Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

bed bugs on a bed

No one wants to think about bed bugs, but learning about these biting pests is vital. The more you know about bed bugs, the easier it is to keep them out of your Atlanta Metro or Southeast Florida home. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Unfortunately for us, people happen to be the bed bug's favorite hosts. 

These insects are known as temporary parasites because they don't live on our bodies, but they do visit each evening as we sleep to feed. Bed bugs use their specialized mouthparts to pierce our skin and insert an elongated mouthpart to suck out and feed on our blood. 

Adult bed bugs are the size and shape of an apple seed and are reddish-brown. Those bed bugs that have recently eaten have a slightly different appearance. After feeding, their body swells, elongates, and turns a deep red color after feeding.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Believe it or not, bed bugs aren't considered dangerous. While these pests do feed on our blood, they don't transmit disease-causing pathogens. However, that doesn't give them a pass to live in our homes. Bed bug bites can result in red itchy rashes, cause secondary infections, and be overall uncomfortable.

The biggest threat of a bed bug infestation is not physical but mental. Knowing you are sharing your home with blood-feeding pests is unsettling and can lead to sleepless nights and worry-filled days. 

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs can become a problem in any of our homes. They can be accidentally introduced into any house by you, your family, or your friends.

While exceptional crawlers, bed bugs travel best by hitchhiking. They crawl onto people or our belongings and move wherever we take them, including right through our front doors and into our homes. Once inside, their small size allows them to hide in dark, tight spaces enabling the infestation to grow. The more bed bugs in your home, the more difficult it will be to eliminate them. 

Bed bugs can survive for weeks to several months without feeding, depending on their life stage and environmental conditions. Their ability to go without food for long periods adds to the difficulty of controlling and eliminating these pests. 

Where will I find bed bugs?

Wherever there are people, you will find bed bugs. Bed bugs have adapted to living inside with us as it puts them in close contact with the hosts whose blood keeps them alive. 

Public places like hotels, airports, schools, laundry mats, and other places where large numbers of people regularly move to and from are hot spots for bed bugs and where you are likely to come into contact with bed bugs. 

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are not pests you want to try to tackle on your own. Eliminating them from Atlanta, Metro and Southeast Florida homes effectively is with the help of a trained and experienced pest professional. 

If you are looking for the best bed bug control, look no further than Squash A Bug Pest Control. We offer safe, effective, and tailored services to meet our customer's unique needs. Our professionals will find and treat every bed bug living in your home. To learn more about our bed bug control services, reach out today. 

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Use the following prevention tips to help keep bed bugs from taking over your property in the Atlanta Metro area or Southeast Florida.

  • Encase your family's mattresses in bed bug-proof covers. 
  • Regularly wash your family's bedding.
  • Regularly vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture.
  • Remove clutter from your home where bed bugs can hide.
  • Wash all clothing and luggage after traveling. 

For more information about our bed bug control service, reach out today. 

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