How To Spot Bed Bugs
What do bed bugs look like?
“I have bed bugs” is a term that no one likes to hear. It immediately makes someone’s living space sound dirty. Bed bugs are around the size of an apple seed. When they are young, they have more of a cream color, but as they get older they become a darker red/brown color. They have a more rounded shape as well. They can sometimes get mistaken for other bugs that have spotted wings, but bed bugs can never fly.
Where do bed bugs like to hide?
Bed bugs like to hide in any dark and warm places. They are nocturnal creatures so they can be hard to spot during the day to an untrained eye. Once they are in the home, they can be anywhere, ranging from baseboards to shoes, to your bed. Make sure to always check any furniture or luggage (after a trip) before bringing it into your home. Also, regularly check your pet’s bed for signs of bed bugs. They are one of the most common ways bed bugs get into your home.
What does a bed bug bite look like?
Bed bugs are parasitic, meaning they need blood to survive. Without us and animals, they would not be able to sustain themselves. You will start to notice bed bug bites because they will be small little red dots that can become inflamed and itchy. They will often be in a line down a single area or in a zigzag pattern. It is good to note that bed bugs are not known to have any transferrable disease to humans.
How do bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs are “hitch-hikers”. They usually spread by attaching themselves to the fur of a pet or on our clothing. Once they are brought into the house, they can move short distances to spread from room to room. They are often times brought into the house after a member of the home traveled and slept in a bed that already had them. Once they are introduced into the home, they multiply into the hundreds in the first month and then into the thousands by the third month. If they are not noticed until six months then they can multiply to well over 100,000.
How to get rid of bed bugs?
The simplest way is to contact your local bed bug heat treatment company in Denver such as ourselves. Our triple heating method involves electric, propane, and steam. This heating technique is much safer than chemical-based solutions, and are people-, pet-, and eco-friendly. This heating method takes 8-12 hours so that we can guarantee that all the bugs have been killed.