Bed bugs are one of the most unwanted pests that Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan home and business owners can find signs of around their home or business. A bed bug infestation can grow quickly and become a big problem fast. Not only are beg bugs a nuisance, they can pose a health risk with their bite. Knowing what to look for and what bed bugs look like is the first step in identifying and controlling these pests.
A common mistake people make is assuming that the bug or bugs they see around their home or business is not bed bugs, leading to a much larger problem. We are going to review what bed bugs looks like and some common signs that you may have an infestation.
What are Bed Bugs?
We have reviewed what bed bugs are before, but thought it wouldn’t hurt to briefly cover it again.
Bed bugs are insects from the genus Cimex that feed on human blood, usually at night. Bed bugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bed bugs may lay hundreds of eggs over a lifetime, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust.
Bed bugs bite to feed and survive. Bed bugs are most active at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. Bed bugs feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. Bed bug bites are usually painless at first, but can turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites, that are mainly around the ankles, bed bug bites are on any area of skin that is exposed.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
If you see some new pests around your home or business, the first step to fixing the problem is usually identifying what exactly has taken up residence. While no one wants to believe that they may have a bed bug problem, you should know what bed bugs look like, so you can be sure. If in doubt, call a local pest control expert to inspect and help identify for you. Let’s dive in.
According to the EPA, adult bed bugs are usually about the size of an apple seed (3/16 – 1/4 inch long). If they have not fed recently they have a flat oval-shaped body that is long and brown. Bed bugs can look more full, balloon-like, elongated, and a reddish brown color, if they have fed recently.
Nymphs, young bed bugs are typically smaller than the older bugs and more translucent and yellowish in color. If they have not fed recently, they can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of their color and size. Bed bug eggs are also hard to spot, as they are very tiny, usually the size of a pinhead, and pearly white in color.
How do I Know if I Have a Bed Bugs in my Home or Business?
Knowing what bed bugs look like is step one; however, due to their size, and sometimes color, it can be hard to actually see these pests to know that you have a problem. You should watch for signs of bed bugs around your home or business, such as: smelling a sweet musty odor, discovering new small brown or tan streaks on sheets, blankets, and furniture, actually seeing them, or finding yourself or others in the space with unexplained bites or itchy rashes.
Bed bugs tend to hide in clothing, furniture, carpet, bedding, luggage, and more. If there is a crevice, they will find it and take up residence.
Bed Bug Pest Control
If you think they you may have bed bugs in your home or business, you should call in an expert right away. Bed bug pest control is the best way to eliminate your problem and ensure each and every bed bug is gone. Bed bugs are not a pest you want to try an at-home treatment on yourself.
Delving Pest Control offers discreet pest control in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. We get rid of your nasty bed bugs by using a safe and effective solution to exterminate them, thermal treatment. Delving Pest Control treats your infected home with heat and it eliminates bed bugs from beds, walls, floors, furniture, and bedding.