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The common bed bug is visible to the naked eye. Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, oval-shaped, flattened, and about 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. After a blood meal, the body elongates and becomes swollen. Eggs are not placed on the host’s body, but are found on surfaces near where the host sleeps.
Bed bugs are found in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage or other personal belongings such as purses and briefcases.
Not everyone develops a skin reaction to bed bug bites, but some people develop itchy red bumps. These appear around 15 to 30 minutes after being bitten and can last for several days.Although bedbugs can be upsetting and stressful to find, they aren’t dangerous and don’t transmit any human diseases. Most people don’t develop any serious skin reaction.
A single bedbug can produce up to 4000 young (called “nymphs”), and they may lie dormant for 18 months at a time in sheets and articles of clothing, allowing them to spread rapidly and across great distances.
Attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide, they crawl out at night to bite exposed skin and feed on blood, just as mosquitoes do.Under cool conditions, bed bugs have been able to survive up to a year without a meal. They’re not attracted to dirt, so a bedbug infestation isn’t a sign of an unclean home.
How do you get Bed Bugs?
You can pick up bed bugs almost anywhere — offices, stores, hotels and gyms for starters. They’re great at hiding and have been known to hitchhike in luggage, personal belongings or even you. Once indoors, they can be very difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist. You can reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.
Look for areas near where the bed bugs are biting. Main areas of inspection are cracks and crevices in head and foot boards and attached side railings and supports. Look for any cracks or crevices where bed bugs may crawl into to hide. If the top of the mattress has any rips, the bed bugs may hide there as well. Look in your boxsprings also, both top and bottom for any rips that might shelter these bugs.
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