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What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are very small insects that feed on the blood of animals, specifically warm-blooded animals. While only about a quarter of an inch in size, Bed bugs can easily be seen by the human eye. Because they don’t fly, you will generally find them packed up together in some kind of nest, which is why they like people’s beds.
With the increasing number of bed bug bites and infestations across the world, many people are wondering how to prevent, control, kill, and quite simply, just get rid of them. Here you will find some of the best bed bug treatment and prevention products available today, as well as all the information and treatment guides you might need.
Bed Bug Infestations
Bedbugs have long been associated with filth and dirt, but any home or dwelling has the potential for bedbugs. They just need the right conditions and food sources to thrive. You will need to know the signs of a bedbug infestation, so here is what to look for and where to look for bedbugs.
Signs of Bed Bug Infestation:
Some of the signs of bed bugs include small blood stains or small, light brown skins found on bed sheets, headboards, walls, and other areas of a room. Look for these physical signs:
See our article about doing your own bed bug inspection for more information.
Bed Bug Control in Apartments, Hotels, and Homes
Since bed bugs do not fly, they are expert hitchhikers and can take fairly long journeys to find food and shelter. This makes hotels and apartments especially vulnerable to bed bugs. Here are some tips and things to keep in mind, both when living in an apartment and traveling.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are everywhere these days. While some areas have a greater concentration of bed bugs than others, infestations can be found almost anywhere and you need to be cautious, especially while traveling. Now that you have read our bed bug inspection guide, the next step in getting rid of bed bugs is two-fold:??
1. Read our article, How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
With the increasing number of bed bug bites and infestations across the world, many people are wondering how to prevent, control, kill, and quite simply, just get rid of them. Well, if you’re one of many who want to know how to get rid of bed bugs, you have come to the right place. Here you will find some of the best bed bugs treatment and prevention products available today. Getting rid of bed bugs doesn’t have to be expensive. The main objective of DoMyOwnPestControl.com is to save you money on pest control, including the more difficult pests like bed bugs.
Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control and if you’re not careful, you may end up throwing your bed, couch, and other pieces of costly furniture, out the door. Don’t let it get to this point; buy our bed bug control products and prevent or kill those bed bugs before it’s too late.
Bed Bug Infestation Management
After you have inspected thoroughly, now you must get rid of your invaders. There are two key aspects to controlling bed bugs: non-chemical control to eradicate the bugs from your environment and chemical controls to break the lifecycle of the bed bugs and keep them from returning.
Non-Chemical Bed Bug Control
Chemical Bed Bug Control
To achieve the maximum level of control, it will be necessary to incorporate some form of pesticide use as part of the overall approach to bed bug management. Think of pesticides as the powerful punch of your program. When applying pesticides, be sure to treat all surrounding areas to the infestation, in addition to the source itself, including wall voids between infested rooms.
Product Recommendations: To get rid of bed bugs effectively we'd recommend purchasing at least one of each type of product below for a complete bed bug control treatment. Don't forget to purchase enough for a follow-up treatment in two weeks:
Follow-Ups to Control Measures
The final step in bed bug management is the most important. You will probably see a significant improvement after the initial treatment and implementation of the steps in this program. Complete bed bug elimination takes patience, persistence, and time. Following an initial treatment and implementation, you should continue to actively inspect on a regular schedule (every 2 or 3 weeks) to monitor bed bug populations. Non-chemical and chemical control will likely need to be repeated on a bi-monthly to monthly basis until all signs of infestation disappear completely.
Bed Bug Description and Life Cycle
Bed bugs are oval in shape, wingless, and rusty red or mahogany in color. They are only about 1/4 inch long with flattened bodies on well-developed antennae, small eyes, and a widened area behind the head area. The nymphs, or underdeveloped younger generations, look similar to the adults except they are smaller in size and lighter in color.
Bed bugs do not burrow under your skin to feed, but use piercing, sucking mouthparts to gain access to blood. When they feed, they inject their saliva into skin, causing allergic reactions and skin irritation, much like mosquitoes. However, their bites are often not felt at the time.
Bed bugs are attracted to the heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide emitted from their chosen hosts. They feed every three to four days, and one feeding can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Bed bugs can survive a few months without food, remaining dormant until they find a host. While they are often associated with dirty places and disease, bed bugs have not been found to carry or transmit any diseases.
Bed bugs go through what is called “gradual metamorphosis,” meaning they will go through progressively larger stages and require a blood meal to molt into the next nymph stage before reaching adulthood. The entire life cycle can take between five weeks to four months, depending on conditions and food sources available. Adult bedbugs can live for up to ten months. When you do an inspection, you won’t find any pupae- just eggs and various sizes of bedbugs. Females will reproduce as long as they are able and can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. They lay eggs in the same place they harbor.
Can You See Bed Bugs?
Yes, you can see bed bugs. An adult bed bug is about the size of an apple seed, making it easily visible to the naked eye. See our bed bug inspection guide above for more information about what bedbugs look like and how to find them.
Bed Bug Map
U.S. States With The Worst Bed Bug Problems
The graphic below is a bed bug map that lists the order of which U.S. States have been searching online for bed bug control the most in 2012.
Bed Bug Pictures
So what do bed bugs look like? Check out some of these pictures of bed bugs:
Bed Bug Bite Time-lapse Video
Want to see what it’s like to have a bed bug bite you? Check out this video:
Bed Bug Bite Facts
Many people wonder whether or not bed bug bites are harmful. Do they hurt? Do they leave a rash? What are bed bug bites symptoms? The image below will show you what bed bug bites look like. The truth is that bed bug bites are generally not harmful, but the irritation from them can last for longer periods of time than other common insect bites, such as flea bites. The difference between a flea bite and a bed bug bite is the center. Flea bites create a red dot in the center. Bed bug bites do not. Visit our Bed Bug FAQ page for other common bed bug questions and facts.
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