Bed Bugs: What You Need to Know

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to deal with. There are many species of bedbugs, but the species we are most acquainted with is known as Cimex Lectularius. This specific species of bedbugs prefers to feed on humans; where as other species of their family feed on different animals. Bedbugs are completely parasitic, and rely on eating only blood to survive. These pests have had quite an impact on history, and were first mentioned in Ancient Greece records as early as 400 BC. In the first half of the 1900’s , bed bugs were almost non existent in most developed countries, but in the last two decades they have become far more prevalent. It is believed that they have become more resistant to pesticides, and are now having a population boom throughout the United States. Since these creatures like to hide in furniture, are mostly nocturnal, and inject a pain killer while feeding, it can be very difficult to detect their presence immediately. However, since they are very difficult to eradicate once they are established in your home, early detection is very important. Here are some tips on how to properly detect a bed bug infestation.
In order to detect the presence of bed bugs, you need to check areas they most commonly congregate in. Bed bugs typically like to hide in mattresses, sofas and chairs, linings in drawers and cabinets, cracks in walls, and many other spots throughout the house. Since they are so small, it can be difficult to spot them right away. Look out for common signs of bed bugs. Check under your mattress for rust and red colored stains caused by crushed bedbugs, eggs and yellow skin shedding, period sized black marks caused by excrement, and any movement under your furniture.
If you feel that you may have an infestation, it is pivotal to try to treat the problem as soon as possible. Bed bugs are an extremely adaptable and elusive creature. Once an infestation becomes severe it can be very difficult to get rid of them. If you have any questions or concerns about this topic, or anything else, give us a call today!

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