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Bed Bugs

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?

Bed bugs are found in public spaces where there are large amounts of human traffic. Airports, planes, buses, taxis, hospitals, hotels, motels, shopping centers, libraries, and movie theaters are all spots where bed bugs commonly reside. Bed bugs hitchhike from one place to another by climbing into bags, luggage, outerwear, furniture and other-like items. Once they have hitchhiked into a home, they can be found hiding in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, bedding, furniture, carpets, baseboards, and in the cracks of walls, and wooden furniture.

What are the signs of bed bugs?

Signs that bed bugs have infiltrated your home include:

  • Finding small spots of blood on mattresses, box springs, and linens.

  • Discovering tiny brown droppings on your mattress, box spring, 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. 

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