Everyone's heard of bed bugs, and they know the creatures are bad news. But, if you're like most people, you don't really know what bed bugs are, what they do, and how to tell if you have a problem at your home or business. Since we deal with pests every day, and are bed bug experts, allow us to explain how to deal with them.
Bed Bugs are Hitch Hikers and that they can be picked up anywhere. People who travel have a greater chance of bringing them home.
Considering bed bug infestations are on the rise in North America, we should all know what bed bugs are about. But, since they've been uncommon up to this point, reliable knowledge about them has been in short supply.
You need to know what bed bugs look like. They are:
Some people think bed bugs can fly, but that's not true. They can, however, scamper quickly over floors, walls, and even ceilings, making them difficult to spot and catch.
In short, bed bugs suck blood from larger creatures: you, your kids, animals, etc. As they grow from the nymph of the immature stage to adulthood, bed bugs require a meal of blood before shedding their skin. In the right conditions, it takes just a month for a bed bug to reach maturity. That means in a year, several generations have bred, exploding the population in your home or business.
Bed bugs can spread quickly. Females lay hundreds of eggs during their life. Each egg is roughly the size of a dust speck, making them difficult to see. Of course, what comes from those eggs can become a world of hurt.
Thankfully, bed bugs don't transmit diseases. They are, however, a painful nuisance. You can tell their bites apart from fleas, because bed bugs don't leave a red spot in the center, making them look like mosquito bites