Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about 3/16-inch long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal.
Cracks and crevices including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage.
Feed on blood.
Females can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live up to a year.
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not a sanitation issue. They don’t discriminate and can be found in any hotel and any home, regardless of size, hygiene, or cleanliness, as well as dormitories and cruise ships.
Once a bed bug finds its way indoors, it can move from room to room by traveling on clothing and luggage or through pipes and vacuum cleaners . This tendency to hitch-hike — as well as a bed bug’s ability to survive for long periods of time without a blood meal — makes proper prevention and control steps even more important.
Experts believe bed bugs’ recent increase in prevalence in the U.S. is due to an increase in international travel. That, combined with increased media coverage on bed bugs, has also heightened awareness of these blood-sucking pests among the general public.
Bed Bug Bites
While bed bugs are not known to carry disease, they can leave behind itchy, bloody welts and can cause allergic reactions. Bedbug bites can be distinguished from other insects by their orderly rows, likely caused by a single bug.
Bites tend to disappear within a few days, some individuals may experience extreme irritation and rashes. If you develop a rash after being bitten by a bedbug, avoid scratching the affected area. Antibiotic creams may help to alleviate itching and decrease the odds of infection. If the rash persists or becomes infected, contact a medical professional immediately.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
- Bedbug bites which are distinguished from other insects by their orderly rows, likely caused by a single bug.
- Molted skins - typically found along mattress seams, behind head boards, in the corners of walls near the ceiling, and along baseboards
- Fecal spots can be found practically anywhere with a large infestations, but are most likely to be seen in electrical outlets, on the wood frame of box springs, along mattress seams, in corners near the ceiling, and on baseboards.
- Bed bug aggregations - bed bugs usually aggregate after feeding, but these clusters aren't always immediately obvious in smaller infestations. Here you will find live bed bugs in multiple stages, cast skins, fecal spots, and eggs.
Vacuuming and laundering at high temperatures provides short-term relief, but if there are bedbugs on a mattress cover, it is likely that bedbugs and their eggs are also present within the mattress, sheets and elsewhere within a home. Although vinyl covers are also sometimes used to prevent mattress infestation, bedbugs can thrive in a variety of locations indoors.
If you even suspect that you might have bed bugs, it is best to catch it early and call a professional - though most people don't know they have a problem until they really have a problem. It can be hard to notice their presence until the infestation has reached a certain severity, usually when the bites become significantly noticeable.
We start by inspecting your home to see just how severe your bed bug problem is. It can be difficult to give an accurate quote before determining the scale and scope of treatment needed, so your technician will wait until after the inspection is complete. Keller guarantees your satisfaction - we will stay with you until our treatment has been effective in solving your bed bug problem.