Bedbugs can fit in tiny spaces (about the width of a credit card), and will enter your home through all sorts of items. Used furniture like beds or couches, luggage clothing, etc. They often hitch rides home from the hotel with you. They love living in mattresses where they have easy access to food all night long, however, they may be found in any part of the house. They typically like to eat every five to ten days, though they can survive for months without eating. Treating bed bugs is a more sophisticated process so there will be a small additional fee to handle a bed bug infestation.
Bedbugs are small, oval, about ¼ of an inch long (about the size and shape of an apple seed) and are yellowish to reddish brown in color. They are flat and lighter in color when they haven’t fed for a while. When they are full, they are redder and fatter. They do not fly, but move very quickly. Their diet consists only of blood. The females lay hundreds of eggs in their life. Each egg is about the size of a piece of dust. Although bedbugs are not fun to deal with, they do not transmit diseases.
Their bites may be found on any skin and can leave itchy welts with no red spot showing where the skin was pierced (like other bites may have, fleas for example). To confirm the presence of bedbugs, you need to actually see the bugs, as there are many different creatures that can leave itchy bites. If you notice bites after you wake up that you didn’t have when you went to bed or if you see blood spots on your sheets, you may want to look around for signs of the pests. Look for rusty colored spots of excrement, eggshells or shed skin, and a possible musty odor.
If you are uncertain of what to look for, leave it to the professionals. We’re happy to come out and check your room for these critters. In order to really get rid of them, we recommend professional extermination service.
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