People often ask, “What do bed bugs look like?” Here’s a quick description: Adults are approximately the size of an apple seed and mahogany brown in color. Babies can be quite small, about the size of a grain of sand and are tan in color until they feed for the first time. They are quite elusive, hiding very well inside cracks and crevices between feedings making them very difficult to locate. Often the only signs of infestations are small drops of blood on the sheets that are excreted as they feed. Shed skins, fecal stains (which look like pepper glued to a surface) and eggs may also be observed tucked away in hidden locations. Identifications should never be based solely on bites shown. It is extremely difficult to see any signs of bed bugs during early infestation, so many people use our Bed Bug Detection Dogs, Hagar & Helga to help determine if bed bugs are present. Learn more on K9 Bed Bug Detection Here.
While bed bugs do not cause damage to your home they will bite as blood is their only source of food. Although no disease transmission has been attributed to bed bugs, their bites may cause swelling and intense itching in some people. Secondary infections due to scratching may occur in some persons. While over the counter medications may help, many persons bitten exhibit intense itching that can last for days.
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This pest is a hitchhiker and may have been picked up virtually anywhere. Gym lockers, Public transportation, infested hotel rooms, movie theaters, schools and just about any other place where the potential for contact with items from other persons with infested homes may spread this pest. While one may have an idea where they were contracted from, there is no certain way of knowing for sure where they came from. Often this pest goes undetected for several months before being noticed by homeowners due to their secretive nature.
Eliminating clutter helps to reduce potential pest harborages and aids greatly in the treatment process. Laundering potentially infested clothing and washable items in hot water and running them through the dryer on high heat will also help to kill this pest. Most over the counter products utilized in bed bug control are largely ineffective, especially if you lack experience in controlling this pest. Over the counter pesticide applications may actually make long term control of this pest more difficult as repellency may drive them even deeper into their hidden locations. Hiring an experienced professional is always the best when dealing with this pest.
They can. Once bed bugs enter a structure, they can easily travel into adjacent rooms creating multiple feeding areas. This is why it is often recommended, and necessary, to treat adjacent rooms when eliminating a bed bug population. If a population is not handled immediately, conditions can quickly grow to be a nightmare for a homeowner, or property.
Viking has developed a highly successful control program that relies on the latest integrated approaches to bed bug treatment. The products used for control are carefully selected with equal emphasis on both safety and effectiveness. The products are applied by trained and highly experienced staff who understands the intricacies of bed bug control. With two on staff entomologists training our pest management professional you can be assured that Viking staff will be knowledgeable and able to control your bed bug concerns. Please contact us for a free inspection and treatment options customized for your unique situation if these Bed Bug FAQs didn’t cover it.