About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are blood-sucking parasites that have traveled with humans all over the world. They have adapted so well, in fact, that their bites are nearly painless. The pests are also capable of feeding on animals such as dogs, cats, and other pets. Having an infestation of bed bugs does not mean that one is unclean, although clutter does give them more places to hide. At one time bugs were nearly eradicated, but with more people than ever traveling abroad the bed bugs have additional opportunities to hitch a ride and come to the states. With that said, be ever mindful when traveling of the possibility of a bed bug encounter. Always be proactive to ensure the pests don’t find a way to travel with you. As a precaution, it is always a good idea to check your room for the bugs. Check the headboard and the areas around the bed. Be sure to always inspect your luggage after traveling for any signs of a bed bug.
To spot bed bugs, one needs to know what to look for. They have an oval and flat body about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch long. Their bodies are a reddish-brown color that can darken to blood-red after feeding. These bugs can be seen by the naked eye. Total eradication is required for complete control of the tiny parasites.
Most infestations are found in the bedroom, although it can occur in just about any room. The best way to search for the pests is to start in the bedroom (or wherever you sleep). Pay particular attention on and around the mattress, box spring, bed frames, furniture, behind pictures and clocks on the wall, cracks in wood floors, and under carpet. If you ever discover a bed bug in your home, call professionals immediately. Where there is one, there is sure to be more.