What Are Bed Bugs

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that measure about a quarter of an inch in length. Their bodies are brownish-red in color and appear flat. Bed bugs have long antennae and a sharp beak that's used to painlessly extract blood from their victims. While the initial bite is painless, the after effects may include red bumps or welts that itch, burn or swell. You can see what bedbugs bites look like by going to the relevant page on the menu. Fortunately, bed bugs cannot transmit harmful diseases to humans the way various other pests can.

Bed bugs survive by feeding on people and animals. They can survive anywhere there's a warm blooded host. They cannot fly, and tend to live close to the area where their food is. Most active at night, they frequently feed on sleeping humans and live in mattresses. However, they can also be found in upholstered furniture and even inside of walls.

Bed bugs weren't very prevalent in our society after World War II, due in part to extensive DDT use. However, DDT was soon outlawed after it was found to be hazardous. This, along with an increase in international travel, has led to a reoccurance of bed bug infestations in the United States.

Bed bug infestation can be recognized not only by the bites on your skin, but the appearance of dark spotting on your mattress or furniture. These spots are actually dried bug waste, and may be accompanied by tiny spots of blood. Also present will be eggs and eggshells, although they are too small to see.

Bed bugs can spread quickly from room to room, so it's crucial to treat the problem right away. Vacuum or steam clean all areas of your home, especially where bed bugs are suspected. Remove all infested items and call a professional exterminator. Although it may cost you, a professional is the way to go because they have access to methods that the general public does not. The price will depend on the company you choose, the level of infestation and the methods utilized to get rid of it.

Today's pesticides used by exterminators are effective and often environmentally-friendly. Talk to your pest control professional about ways to get rid of bed bugs that don't involve harmful chemicals. There are ways to get rid of these pests without causing harm to children, pets, or the environment.

Copyright 2011 Thomas Proctor- All Rights Reserved

To Contact Us  | Banish Bedbugs Home  | Sitemap | Privacy Policy  | 

Bed Bug News:
City-owned apartment complex deals with bed bug infestation in Baraboo - WiscNews
City-owned apartment complex deals with bed bug infestation in Baraboo  WiscNewsCombating an infestation of bed bugs at a Baraboo apartment complex for low-income seniors will cost the city's Community Development Authority about ...

Petersburg mom fighting to get rid of bed bugs - WWBT NBC12 News
Petersburg mom fighting to get rid of bed bugs  WWBT NBC12 NewsThe woman says her apartment complex threatened to charge her for the bug infestation...

Bedbugs and how to get rid of them - Standard-Times
Bedbugs and how to get rid of them  Standard-TimesIt is recommended to get help from a professional, but solving a bedbug problem can be done on your own...

Study: requiring landlords to disclose bedbugs cuts infestations, creates long-term savings EURą News Service EURą Iowa State University - Iowa State University News Service
Study: requiring landlords to disclose bedbugs cuts infestations, creates long-term savings EURą News Service EURą Iowa State University  Iowa State University News ServiceAMES, Iowa EUR Policies requiring landlords to disclose a rental unit's history with bedbugs may raise costs to landlords over the short-term, but over the long-term ...

What you should do if you get bed bugs - KXNet.com
What you should do if you get bed bugs  KXNet.comBed bugs are a worldwide problem, causing property loss, expense, and inconvenience. But there are ways to protect yourself...

Bed bug infestation inspires Philadelphia legislation - WHYY
Bed bug infestation inspires Philadelphia legislation  WHYYPhiladelphia landlords who go soft on bedbugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla. A bed bug infestation in ...

Rockford Housing Authority high-rises dealing with bed bugs - Rockford Register Star
Rockford Housing Authority high-rises dealing with bed bugs  Rockford Register StarROCKFORD EUR” For almost a year, four Rockford Housing Authority developments have been battling an insidious epidemic: bed bugs. Bed bugs, a parasite that ...

Oklahoma Courthouse Closes For Bed Bugs - NPR
Oklahoma Courthouse Closes For Bed Bugs  NPRSomeone in a courthouse in Oklahoma noticed bed bugs crawling on one of the lawyers present...

Different types of bed bugs - INSIDER
Different types of bed bugs  INSIDERHere's a horrifying bit of trivia: there are actually around 90 species of bed bugs out there. Luckily, just three of them like to snack on humans. Though it's not ...

Chargers draft analysis: Linebackers already upgraded if injury bug doesn't hit again
As the Chargers prepare for the NFL draft, The Times will examine their roster. Part 1 of 8: Linebackers. There was no position where the Chargers were hit harder by injury in 2018 than linebacker, ...