Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are indoors pests that thrive in temperature-controlled properties. They have specialized piercing mouthparts that are held underneath their bodies until it is time to feed. Bed bugs are biting pests that feed on the blood of their hosts – preferably humans. If people aren’t available, they will feed on the blood of other animals. They have flat, oval-shaped, mahogany-colored bodies that will expand and turn a more purplish-red color after feeding.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not pests that you should let live in your home for any length of time. They will feed on your blood and can cause itchy allergic reactions. Bed bug infestations are extremely difficult to eliminate and may lead to disrupted sleep and increased stress during the day. Fast action will limit your exposure to these biting pests, and you should contact a professional pest control company immediately at the first sign of an infestation.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are wingless and do not jump or fly, but will move from place to place by crawling onto people or their belongings and hitchhiking their way into your home or business. Bed bugs find us because they are attracted to our sweat, skin cells, and smell. Once they get inside your property, they tend to infest sleeping areas. If the infestation is allowed to continue, the bed bugs will move through walls and floors into other areas of a home.

Where will I find bed bugs?

You can find bed bugs wherever there are people. Bed bugs live in homes, apartment buildings, airports, hospitals, libraries, movie theaters, hotels, motels, museums, nursing homes, schools, and dormitories. They hide during the day and emerge at night to feed on their sleeping victims, attracted by body heat and the carbon dioxide we produce as we breathe. Inside homes, bed bugs will hideout in box springs, the seams of mattresses, and upholstered furniture. Their flattened bodies allow them to hide inside cracks in walls, wooden furniture, and behind baseboards. Bed bugs also take cover behind wall hangings, under piles of dirty laundry, and inside keyboards and electronics.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The best way to eliminate problems with bed bugs at your Southeast Florida home or business is to partner with an experienced professional. At Pest-Aside, we offer the residential and commercial services needed to get rid of bed bugs and other common Florida pests at an affordable price. We are 100% committed to our customers and their pest control needs. To learn more about our pest control services, contact Pest-Aside today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Preventing problems with bed bugs on your Boca Raton or Southeast Florida property is a difficult task, but here are some steps you can take to help avoid an infestation:

  • Keep bags, coats, luggage, and other personal belongings up off the ground and away from other people’s belongings.

  • After purchasing clothing or taking clothing on a trip, wash and dry it on the highest heat setting possible.

  • Avoid introducing used mattresses and furniture into your home.

  • Regularly and thoroughly vacuum your home.

  • Wash bedding weekly and inspect mattresses and box springs.

  • Before bringing luggage into a hotel room or other rental space thoroughly inspect it for bed bugs and their signs.

  • When traveling, research hotels before booking a room, and check their reviews for pest issues. Learn about their bed bug treatment policy.

 

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