What are bed bugs?

bed-bugsBed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, wingless insects that feed solely upon their hosts’ blood. They are increasingly becoming a problem within residences of all kinds, including homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories, and shelters. Hatchling bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed, and adults are about ¼ of an inch in length. From above they are oval in shape, but are flattened from top to bottom. When disturbed, bed bugs actively seek shelter in dark cracks and crevices, making them often hard to locate. Unfortunately, this often leads to a place of living which has bed bugs months before they are discovered. Bed bugs can be found primarily in bedrooms, living in mattresses, but can also be found on all furniture including couches, draperies, and carpets. They can also live in closets, around baseboards, and in any cracks and crevices surrounding a bed.

 

What should you do if you discover bed bugs?

There are many factors that make bed bugs difficult to handle. They are sometimes confused for other insect pests, and alternately, other insects are sometimes confused for bed bugs. Bed bugs’ secretive nature makes them difficult to find and eliminate. They do not respond to typical household bug sprays, some of which can actually spread bed bugs. Finally, panicked individuals often spread bed bugs throughout their home by dragging infected bed linens or mattresses through their home to the trash.

 

Bed Bug Doctor specializes in the treatment of bed bugs. If you suspect you have bed bugs, your best course of action is to immediately call an experienced Bed Bug Doctor pest control professional to help you quickly and cleanly exterminate this pernicious insect.