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Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are a parasitic pest whose only food source is blood, with humans being their favorite host to feed off of. Bed bugs are found living throughout the entire United States.

What do bed bugs look like? 

Adult bed bugs have a flat-oval shaped body that is perfectly designed to hide in small cracks and crevices.  They are a reddish-brown color, are wingless and grow to be about ¼ of an inch in length.  Directly after a blood meal they will swell slightly and become redder in color. 

Nymphs that have just hatched are about the size of a pinhead and are a tannish-white color.  Bed bug eggs are whitish in color and are very difficult to see with an untrained eye.

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Are bed bugs dangerous? 

Bed bugs are not dangerous and are considered to be nuisance pests because they do not carry or transmit any known diseases.  If a person has a reaction to bed bug bites than itchy raised red bumps may occur on the skin at the bite spot.  If the bites are scratched open than they may require medical attention to prevent an infection.

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 Why do I have bed bugs?

Bed bugs do not fly or jump, but are excellent crawlers and will crawl easily onto a person or their personal belongings.  Bed bugs are found wherever large groups of people congregate and do not care how clean or messy a place is.  Common places that bed bugs are found include five-star hotels, motels, libraries, movie theaters, airports, and secondhand stores.  If coats, bags, luggage or other personal items are placed on the ground in those places bed bugs can crawl into or onto them and be introduced into your home.  Bed bugs are also commonly introduced into homes through used clothing and furniture purchases.

bed bug bites on a woman

What are the signs of bed bugs?

Bed bugs will leave several signs if they have invaded your home.  The most obvious clue is waking up to small red bites on your arms, legs and body.  Often times bed bug bites will appear in a line often called breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They also leave behind small dots of blood on mattresses, bed springs and linens from feeding, and they leave behind tiny brown droppings (feces) in the same places.  Since bed bugs are visible to the human eye the most obvious sign of bed bugs is actually seeing adults in the cracks and crevices of mattresses, box springs, in the cracks of walls, and behind picture frames.

How do I get rid of bed bugs? 

Getting rid of bed bugs from your home should never be attempted on your own.  They are very difficult to eliminate and professional help is required to ensure that all adults, nymphs, and eggs are eliminated from your home.  If bed bugs have invaded your home contact Hoffer today for more information about how we can help through our effective bed bug control services.

Bed bug prevention tips

Preventing bed bugs from coming home with you can be a difficult task, but there are many things that you can do to lessen your chances of coming into contact with them.

  • Keep bags, luggage and purses up off of the ground when spending time in public places or traveling.

  • Inspect your hotel room thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before bringing your luggage into of it.

  • Keep your suitcases up off of the floor of your hotel room and keep items not in use in plastic bags.

  • Immediately wash clothing and your suitcases when returning home from a trip.

  • Avoid purchasing used items from second hand stores, if this is not possible make sure to thoroughly wash any items that you purchase.

  • Try not to bring used mattresses or furniture into your home. If you do, make sure to inspect and vacuum them first.

Bed bugs breed quickly so at the first sign of an infestation call the experts here at Hoffer to begin bed bug control services as quickly as possible!

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