What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are blood sucking parasites that cause itchy bites, resulting in big, red welts. They are small insects that inhabit areas with close access to people and animal skin. They can live in the cracks of your furniture, in any kind of cloth, and are most common in mattresses and upholstery. Bed bugs are most active at night, biting any exposed area of skin while the individual is sleeping. They usually consume their host’s blood for up to 10 minutes. Once fed, bed bugs will move to a secluded place and hide for a week or more. During this hidden time, bed bugs mate and lay eggs, increasing the chances of an infestation. Bed bugs are commonly rust colored but can also be a light tan.
Where are bed bugs found?
Bed bugs are found all over the world. There have been recent bed bug outbreaks in DC and Maryland. The amount of people traveling in and out of the area has raised the probability of contamination, even restaurants and clubs are not immune. Bed bugs can live in any article of clothing, bedding, or upholstery and may spread by crawling. Bed bugs may reside in the folds and creases in bedding, in the pleats of curtains, under loose moldings and furniture by beds or couches, and inside dirty ducts or cluttered floors. The lifespan of a bed bug is up to 12 months and they can survive many months without food. It has also been noted that heavily invested areas smell sweet and musty, and have dark brownish red fecal stains. If you suspect a bed bug problem, contact a pest control professional to identify and confirm bed bug activity.
How are bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs are spread through contamination by infested garments. Hotels are a big target for bed bugs because of the large overturn of guests as well as subpar cleaning standards in some places. Movie theaters, laundromats, public transportation vehicles and other high-occupant turnover locations are also targets for the spread of bed bugs.
How do I get rid of an infestation?
Hiring a pest control company is your best option for eradicating a significant infestation. Professional pest controllers can assist you with control steps and can best advise you on the use of pesticides and any other bed bug control strategies to ensure a thorough extermination.