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What Are Bed Bugs And How To Get Rid Of Them

October 27th, 2008

What Are Bed Bugs And How To Get Rid Of Them

Bed bugs are back and are being found all over the world. Recently, bed bugs are becoming a huge problem in apartments, homes, condos, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories, shelters, etc. You name it, bed bugs are there.

Many people don’t realize exactly what bed bugs are. They think that bed bugs are a myth that are only mentioned at night time, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Bed bugs are very real. They are small, wingless insects that get their only source of food from the blood of warm-blooded animals. Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 of an inch in length.

Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures. This means that they are awake during the night time and dormant during the day hours. Bed bugs hide in dark places such as tiny cracks and crevices. During night time, bed bugs seek food from warm-blooded animals. When they find a host, they painlessly suck blood from the host. Bed bugs have highly evolved mouths that can inject saliva into the host’s blood while also drinking the blood as food.

Bed bugs leave orderly marks on their victims. Unlike mosquito bites, bed bug bites are often in rows. Often times, you need to see a doctor to determine whether or not the bite marks are from bed bugs. This is because the marks themselves look very similar to flea bites and mosquito bites.

Bed bugs like to hide in small crevices and can enter your home as a stowaway through furniture, luggage, clothing, pillows, boxes, etc. Furniture that has been used previously is also at a greater risk of harboring bed bugs. Bed bugs can survive for months without receiving food, so don’t think that you are safe if you get some used furniture that hasn’t been used in a while.

If you think you might have bed bugs, you need to carefully examine your bedroom and any other place that has been used for sleeping. Be sure to check the folds of your bed sheets and mattress. Also, check any holes or cracks in your bed frame. These are prime places for bed bugs to hide. You may also find small brown spot on your mattress. This may be an indication of bed bug fecal matter.

The best thing to do is to prevent bed bugs. Carefully examine used furniture before bringing it into your home. Reduce clutter and eliminate any hiding places for bed bugs. Make sure you keep a clean home. Bed bugs are not often found in extremely clean homes. If you do have bed bugs, you can get rid of them yourself, but it is more difficult. The best thing to do is to get rid of your mattress completely. If this is not an option for you, thoroughly vacuum your mattress and shampoo it using a special mattress shampoo.

The best way to completely get rid of bed bugs is to use a pest control service. These companies are trained and know the best ways to effectively get rid of all bed bugs and any eggs they may have laid. Pest control treatment can be a little costly but it is well worth it. If you suspect you may have bed bugs, do a thorough examination of your home and then call in the professionals. For added protection, even when all the above steps have been taken you might consider purchasing a mattress cover for even more peace of mind.

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