Bed bugs are a common household pest that can be found not just in Georgia and Tennessee, but all over the world. They’ve been preying on humans for hundreds of years, and were almost completely extinct a few decades ago. However, the banning of dangerous chemical pesticides like DDT, as well as the rise of affordable international travel, helped bed bug populations rebound and stretch all over the globe.
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bug eggs are a whitish color and only 1mm in size. Nymphs that are first hatched are cream colored and so small that they can fit through a fabric stitch. Due to their size, both are very difficult, if not impossible to detect with the human eye. Adult bed bugs are small but can be visible to the human eye. They have a flat, oval-shaped body and grow to be about ¼ of an inch in length. Adults are reddish-brown in color and are often compared to looking like an apple seed with legs.
Where are bed bugs found in Georgia and Tennessee?
Bed bugs are often found in public spaces where there is a large amount of human traffic. Some spots where bed bugs commonly reside include:
- Hotels and motels
- Shopping centers
- Movie theaters
Bed bugs hitchhike from one place to another by climbing into bags, luggage, outerwear, furniture, and similar items. Once they have entered your home, they will typically find hiding spaces that are dark, cramped, and provide easy access to a blood meal. The following are just a few areas where bed bugs commonly hide:
- Box springs
- Bed frames
- Cracks in the walls
- Wooden furniture
What are the signs of bed bugs?
Because bed bugs are so small and only feed on humans while they sleep, it can be difficult to spot the presence of bed bugs before they become an issue. A female bed bug can lay anywhere from one to seven eggs per day after a blood feeding and up to 250 eggs during her lifetime. Newly hatched eggs are called nymphs; these young bed bugs can reach maturity in just a few weeks. Given the speed at which they reproduce, a single pregnant female can propagate an infestation of over 5,000 bed bugs in a six-month period.
When it comes to bed bug control, the sooner you spot an infestation, the better. Some signs that bed bugs have infiltrated your home include:
- Finding small specks of blood on mattresses, box springs, and linens.
- Discovering tiny brown droppings on your mattress, box springs, linens, or flooring.
- Finding piles of exoskeletons is a sign of the nymphs growing into adults. Nymphs will shed their outer shell after each feeding.
- Bed bug bites. While some people do not react at all to bed bug bites, others can develop red, itchy welts from being bitten.
Are bed bug bites dangerous?
Bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit any diseases to humans. However, bed bug bites can lead to an infection if the area is broken open from scratching. Having bed bugs in a home can be emotionally damaging for some people. Bed bug infestations can lead to anxiety, stress, and loss of sleep.
If I throw out my mattress will the bed bug problem go away?
No, throwing out your mattress will not solve your bed bug problem. It will just cause you to have nowhere comfortable to sleep at night. Bed bugs are not just found in mattresses and bedrooms. They can move easily through your home and be found hiding throughout it. Your entire home needs to be treated to completely eliminate an infestation, not just your mattresses.
How can Allgood Pest Solutions help me get rid of bed bugs?
At Allgood, our professionals understand how stressful and unpleasant it can be to know that bed bugs have invaded your home or business. Because of this we will work quickly and safely to treat bed bugs, ensuring that the infestation is completely eliminated. If you suspect your home or business may be infested with bed bugs, don’t wait another minute – contact Allgood Pest Solutions today for a free bed bug inspection.