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Bed Bugs, What You Need to Know

By: Teresaal Dridge
Category : Pest Control
September 27, 2018

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Dynamic Pest Control specializes in all types of pest control including ants, spiders, roaches, and bed bugs. Many people think of bed bugs as a commercial problem, something that hotels and hostels have to deal with, but just one night’s stay in an infested hotel room could lead to a very big problem at home requiring proper bed bug treatment.

What Is a Bed Bug?

Cimex lectularius, or the common name, bed bugs, are parasitic insects. Their bodies are small and flat, and they are a rusty brown color. They do not have wings, can grow to be about the size of a penny, and they feed on blood.

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Bed bugs live everywhere. They can be found on all continents except Antarctica. They make their home in the areas where people sleep, generally the bed, but they can travel up to 100 feet at night to find a meal. They are found in homes, dorms, motels, hostels, 5-star resorts, cruise ships, or just about any other place humans use to sleep. The cleanliness of a facility is not a determining factor on whether or not bed bugs are present.

What Are the Signs Bed Bugs Have Taken Up Residence?

The simplest way to tell if you have a bed bug problem is the appearance of bite marks. If you or a family member wakes up with bite marks on the arms, legs, face, or any other part of the body that was exposed while sleeping, you may want to think about bed bug treatment. However, as some people do not show any symptoms of being bit, there are other ways to spot a problem. Finding live bugs or exoskeletons in or around the bed or seeing rust or blood-colored spots on the bedding or mattress which is actually bed bug excrement.

How Did the Bed Bugs Get in My House?

Even if you are a very clean and neat person, it is still possible for bed bugs to find a home in your mattress. They have very slim bodies that can hide in the folds of clothing, luggage or bedding. It is very easy to pick up a hijacker at an infested hotel and bring it home with you.

If you think you may have a problem, call Dynamic Pest Control for bed bug treatment right away to prevent them from spreading.