are feeding on you, and they are filled with your red blood. This makes detecting bed bugs difficult.
  3. It is important to recognize the signs of bed bugs. If you, or your kids, see the signs, you can keep these bugs from hitching a ride back to your home. Bed bugs leave shed insect skins, black streaks, tiny black feces, and blood stains in areas of infestation. If there are enough bed bugs, there may also be a smell that is similar to the smell of a moist, dirty gym towel
  4. Bed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of. When these bugs get in, they have many natural traits that help them avoid extermination.

We hope you recognize bed bugs, and the signs that they leave, so that a bed bug infestation never takes root in your home. But if one does, you can trust the team here at American Pest Solutions to resolve your bed bug infestation quickly. We use the most advanced bed bug protocols to provide expedient, simple, and efficient bed bug control. Every time. Reach out to us today for a free evaluation.