What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs likely get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores, and even public transportation. Bed bugs have become more prominent over the past 20 years and it’s important to protect yourself from taking these extraordinary hitchhikers home.
If you do identify bed bugs in your home, contact PMi immediately. First, we will inspect your home or business to confirm an infestation. From there we can offer multiple treatment options, depending on the specific conditions of the bed bug activity.
- Color: Unfed adults are mahogany; engorged bed bugs are red-brown. Nymphs are nearly colorless.
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Flat, broad oval when unfed; swollen and elongated when fed.
- Size: Adults are 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm.
- Antennae: Yes
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Bed Bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to locations where humans rest. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices. Bed bugs are also known to survive in temporary or alternative habitats, such as backpacks and under the seats in cars, busses and trains. If you can slide a business card into a crack, then a bed bug can most likely fit there.
Although these pests can dine on any warm-blooded animal, they primarily dine on humans. They do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts. Infestations can quickly get out of hand as these bugs reproduce rapidly.
Bed Bug Prevention
- Inspect mattress seams, behind headboards, box springs and other seams of furniture when you arrive at your hotel.
- Check your bedsheets for tell-tale blood spots.
- Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays. Or keep your luggage in the bathtub until you have had a chance to inspect.
- Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.
- Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of an infestation.
- Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of these pests.
- Bed bug infestations are best managed by trained professionals, so give PMi a call at 336-272-4400 to address an infestation.