4 things you should know about bed bugs
Sleepless nights and bites are often attributed to bed bugs and rightfully so. They are biting insects that tend to come out at night, which makes it easy to lose sleep if you’re worried about a possible infestation. But what else should property owners know about bed bugs? We have a few ideas.
#1 - Know what bed bugs look like
Although their name tells us where we’re most likely to encounter bed bugs, it doesn’t provide other identifying features. So, what do bed bugs look like? Adult bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped insects that have wing pads but no wings. They are brown in color, but their bodies redden after taking a blood meal from a host. While it is commonly believed that bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye, that is not true. Adult bed bugs and even bed bug nymphs, which are smaller versions of adults, can be seen without the aid of any kind of magnification. You just need to know where to look (more on this later).
#2 - What time of year bed bugs are most active
Although there is no official bed bug season, industry experts across the nation have found that bed bug infestations are more prevalent during the summer months and there’s a simple explanation – more people travel during the summer.
#3 - Anyone can develop a bed bug problem
There’s an inaccurate stigma associated with bed bugs and that is infestations are directly related to a certain poverty level or poor housekeeping. The reality is anyone can get bed bugs and any home or business can become infested with these pests.
#4 - The signs of a bed bug infestation
In order to prevent a full-blown bed bug infestation, it’s important to know the signs of bed bug. This is especially true for people who travel a lot or even welcome travelers regularly.
Signs of bed bugs include:
- Live, adult bed bugs on the headboard, bedframe, mattress, box spring, nightstands, and other wood and upholstered furniture as well as other suitable hiding spots.
- Bed bug eggs in mattresses, furniture cushions, floorboards, and other dark, safe places close to human hosts.
- Shed skins, or empty bed bug shells, are what’s left behind when bed bugs transition from one life stage to another.
- Blood stains on sheets caused by bed bugs appear as small, dark red smears and often occur when occupants roll over and crush the bugs.
- Fecal stains, AKA bed bug poop, show up on beds and other surfaces traveled by bed bugs. Stains are rust colored or black.