Bed bugs are always unwelcome trespassers at your home as they are often found in bedding, mattresses and furniture and people staying in hotels, hospitals and college dorms are their favorite targets. Unfortunately, these pests are not ready leave the ground even at your residential places. Once they attack your place, it is really difficult to get rid of these critters. However, if you are afraid of their threat and want to identify them as you are not sure what do bed bugs look like, keep reading on to get some really helpful information about these pests.
Detection of Bed Bugs
The biggest problem with these tiny insects is that the physical symptoms of bed bugs can be visible in your body even though you cannot actually see a single bug. The problem becomes more severe when the infestation increases than just having some bites on the skin. Several times, it has been found that these bites look like the bites of other insects or several skin conditions like hives or eczema. If fact, many people who have been bit, do not take it seriously and thus they allow these bugs sufficient time to fee, breed and grow so that they can spread all throughout your home.
What do bed bugs look like?
These small insects have small, oval-shaped, flat bodies. The adult bugs are brown in color, but after sucking blood it becomes redden. The measure of a full-grown bug is between 4 to 5 mm and it moves relatively slowly. The nymphs of these insects are too small to detect in naked eyes, but you can detect the adults with naked eyes as they hide in cracks and crevices.
What are the signs of bed bug infestation?
- Live bugs moving around the beddings, mattresses or couch cushions
- Dark blood spots on the bed sheets
- Existence of shedding off skins by the nymphs when they grow larger
- Eggs and eggshells
- Signs of crashed bugs or reddish strains found on the bed sheets
What are the common areas to find bed bugs?
- Around the tags and corners of your mattresses and boxes
- In the cracks of headboard and bed frame of your mattress
- At the joint of chairs and couch cushions
- Inside the curtain folds
Treatment of Bed Bugs
You cannot get an instant fixation of the bed bug infestation. After all, once these insects attack your home, it will take time to control their infestation. For the treatment of their attack, there are two options available – with or without chemicals.
When in non-chemical treatment, you need to apply heating process on the infested areas and washing all beddings and clothing at high temperature, chemical procedure involves the use of chemical products easily available in the market. However, the best process is the integrated approach of both of chemical and non-chemical techniques.
Although it is possible to combat bed bugs following homely remedies by you, lots of chances are there that still some nymphs and adults remain in some hidden places from where they can swarm in future. Therefore, the best solution is to contact a professional bug control company like Citra Pest Control who can not only prevent the infestation of bed bugs but periodically monitor your home to keep it bug-free.
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