There are several bugs that resemble bed bugs. It can be hard to tell them apart. A pest in your home, business or hotel room when you are traveling is never wanted, especially bed bugs. Here are a few things to keep in mind about bed bugs that will help you identify them correctly.
Bedbugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide, which is what you exhale when you breathe. They are little pests that grow up to be about the size of an apple seed. More specifically, they are about 4 to 5mm in length.
Bed bugs are as thin as a credit card unless they have eaten, becoming engorged and rounded.
They turn whitish, brownish-red and oval. They have a lot in common with quite a few other bugs. In fact, sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether you have a bedbug problem or not. Not only are there many look-a likes, but they have something else in common, their source of food, their blood-meal, YOU!
Bat bugs are about the same size, ranging from 3 to 5mm. They can be beige, dark brown, and oval. They look so much like a bedbug that you really need to view them under a microscope to tell them apart.
They do however, prefer to feast on bats, or birds. If they have any type of food shortage though, well then humans become a possibility. They can even migrate to your mattresses and bed frames.
Swallow bugs are oval and the same size as bedbugs. You would need a magnifying glass to observe a distinct difference.
Their bodies are covered with fine, long hair that are longer than the width of their eye. These bugs love to feast on swallows, especially the cliff and barn types. If they have a food shortage, they will certainly feast on humans. They tend to live in swallow holes and nests, but they have also been known to move on into homes and businesses for survival.
Another bed bug look alike is the cockroach nymph. They are the size and coloring of bedbugs. They have that flatness too. They can be problematic for humans, but not with feeding off of us. Instead, some people are very sensitive to them, especially if they have asthma. Their fecal droppings and decaying, molted exoskeletons can contribute to allergens.
In any case, whenever you feel there is an infestation with bugs, it really is wise to call in the professionals. Hi-Tech Pest Control Services has been eradicating bedbugs and all types of pests for over 30 years. Whether it stings, crawls, flies, bites, or destroys, our professional exterminators can solve it – including cockroaches, yellow jackets, mice, carpenter ants, wasps, and other stinging insects!
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