There’s nothing peskier than a pest, especially one that’s inside your house; in your bed, on the floor, on your couch. That’s right don’t be fooled, bed bugs can inhabit more than just your bed, all they want is a soft place to hide. This means even your clothes are in danger. If you’re curious about this unwanted pest, continue reading to lean all about bed bugs, but most importantly: what they are, where they come from, and how to get rid of them.
What are bed bugs? If there’s one thing that bed bugs are, it’s unwanted.
They are also disturbing, annoying, gross, and hard to get rid of. But, if you really want to know, bed bugs are tiny, wingless insects that do live in your bed, and do want your blood. In fact, while bed bugs feed on all warm-blooded animals, humans are their preferred host. Go figure, they live in our beds and prefer our blood.
Types of bed bugs
There are two main types of bed bugs, but you can still find both, that’s right- in your bed. The two species are named Cimex lecturalius and Cimex hemipterus, but bed bug will suffice. Bed bugs date back to ancient times, even some 3,500 years ago. Over time, they have become more and more parasitic, living in the nests of birds and bats, and eventually adapting to our human environment.
Characteristics of a bed bug
From newborn to adulthood, bed bugs are known as eggs, nymphs or hatchlings, and finally adults. No matter how tiny, they are all visible to the naked human eye, although a nymph is approximately the size of a poppy seed and will only grow to 0.25 inches long. Bed bugs are oval shaped and flat when they are not feeding. During feeding, they double in size. After a feeding, they will have an enlarged dark red or black blob noticeable on their bodies. Bed bugs get their name from learning to inhabit the human environment and loving it! Bed bugs prefer our world; our sofas, mattresses, clothing, and soft things in general.
Where do they come from?
We know, you keep a clean home, but can you say the same about your school? Workplace? Hotel? Or even the bus? That’s right, the answer is, bed bugs can come from anywhere and they will. Bed bugs love to hitchhike and travel. If you’ve been in a place with bed bugs, chances are they’ll catch on. Bed bugs can hide in suitcases, boxes, shoes, purses. You might also find them behind baseboards, in switch plates, behind picture frames, in the folds of bedding, and in nearly any crack or crevice you can imagine. Bed bugs multiply fast. Although they typically feed at night, they will feed occasionally during the day, and all they need is one meal to fully engorge. Once engorged they will hide to the most secluded places for 5-10 days to digest, mate, and lay eggs- lots of eggs.
You will first notice bed bugs by the itchy, red, welts left on your body from their feeding. If you notice these bites and feel that they primarily happen during your sleep, you should suspect bed bugs. Look for pale, poppy seed sized eggs on the bed linens and anywhere near your bed. You may also notice reddish, brown stains on your bed sheets from their droppings.
How to get rid of them
Treating your body for bites is the easy part. Topical creams typically do the trick, especially cortisone. Sometimes an oral antibiotic may be needed if the skin becomes infected. And corticosteroids and antihistamines May be used for those with sever allergic reactions.
Treating them from your home is not so easy. First and foremost, you should contact a professional. You will need a professional. Besides that, there is not much else you can do. Removing as much clutter as possible is helpful because it gives bed bugs less places to hide. You may also pull mattresses, dressers, any furniture away from the walls to prepare for inspection. After that, it’s all up to the professionals.
Bed Bug Exterminator
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