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The Importance of Bed Bug Identification

March 21, 2017

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In: Bed Bugs

No one likes to think that they might have come in contact with bed bugs. Unfortunately, thinking you have never been exposed to bed bugs is a luxury you can’t afford. What if we told you that you have probably been near bed bugs at some point in your life, whether at home, at a friend’s house, or even at the hotel while on vacation? Bed bugs do not discriminate. They can be found anywhere that people frequent; and because their main food source is human blood, you offer them everything they need to live comfortably in your sheets; but don’t worry. We can help. The first step in avoiding bed bugs is knowing about these pests. The bed bug experts here at American Pest Solutions are often asked the most important question: “What do bed bugs look like?” To ease your mind, check out this complete guide to identifying bed bugs.

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs look like crumbs in your bed to the naked eye. Contrary to popular belief, they ARE visible. You just need to know where to look and what to look for. Here are three things you should notice about bed bugs:

  1. Bed bugs are small and flat. The bed bug body is only about 4 to 5 mm. That is roughly the size of an apple seed. At first glance, many people mistake bed bugs for ticks. Closer inspection reveals that they are very different.

  2. They are brown, but an engorged adult will turn red because of the blood in its body.

  3. They do not have wings.

Now that you know what they look like, it’s time to start finding out where they are hiding in your home.

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

A bed bug infestation is easy to spot. You may have been overlooking it for awhile now. Look for these two signs of bed bugs in your home:

  1. Small bites on your body or bloody areas on your skin when you wake up in the morning

  2. Casings in your bed and around your home, as well as blood spots on your sheets

Bed bugs are great hiders which means that you have to get even better at spotting them. If you don’t see signs of bed bugs in your home, a little prevention goes a long way.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs

To prevent bed bugs focus on your activity inside and outside your home.

  • Inspect bedding for signs of bed bugs by searching for blood spots and casings.

  • Do not put your luggage or bags on the floor; elevate them instead.

  • Wash your bedding on the highest water temperature possible for your fabric and dry on high heat.

  • Inspect your home regularly and clean often.

  • Remove clutter.

  • Do not bring used furniture or furnishings into your home.

What if You Have Bed Bugs in Your Home?

If you suspect bed bugs are already in your home, act quickly. There is no time to waste. Call American Pest Solutions for a thorough inspection, treatment, and control solutions. One day with bed bugs is one day too many; and the fast, effective service offered by our bed bug specialists ensures that it won’t be one day longer!

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