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 us immediately. First, we will inspect your home or business to make sure of the infestation. From there we can offer multiple treatment routes that fit your level of infestation.
- 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 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 a bed bug infestation.
- Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.
- Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to give PMi a call at 336-272-4400 to address an infestation.
House Spider Education
Habits and Habitat
The common house spider randomly selects its web sites and creates a tangled web. If a web does not yield prey (food) it is abandoned, another site is selected, and a new web built. Eventually, successful webs are constructed where air currents bring in prey. House spiders have a difficult time surviving in modern homes due to low humidity and fewer insects for food. They are more likely to be found inside structures like garages, sheds, barns and warehouses. Outside, these domestic spiders are often around windows and under eaves, especially near light sources that attract prey.
Inside structures, house spiders are most likely to be found in upper corners, under furniture, in closets, angles of window frames, basements, garages, and crawl spaces. In warehouses, they are common in corners near doors that stay open. Because of their web site selection by trial and error, many house spider webs may be constructed in several days. Dust collecting on these webs accentuates their presence.
Common house spiders are nuisance pests, but they pose no threats to humans. However a related species, the black widow spider, is considered a medically important pest.